The University of Edinburgh’s main gym facilities and the indoor sport centre are based at the Pleasance, an interesting complex of buildings which form an important part of Edinburgh’s brewing history dating back to the 18th century. The brewery building at no. 46 has retained many of its original openings including vaulted areas in the basement and is an important remnant of the industrial past of the area. In 1938, the West and South blocks of the brewery were converted
into a gymnasium for the University of Edinburgh Centre Dept of Physical Education. The Pleasance Sports Complex is now regarded as one of the busiest and most impressive sport and exercise providers in the country, and regularly attracts plaudits for the scope and quality of its facilities, services and programmes.
The University of Edinburgh’s Sports Hall of Fame include Sir Chris Hoy MBE (cycling), Eric Lidell (athletics), Katherine Grainger (rowing), Gregor Townsend (rugby) and Julie Fleeting (football).
Guided tours on request.