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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