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General Register House and New Register House

Door open days

23 September 2017 (10:00-16:00)


National Records of Scotland provides its public services in two of Scotland’s most important public buildings. General Register House was designed by Robert Adam and opened its doors in 1789, making it one of the oldest purpose-built archive buildings still in its original use. New Register House was also designed by Matheson as the home of civil registration in Scotland and opened in 1861.    

There will be a special display of historical records, expert tours, and a fly-through video of Register House in 1796 and in the present.   


Key Information

Activities: Tours of General Register and New Register House will take place every half hour from 10.15am. The last tour will start at 3.15pm and tours must be booked in advance. Each tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Please book by following the link here or by calling 0131 314 4300 (Mon-Fri 9.00-12.00). If you have any special access requirements please email

Limited wheelchair access


Where to find us

  • 2 Princes Street
  • Edinburgh
  • EH1 3YY