Leith Waterworld

In pictures: Recalling the glory days of Leith Waterworld

With its flumes, water cannons and artificial waves, fun-filled Leith Waterworld was one of Edinburgh's most popular leisure attractions for the best part of two decades. Sadly, keeping the council-owned pool afloat forever proved to be just too much of a drain on local funds.

Opening in May 1992 at a cost of £14 million, the much-adored Leith Waterworld, which stood on part of the site once occupied by Leith Central railway station, was more than just another public pool. Its flumes, slides, geysers, water cannons and artificial waves provided a watery haven suitable for all ages for almost 20 years. Long-term, however, the high annual costs required to maintain the facility meant it was frequently threatened with closure. Despite a prolonged fight by local residents to keep the chlorinated waters flowing, the pool was axed for good in January 2012. The building still stands, but a children's soft play now fills the space.

Children celebrate the opening of a new swimming pool at Leith Waterworld in May 1992.
Children celebrate the opening of a new swimming pool at Leith Waterworld in May 1992.
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Exterior shot taken in July 1993. The pool was built on part of the site once occupied by Leith Central railway station.
Exterior shot taken in July 1993. The pool was built on part of the site once occupied by Leith Central railway station.
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Leith Waterworld interior, 1998. The pool catered for all ages.
Leith Waterworld interior, 1998. The pool catered for all ages.
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Give us a wave, 1993. The pool proved to be a massive hit during its early years of operation.
Give us a wave, 1993. The pool proved to be a massive hit during its early years of operation.
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