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Begins at: Panmure House, 4 Lochend Close, EH8 8BL (accessed via the Royal Mile and/or Calton Road), United Kingdom

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Today, Heriot Watt University is a vibrant forward looking University at the forefront of innovation in research and teaching. If you delve into our history you will discover that our international reputation as one of the leading UK universities for business and industry can be traced back almost 200 years. Our rich and inspiring story begins in 1821 with the world’s first Mechanics Institute, a revolutionary concept in education which gave life changing opportunities for generations of young people. 

During August we will be celebrating our rich history and launching our Heriot-Watt Heritage Trail. On the 10th and 17th you will have the opportunity to attend one of our special guided tours through Edinburgh’s Old Town. Beginning at Adam Smith’s Panmure House and finishing up in the Grassmarket, along the way you’ll learn more about our origins in a room in Edinburgh’s Old Town and our journey to become Scotland’s most international university. Come and join us to find out more about Heriot-Watt’s heritage, discover buildings of interest and links in the centre of Edinburgh with the likes of James Watt, Patrick Geddes and Adam Smith.

The tour will be led by Professor Patrick Corbett, and will last around 2 hours. Please note, places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. Be prepared for all weather conditions.

If you have any questions please e-mail watt.club@hw.ac.uk