Visiting James Clerk Maxwell’s Birthplace
The house in which James Clerk Maxwell was born is open to visitors as set out below.
Tours are conducted by volunteers and take approximately 1 hour. There is no charge, but donations to the Foundation are always appreciated.
Groups of 1 - 9 Visitors
Tours are normally conducted at 3 pm on Tuesdays. (Please note exceptions. The following tours will take place on Wednesdays rather than the preceding Tuesday: Wednesday 3rd October and Wednesday 21st November. Also, the tour on Tuesday 23 October will commence at 2.30 pm.)
Admission is by advance e-mail request only to the address below. We will send you notification as to whether a place is available prior to the visit date. Please note unless we receive your request at least 48 hours in advance there is no guarantee that the venue will be staffed and open to visitors.
Parties of 10 or More Visitors
Provided you are able to give sufficient advance notice, special arrangements may be made for larger parties to visit at other times. Group visits must be requested and arranged by a group spokesperson who intends to be present at the visit itself. Requests from third party tour organisers will not be considered.
Visits from Abroad
If you are travelling a considerable distance with a specific aim of visiting James Clerk Maxwell’s birthplace, e.g. for academic, scientific or historic reasons, requests for a visit by special arrangement may be considered if one of our hosts has availability during your stay in Edinburgh.
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
• Contact telephone number
• Institution (school, university, organisation) or home location (city and country)
• Total number in your party
• Requested visit date
• If you are requesting a visit by special arrangement please give details about your group and the reason for your visit
Please also indicate whether you would like to be added to the email distribution list for our Newsletter (examples available here).
Please send your email to:
The James Clerk Maxwell Foundation will use the information you send solely for the purposes of (i) arranging and contacting you about your visit; (ii) collecting visitor numbers by world region;(iii) sending you our newsletter where you have specifically requested this.
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 self-guided James Clerk Maxwell walking tour of Edinburgh available to download. More information can be found on the Walking Tour page.
A panoramic virtual tour of the Birthplace is also available, allowing you to see inside the restored house and view the exhibits at your own pace.
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