Doors Open Days Midlothian

Scotland's annual Doors Open Days festival gives you free access to lots of fascinating buildings across Midlothian! This year's event will be held 8th & 9th September!

Doors Open Days Midlothian

About Doors Open Days Midlothian

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

Soutra Aisle
Dating back to 1686, Soutra Aisle is a family burial vault, constructed when the Scottish Church banned monuments inside Churches. At 12,000 ft altitude, this was the highest monastery in the British Isles, so the views are magnificent!

Collegehill House
Collegehill House was a collegiate church and from around 1660 until 1866, when it became The Old Rosslyn Inn and provided accommodation for worshippers. It attracted many illustrious travellers in that time, including Robert Burns, James Boswell and William Wordsworth. In 1866 it became a domestic residence and has been a holiday home since 2002.

Cousland Smiddy and Heritage Hub This is one of the only remaining working Smiddies in Scotland. During Doors Open Days, there will be a Cousland Scottish Women's Rural Institute (SWRI) Centenary Exhibition in the cottage and 'retro' activities to try: carpet beating, butter churning, granny's wash-day, horse shoe quoits and more! There will also be blacksmithing demonstrations throughout the day from resident smith, Sean Cockburn, and the opportunity to purchase items made at The Smiddy, as well as home-baking and local produce.

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

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