Doors Open Days Edinburgh

Scotland's annual Doors Open Days festival gives you free access to lots of fascinating buildings across Edinburgh! This year's event will be held on September 29th & 30th!

Doors Open Days Edinburgh

About Doors Open Days Edinburgh

Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment, new and old. Every September, you can explore hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland for free. Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime.

Doors Open Days is a national event run by the Scottish Civic Trust. Information about the national programme, including event listings, can be found at www.doorsopendays.org.uk. Doors Open Days, along with Scottish Archaeology Month take place throughout Scotland and are part of European Heritage Days – an initiative which promotes a sense of community and a “common heritage” throughout the continent.

2018 Programme Highlights:

ROTOR Bunker
Despite facing decades of neglect; looting, vandalism, flooding and fire the surviving remains of the Barnton Quarry ROTOR bunker (Cold War nuclear fallout shelter) are being opened to the public for the first time! The site is currently being restored by volunteers, come and explore its dark corridors and find out how you might get involved in the project.

Edinburgh Tram Depot
For the first time, find out more about what happens behind the scenes at our Edinburgh Tram Depot at Gogarburn. Highlights of the visit will include an insight into training, a tour of the Operations Control Centre and workshop.

Glasshouses at Royal Edinburgh Hospital
Built in the 1950s, these were originally used to propagate plants for the hospital gardens. Following renovation, the treasured non-clinical space is now used to support patients and the wider hospital community in creative, artistic and horticultural activities. This will be the last chance to publicly visit the REH Glasshouses as they are due to be dismantled in 2019, as part of the re-provisioning of the Hospital.

Official Residence of The Consul General of France - Scottish Free French House
A typical New Town mansion, the Free French House served as a resting place for officers of the Free French Naval Forces stationed in Scotland during WWII before becoming the residence of the Consul General of France in Scotland after the war. Throughout Edinburgh’s Doors Open Days weekend, the Free French House will have lectures/talks, re-enactments/performances, children’s activities, displays, models and presentations.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Doors Open Days Edinburgh are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

Days Out Events you might like...

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Rob Roy MacGregor
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Rob Roy MacGregor - Hear stories of Rebellion, clan warfare and self-preservation at Edinburgh Castle.
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Edinburgh Craft Beer Experience
15th Nov 2018 - 17th Nov 2018
Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh Old Town
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Bolts and Bodkins
Bolts and Bodkins
16th November 2018
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
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Exhibitions Events you might like...

The Somme
The Somme
14th Nov 2018 - 24th Nov 2018
Gallery Close, Edinburgh New Town
This exhibition features images from The Somme by Chris Close. The work came about after a personal journey to look for the grave of a Great Uncle killed in 1917.
The Edinburgh Festival of Sound
The Edinburgh Festival of Sound
16th Nov 2018 - 17th Nov 2018
Teviot Row House, Edinburgh South
Signum Audio has partnered up with Red Dog Music to create the first Edinburgh Festival of Sound which will take place on the 16th and 17th of November 2018 at Teviot Row House.
Winter Windows
Winter Windows
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Come and see Edinburgh's 2018 Winter Windows, designed by budding young artists from Edinburgh’s schools to the theme of Kindness!
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Family and Kids Events you might like...

Rob Roy MacGregor
Rob Roy MacGregor
13th November 2018
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
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Chrysalis: Noise
Chrysalis: Noise
15th Nov 2018 - 17th Nov 2018
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Camden Youth Theatre pull us into a world inside their headphones, sharing their inner thoughts, rebellions and the playlists they use to escape from the everyday Noise.
Songs & Stories - Toddler Group
Songs & Stories - Toddler Group
15th November 2018
Bristo Baptist Church, Edinburgh West
Come along to Songs & Stories, a Toddler Group meeting every Thursday morning at Bristo Baptist Church.
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History Events you might like...

RLS Day: No Safe Anchorage
RLS Day: No Safe Anchorage
13th November 2018
The Writers Museum, Edinburgh Old Town
Historical novelist Liz MacRae Shaw will be in conversation at the Writers' Museum with Stevenson biographer Jeremy Hodges in a special free event for Robert Louis Stevenson Day.
Rob Roy MacGregor
Rob Roy MacGregor
13th November 2018
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Rob Roy MacGregor - Hear stories of Rebellion, clan warfare and self-preservation at Edinburgh Castle.
Gun Salutes 2018
Gun Salutes 2018
14th November 2018
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Check here for a full list of gun salutes throughout the year at Edinburgh Castle.
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Learning Events you might like...

3 Day CCTV Operator Course
3 Day CCTV Operator Course
13th November 2018
UMBRAsec Training & Security Services, Edinburgh East
This accredited qualification is ideal for anyone wishing to work as a CCTV operative within the Private Security Industry.
Magic Carpet
Magic Carpet
16th November 2018
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Old Town
Take a trip on the Magic Carpet to explore the fantastic things in the National Museum of Scotland. Ages 2 - 4.
Self-defence Classes for Kids in Leith!
Self-defence Classes for Kids in Leith!
16th November 2018
Room To Move, Leith
Rencounter Krav Maga is holding self-defence classes for kids (8-12yrs) on Fridays at Room to Move. Book a FREE trial class now!
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Talks and Lectures Events you might like...

Rob Roy MacGregor
Rob Roy MacGregor
13th November 2018
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Rob Roy MacGregor - Hear stories of Rebellion, clan warfare and self-preservation at Edinburgh Castle.
RLS Day: No Safe Anchorage
RLS Day: No Safe Anchorage
13th November 2018
The Writers Museum, Edinburgh Old Town
Historical novelist Liz MacRae Shaw will be in conversation at the Writers' Museum with Stevenson biographer Jeremy Hodges in a special free event for Robert Louis Stevenson Day.
Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye
Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye
14th November 2018
Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh West
To coincide with a major new exhibition at the City Art Centre, this lecture traces the story of Edwin G. Lucas’ life and career.
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Tour Events you might like...

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre
16th November 2018
City Art Centre, Edinburgh Old Town
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Museum of Childhood Tour - BSL Interpreted Tour
Museum of Childhood Tour - BSL Interpreted Tour
17th November 2018
Museum of Childhood Edinburgh, Edinburgh Old Town
Dedicated to the history of childhood, The Museum of Childhood is holding a BSL Interpreted Tour on Saturday 17th November.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre
17th November 2018
City Art Centre, Edinburgh Old Town
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
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