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ScotlandsPeople Centre

Princes Street and Gardens
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Address: 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YT, Scotland
09:00 - 16:30
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:30

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Nice gardens and cafe too!

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... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
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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 that there is an open courtyard between General Register House and New Register House, and... More 

Thank thetravellingmanUk
Edmonton, Canada
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20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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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 for printing your documents, but without the documents, your research is for nothing. Each fee... More 

Thank kdagar
Dublin, Ireland
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1,163 reviews
852 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 551 helpful votes
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 be closed also everytime I went passed. Not that I would have gone in anyway,... More 

Thank Theycallitmadness
Annapolis, Maryland
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124 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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 you can access Scottish kirk sessions records. It's an easy five-minute walk from Waverly Station,... More 

Thank Micaela M
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386 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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 you can home in on the records you want very efficiently. Nice roomy atmosphere and... More 

1 Thank ILP-JP
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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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 the entry due to the hand writing then the entry can be re-scanned for you... More 

2 Thank laurenk779
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38 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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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
St Neots, United Kingdom
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735 reviews
325 attraction reviews
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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 as well with choices of books and such that go beyond just Scottish interest, and... More 

Thank Dave C
Innerleithen, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2015

This was my first visit to the Scotlandspeople Centre. Previously been to the old GRO building around the corner in the past. It's £15 for the day and it's very easy to search for your ancestors. Nowadays it's all on computer, you just sit and search for the people & events you want and you then get a list of... More 

1 Thank Scotty102
Portland, Maine
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33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 January 2015

We spent an afternoon here looking for some family connections. We paid for the research aide and were incredibly impressed. Not only did we find some information, but when we got home we emailed with more information and a research assistant there was able to find information that we had thought did not exist from the searching we had been... More 

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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 the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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