Scotland's People Family History Centre


Scotland's people Centre, General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY

    Research your Scottish ancestry in Scotland's largest family history centre.

    Scotlands People Centre for family history and records of famous Scots
    Have you ever wondered about your Scottish ancestors? What they did and how they lived? The Scotland's People Centre can help you find the answers to these questions.
    The Scotland's People Centre provides easy access to Scottish Family History records such as birth, marriage and death records, wills, census records and coats of arms. Searching is quick and easy using modern computer technology to bring the records to you in an instant at over 150 search places. Staff are in hand to provide help and guidance and there is no need to search through dusty books for hours on end! Find Royalty, famous people and ordinary folk. All in the splendour of General Register House and New Register House.
    For new visitors to the Centre, we have a limited number of free introductory taster sessions weekdays from 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:00.
    Search rooms are open weekdays from 09:00 to 16:30 and a place costs £15 for full or part day.
    Take time out from your family history research to visit our cafe, and shop for gift ideas, books and other mementos.

    4 Visitor Attraction
    Assisted wheelchair access
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Open Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 16:30. Closed for some public holidays - check our website for details:


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Shop


    • 24hr CCTV
    • ASVA Member
    • Level Access
    • No Smoking Permitted


    • City Centre


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Paid Parking within easy distance
    • Public Parking Nearby
    • Taxi Rank < 100m from station


    • Payphones Available
    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card

    Road Directions

    We offer two car parking spaces for disabled people, which need to be booked in advance.
    Commercial car parking is available nearby.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- The ScotlandsPeople Centre is located at the east end of Princes Street directly opposite the Balmoral Hotel.

    Getting there by railway:- Edinburgh's main railway station (Waverley) is within 5 minutes walk.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- The nearest airport is Edinburgh Airport. There are bus services which operate from the airport to the centre of Edinburgh. There is also an express service, Airlink 100, which runs to Waverley Bridge, only a short walk from the ScotlandsPeople Centre.

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities

    Attraction Entrance

    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • Number of steps 20


    • Wheelchairs or other mobility aids provided
      • These are freely available
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • all routes
      • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
    • Good colour / tonal contrast used throughout the attraction e.g. doors contrast strongly with floors/walls
    • Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.)
    • Contrast markings on all glass doors and all full-height windows
    • Lighting effective throughout the attraction for visually impaired visitors e.g. pools of light and dark areas are avoided

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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