Visiting James Clerk Maxwell’s Birthplace
The house in which James Clerk Maxwell was born is open to visitors by appointment only.
Visits are conducted by volunteers and take approximately 1 hour. The tours are free, but donations to the Foundation are always appreciated.
Tours are normally conducted during 10:00 - 12:30, and 14:30 - 17:00, Monday to Friday (please see below).
Provided you are able to give sufficient advance notice, parties of 10 or more may be negotiated by special arrangement.
If you would like to arrange a visit, please give us as much advance notice as you can and e-mail us with the following information:
• Main contact name and e-mail address (if different from sender)
• Contact telephone number
• Your institution, or your home address
• Total number in party
• Requested visit date, preference for AM or PM, and, if possible, some alternatives)
• Any special requests or other information you want to include
Please also indicate whether you would like to be added to the email distribution list for our Newsletter.
Please send your email to:
To avoid disappointment, please allow us 48 hours to respond to your request.
For bookings more than 4 weeks ahead, we will confirm your visit time about 3 weeks in advance.
Please note, the house is on two levels, the first level is entered via a short flight of steps, and the upper level can only be accessed by a full flight of stairs.
You may also combine a visit to James Clerk Maxwell’s Birthplace with the new self-guided James Clerk Maxwell walking tour of Edinburgh, now available to download. More information can be found on the Walking Tour page.
James Clerk Maxwell’s Birthplace is at 14 India Street, Edinburgh, which is situated in the New Town, to the North of Queen Street and Heriot Row,
a few minutes walk from Princes Street