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ScotlandsPeople Centre

3 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YT, Scotland
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All Those Ancestors!!

This is right on Princess Street, directly across from the South Bridge Road. After paying the 15... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2017
Liamsmamo
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Stuart, Florida
Well worth a visit

I have a large number of Scottish ancestors so I spent a week at the centre in July 2017. With... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2017
Erin P
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3 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YT, Scotland
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

This is right on Princess Street, directly across from the South Bridge Road. After paying the 15 pound fee for the day, you leave your backpacks etc in a locker (1 pound coin which is returned) and enter a large room with many computers and...More

Thank Liamsmamo
Reviewed 16 September 2017

I have a large number of Scottish ancestors so I spent a week at the centre in July 2017. With access to ALL birth, marriage and death records from 1855-2015 and ALL census records from 1841-1911 plus many other records accessible for just £15 per...More

1  Thank Erin P
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Having already reviewed under General Register House, I thought I would take the opportunity to add a couple of other interesting things under ScotlandsPeople Centre, which may be of interest to some travellers. We visited here yesterday on a day trip to Edinburgh, and noticed...More

Thank thetravellingmanUk
Reviewed 28 February 2017

It is great to be able to find relatives from your past. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The setting for research is a typical computer lab. In December 2016, the daily cost of access is 15 pounds. There is also a small cost...More

Thank kdagar
Reviewed 31 January 2017

I was staying in a hotel around the corner from this place, a lovely looking building, lots of granite steps leading up to the front door, and with that neo classical look all pillars etc, very pleasing on the eye, though it did appear to...More

Thank Theycallitmadness
Reviewed 2 July 2016

If you want to look up a lot of records, coming here in person is definitely better value than searching the ScotlandsPeople website. The staff are so helpful, they translated quite a few words that I couldn't figure out. This is also the only place...More

Thank Micaela M
Reviewed 13 February 2016

A whole day sounds long enough, but it's surprising just how quickly the day whizzes by. So, if you are there for filling in lots of details in your family tree, make sure your list of names, dates and events is prepared in advance. Then...More

2  Thank ILP-JP
Reviewed 16 November 2015 via mobile

Have traveled from Glasgow to Edinburgh to carry out family tree research several times. £15 for a whole day with the computers being quick and easy to use. Staff are friendly and the premises are very clean and tidy. If you are unable to read...More

2  Thank laurenk779
Reviewed 26 September 2015

Fantastic building and staff are very helpful. Spent a full day in the search rooms and time went way to quickly! Can't wait for my next visit.

Thank Bitza09
Reviewed 2 September 2015

I was here with a friend who was researching his Scottish past-- he was not expecting the 15 pound fee but the staff gave him some data anyway. Wonderful facility, really gracious staff, nice location near other attractions. It has a really great gift shop...More

Thank Dave C
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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street
is only half one, since buildings only line one side.
But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views
are from Princes Street as a result. From here you
look onto expansive and decorative public gardens
beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s
Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old
town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look
...More
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