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General Register House

Princes Street and Gardens
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Address: H M General Register House 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY, Scotland
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+44 131 535 1314

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Extremely interesting visit

Visited the General Register House yesterday with my daughter whilst on a day trip to the city. It is situated at the very end of Princes Street, just before the commencement of... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

Visited the General Register House yesterday with my daughter whilst on a day trip to the city. It is situated at the very end of Princes Street, just before the commencement of Waterloo Place, has a statue of the Duke of Wellington outside it, and is across the road from the Waverley train station. An extremely interesting visit, but the... More 

Thank thetravellingmanUk
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

Certainly some grand buildings around this city, and this being another one of them, really had a great time here, and it is just lovely to saunter around the streets having a feel of the cities atmosphere.

Thank Theycallitmadness
Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

These days we can do a lot online, and General Register House has its online presence with 'Scotland's People'. However I went there to get some help with working out how to best use the information available, and you can also access their computer system which not only gives what you can access on line, but visual copies of registers... More 

Thank PtarmiganTraveller
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

I am a regular user of both the Scotland's People Centre and the Historic Search Room. There is so much information that it would take several lifetime to ferret out everything of interest! The staff are very helpful and the computerised search systems are very good. I feel so sorry for people who have to research their ancestry in other... More 

Thank Bean-astair
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Reviewed 21 November 2015

I've been visiting here for several years, tracing my family. It's always a pleasure - great surroundings, friendly and helpful staff, and I always find something unexpected and of interest. We in Scotland are so fortunate to have this amazing resource. The computerisation makes it much quicker and easier, but I'm sure I'm not the only one to miss actually... More 

Thank John A
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 October 2015 via mobile

After hearing an enthusiastic review of the midwifery exhibition on BBC Radio Scotland decided to go along during a visit to Edinburgh. We initially missed the tiny exhibition as we walked through the building. What a shame that it was not more prominent. There were lots of interesting documentation however a pity as there was so much more that could... More 

Thank Midhill
Apopka, Florida
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Reviewed 1 August 2015

The General Register House is right in front of Waverley Station as you exit. You can go in and find out anything you want to know about your ancestors. It is a government building so check the opening hours.

Thank thesteevesgroup
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 July 2015 via mobile

This is known as the Dome to locals lawyers (not the Dome that is the pub on George Street) with the monument to Wellington in front of it. In here you can find details of every death, birth & marriage in Scotland - huge amount of information in here

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Reviewed 18 May 2015

thois is an old historic building with a wealth of history immaculately kept well worth a visit all part of the great Scottish history of clans names and history

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Reviewed 8 September 2014

At the end of Princes Street, an impressive Georgian building. Central reading room has a ceiling worth the visit.

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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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