Visiting James Clerk Maxwell’s Birthplace
The house in which James Clerk Maxwell was born is open to visitors by appointment.
Visits for up to twelve people are conducted by volunteers and take approximately 1 hour, but please note that there are four steps up to the main door. The tours are free, but donations to the Foundation are always appreciated.
Tour appointments are normally available in the periods 10:00 - 12:30, and 14:30 - 17:00, Monday to Friday.
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 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:
We will then endeavour to get back to you within 48 hours with an available appointment time.
For bookings more than 4 weeks ahead, we will confirm your visit time about 3 weeks in advance.
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.