The house in which James Clerk Maxwell was born is normally open to visitors. However, visits are currently suspended because of the public health emergency and we do not know when we can restart. In anticipation of restrictions being lifted at some time in the future, details of how to arrange a visit are given below. But please bear in mind that all bookings are provisional at the moment.
Our e-mail for arranging visits is:
Tours are conducted by volunteers and take approximately 1 hour. 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.
There is no charge, but donations to the Foundation are always appreciated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You may also combine a visit to James Clerk Maxwell’s Birthplace with the self-guided James Clerk Maxwell walking tour of Edinburgh.