School of Informatics

Doors Open Day 2018

Appleton Tower

Picture of Lego Appleton Tower model
The Lego version of Appleton Tower

A controversial building since its inception, Appleton Tower recently underwent a thorough refurbishment with a new entrance and enhanced facilities and services and earned the ‘Design Through Innovation’ award in the 2018 RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards.

Home to the University’s world-leading School of Informatics since the Cowgate fire in 2002, it’s currently used for teaching while research has moved to the Informatics Forum across the road. The state-of-the-art study suite on Level 9 offers amazing views of the city. A LEGO®  model of the building will be on display. 


Assembly point for the tours will be at the East Entrance, please look out for our student ambassadors.

Please note you won't be able to access other levels of the building.

30-minute tours will take place hourly at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm and must be booked in advance.

Informatics Forum

Did you know the Informatics Forum has a garden roof terrace with a wonderful view of the surrounding area, including Arthur’s Seat?

Opened in September 2008 by the then First Minister, Alex Salmond, the Informatics Forum is a fit for purpose building, providing a Forum for Interaction that fosters synergies among the 500 researchers in Informatics. 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Informatics Forum.

Come and visit the ground floor of the breath-taking Forum between 10.30 and 2.30. A LEGO®  model of the Appleton Tower and information about the history of the School of Informatics will be on display.

Two students projects: Formula Student race car and Hyperloop pod (see below for details) will be displayed in the courtyard between the Forum and the Bayes Centre.


There will be tours to see the garden roof terrace every half an hour – an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed by photographers! Tours must be booked in advance.

Book your tickets

Book Appleton Tower Level 9 Tour

Book Informatics Forum Roof Terrace Tour

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Edinburgh University Formula Student




Doors Open Day 2018

The School of Informatics opens its doors to visitors. You can visit both the Appleton Tower (level 9) and the Informatics Forum (Garden Roof Terrace) over the weekend of 29th-30th September.

Appleton Tower : 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE
Informatics Forum: 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB