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.

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St Columba’s Hospice Ladies Lunch
St Columba’s Hospice Ladies Lunch
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Hosted by the fabulous Michelle McManus, with fantastic live music from Edinburgh duo Bleeker, St Columba’s Hospice will again be hosting its lavish Ladies Lunch on Friday 22nd March at The Hub.
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Utopias Exhibition (6th Syn Festival Edinburgh)
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Come along to the Utopias Exhibition, part of Syn Festival Edinburgh, from 22nd March until 4th April at the Upper Church in Summerhall!
Kanabemouse x Dot Matrix Exhibition
Kanabemouse x Dot Matrix Exhibition
29th Mar 2019 - 31st Mar 2019
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A collaborative art exhibition at The Hand Made Factory is on from 29th to 31st March, with paintings and prints from Graham Scott Park and illustrations and Japanese calligraphy from Kanabemouse.
Stains and Stones by Charlotte Roseberry
Stains and Stones by Charlotte Roseberry
29th Mar 2019 - 20th Apr 2019
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This exhibition by artist Charlotte Roseberry at Upright Gallery is a personal collection of recent oil paintings, exploring the complexities & nuances of motherhood.
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Cantos Sagrados: Songs of Passion from Across the World. Edinburgh University Chamber Choir
Cantos Sagrados: Songs of Passion from Across the World. Edinburgh University Chamber Choir
22nd March 2019
St Johns Episcopal Church, Edinburgh New Town
Join Edinburgh University Chamber Choir in St John's Episcopal Church on Friday 22nd March as they present “Cantos Sagrados”, Sir James MacMillan’s dramatic setting of Latin American poetry!
Laura Macdonald and Steve Hamilton
Laura Macdonald and Steve Hamilton
22nd March 2019
St Peters Church Linlithgow, Linlithgow
Laura Macdonald, one of the UK's leading saxophonists, is joined by Steve Hamilton, one of the world's top keyboards players, for an intimate concert in St Peter's Church, Linlithgow on 22nd March.
Taylor’s Of Edinburgh Present: Dalkeith Mega Value Carnival
Taylor’s Of Edinburgh Present: Dalkeith Mega Value Carnival
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History Events you might like...

Music Through the Ages
Music Through the Ages
22nd March 2019
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
Beyond: The Story of an Irish Immigrant
Beyond: The Story of an Irish Immigrant
22nd March 2019
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Old Town
Glasgow based fiddler Gráinne Brady presents an evening of music, storytelling and spoken word exploring the legacy of mass Irish emigration to Scotland.
Rebels and Redcoats
Rebels and Redcoats
23rd March 2019
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Rebels and Redcoats - Learn about the role Edinburgh Castle played in the Jacobite war and meet one of the characters from the period.
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Learning Events you might like...

Magic Carpet Minis
Magic Carpet Minis
22nd March 2019
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Old Town
Take a trip on the Magic Carpet, especially for very little ones, at the National Museum of Scotland. Ages 0 - 2.
Relax Kids Magical Adventures
Relax Kids Magical Adventures
22nd March 2019
Healing for Kids, Edinburgh South
Let your child join a magical adventure as they learn vital relaxation and mindfulness life skills in these Relax Kids classes at Healing for Kids.
Baby Mindful
Baby Mindful
22nd March 2019
Healing for Kids, Edinburgh South
This unique 7 step class has a slow pace, focusing on the connection between parent and baby, promoting calm, contentment and sleep.
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Talks and Lectures Events you might like...

Music Through the Ages
Music Through the Ages
22nd March 2019
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
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Real Talk hosts Mind the Craic
Real Talk hosts Mind the Craic
25th March 2019
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Old Town
Real Talk hosts Mind the Craic, where Edinburgh citizens will be performing as storytellers, sharing their experience of the third sector, social isolation and of their own personal journeys.
Gray’s Anatomy with Dr Ruth Richardson
Gray’s Anatomy with Dr Ruth Richardson
25th March 2019
Surgeons Hall Museums, Edinburgh South
Join RCSEd Library & Archive and Dr Ruth Richardson for this talk about Gray's Anatomy, long been regarded as one of the most important and influential textbooks on the subject.
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Tour Events you might like...

Silent Disco at the Dungeon
Silent Disco at the Dungeon
22nd March 2019
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The Edinburgh Dungeon is partnering with Silent Adventures, creators of silent disco experiences, to bring you a scary fun, rhythmic riot with a gruesomely brilliant Dungeon twist!
Silent Disco at the Dungeon
Silent Disco at the Dungeon
23rd March 2019
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The Edinburgh Dungeon is partnering with Silent Adventures, creators of silent disco experiences, to bring you a scary fun, rhythmic riot with a gruesomely brilliant Dungeon twist!
Evil Deeds: Burke and Hare Walking Tour
Evil Deeds: Burke and Hare Walking Tour
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Delve into 1820s Edinburgh and the cadaver trade that shocked the city on a Burke and Hare Walking Tour!
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