The house in which James Clerk Maxwell was born is normally open to visitors for pre-arranged tours every Tuesday at 3pm. However, the public health emergency imposes some restrictions on what we can do. Details of how to arrange a visit for a small group from the same bubble are given below. But please bear in mind that all bookings are provisional at the moment.
Tours (at 3pm on Tuesdays) are conducted by volunteers and standard tours 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.
Our e-mail for arranging visits is:
From a recent visitor:
Thank you for taking so much of your time this afternoon to give us a personalized tour of the Maxwell Home. My brother and my son and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Maxwell's incredible technical legacy and varied accomplishments in such detail.
Admission is by advance e-mail request only to . 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.
Currently under review.
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.