HES Archives and Library

John Sinclair House, 16 Bernard Terrace, Edinburgh EH8 9NX

0131 651 6872

Opening times and getting here

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe. You will not be able to visit the HES Archives and Library without booking online in advance.

To make a booking, email archives@hes.scot and detail all the material you want to consult. We will check your request and confirm by email the availability of all the material. Please do not make a travel booking until we have confirmed the accessibility of the material.

Do let us know in advance if you cannot wear a face covering or if you need assistance in the building.


Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 4pm


Saturday to Monday

Getting to HES Archives and Library

John Sinclair House
16 Bernard Terrace

HES Archives and Library is located off South Clerk Street in Newington, Edinburgh.

Limited car parking is available for visitors to the rear of the building.

National Grid reference: NT 26 4726

Telephone: 0131 651 6872

Email: archives@hes.scot 

View HES Archives and Library on a Google map

Journey planners

Search for National Cycle Network routes on the Sustrans website.

Plan your journey by public transport using Traveline Scotland.


Opening times

Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 4pm

Advance booking required.


Download our visitor app

Discover more on the go – the Historic Scotland app lets you find out about Scotland’s most iconic places wherever you are.

Plan your visit

More than 20 of our sites are now open. Please book your tickets in advance.

Become a member

Join Historic Scotland to visit our properties free of charge for a full year and support our work at the same time.

Hire a site for filming

Use one of our fantastic locations on your next shoot for an awe-inspiring backdrop to your work.

Learning visits

Our 300+ historic places serve as creative inspiration for all sorts of learning activities – and for learners of all ages.

Search our events

See the past brought to life by the imaginative year-round programme of events at our properties.