The Edinburgh Doors Open Days Festival gives you free access to lots of fascinating buildings across the city!
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About Edinburgh Doors Open Days Festival 2017
Edinburgh Doors Open Day is your chance to explore some of Edinburgh’s architecturally and culturally significant buildings - all for free. From heritage landmarks to the city’s newest architecture, Doors Open Day offers free access to properties that are either not usually open to the public or would normally charge an entry fee.
Royal Observatory of Edinburgh
State of the art facilities housed in the original Victorian observatory on its hilltop site overlooking the city. Catch talks, demonstrations and go behind the scenes at one of the UK’s leading scientific establishments.
Get inside an Edinburgh police box with its original interior fittings – it will be dressed with 1930s/40s props to illustrate how it was used.
Originally built in 1922 it became the home of Edinburgh Corporation Transport’s bus fleet. Come for a guided tour, re-enactments and vintage running buses.
Enjoy a Victorian-style lesson complete with wooden desks, blackboards, finger-stocks and the tawse. Explore the museum including a kitchen range and household items, most of which can be handled.
Granton Castle and Walled Garden
Visit the medieval walled garden that once belonged to Granton’s lost castle. This relatively unknown gem is hidden in the most unexpected of places with occupancy dating back to 1165.
Botanic Cottage – Royal Botanic Gardens
In 2008 the Cottage was saved from demolition. It was dismantled stone by stone, stored then rebuilt in 2015. Visit the Cottage for an important insight into Edinburgh’s botanical, social and built heritage.
Riddle’s Court opens its doors for the first time in two years. Having recently reopened after the completion of a £6 million restoration this is your opportunity to relax in the splendour of Edinburgh’s oldest remaining merchant’s house.
National Library of Scotland
See behind the scenes of Scotland’s largest library, including a visit to the ‘void’ a rarely seen underground space below George IV Bridge.
John Knox House
Dating back to 1470 and associated with the most dramatic events in Scotland’s turbulent history, the house opens its doors to visitors on Saturday 23rd September.
The Anatomical Museum was opened in 1884 as an integral part of the Teviot Place Medical School. Specimens include skeletons, death masks and fascinating anatomical curiosities.
For more information and details of the full programme see http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk
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