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...

Traditions and Tales of Christmas
Traditions and Tales of Christmas
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Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Learn about the traditions and tales of a Victorian Christmas at Edinburgh Castle from 20th - 22nd December.
Christmas Afternoon Tea
Christmas Afternoon Tea
21st December 2018
Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Livingston
Enjoy a sophisticated seasonal afternoon tea, with cakes, sandwiches and many dainty festive nibbles at Almond Valley Heritage Centre.
Santa Suppers
Santa Suppers
21st December 2018
Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Livingston
A warming and yummy evening supper, served at your tables by the kitchen elves, then it's time to visit Santa.
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Exhibitions Events you might like...

Message from the Skies
Message from the Skies
1st Jan 2019 - 25th Jan 2019
Various Locations Edinburgh
Message from the Skies returns to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay on Tuesday 1 January with a celebration of Scotland’s literature.
Robots
Robots
18th Jan 2019 - 5th May 2019
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Old Town
Featuring more than 100 objects, this major exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland reveals our 500-year quest to make machines human.
Edinburgh Wedding Exhibition
Edinburgh Wedding Exhibition
19th Jan 2019 - 20th Jan 2019
BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh West
Looking for some inspiration to make the ‘Big Day’ that bit more special? If so, come along to Edinburgh’s Largest Wedding Exhibition at Murrayfield Stadium on 19th & 20th January.
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Family and Kids Events you might like...

Carols By Candlelight
Carols By Candlelight
19th December 2018
Usher Hall, Edinburgh West
Enjoy an exquisite concert of carols and seasonal classics staged in full 18th Century costume at the Usher Hall on 19th December.
Dunedin Consort | Children’s Messiah
Dunedin Consort | Children’s Messiah
19th December 2018
The Queens Hall Edinburgh, Edinburgh South
Bring your children along for a short, specially designed performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Dunedin Consort at The Queen's Hall on 19th December.
Full-time Professional Dance Course Auditions
Full-time Professional Dance Course Auditions
19th December 2018
Dance For All, Stockbridge and Canonmills
Dance For All is holding full-time Professional Dance Course Auditions on Wednesday 19th December 2018 (booking required), for entry to the course in September 2019.
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History Events you might like...

Traditions and Tales of Christmas
Traditions and Tales of Christmas
20th Dec 2018 - 22nd Dec 2018
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Learn about the traditions and tales of a Victorian Christmas at Edinburgh Castle from 20th - 22nd December.
Museum Socials
Museum Socials
21st December 2018
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Old Town
The National Museum of Scotland is offering a series of events for anyone affected by Dementia and their relatives, friends and supporters.
A Very Mary Christmas
A Very Mary Christmas
23rd December 2018
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Come and join in the fun and see how Mary Queen of Scots celebrates the Twelve Days of Christmas with her courtiers.
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Learning Events you might like...

Magic Carpet Minis
Magic Carpet Minis
21st December 2018
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.
Arthur’s Secrets
Arthur’s Secrets
6th January 2019
Holyrood Park, Edinburgh East
Come along on a guided walk to learn more about Arthur's Seat's turbulent past, created by fire and ice!
Rebels and Redcoats
Rebels and Redcoats
7th January 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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Talks and Lectures Events you might like...

Christmas
Christmas
22nd December 2018
McDonald Road Library, Edinburgh East
Discover the real origin and meaning of Christmas, and its wide presence in the different cultures and religions worldwide with the AGEAC on Saturday 22nd December in McDonald Road Library.
Information Lecture: Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path through the teaching of Bruno Groening
Information Lecture: Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path through the teaching of Bruno Groening
5th January 2019
The Salisbury Centre, Edinburgh South
A lecture about spiritual healing and help through the teaching of Bruno Groening is taking place at the Salisbury Centre, Edinburgh.
Panneaux solaires : Soyons Flexibles!
Panneaux solaires : Soyons Flexibles!
10th January 2019
Cafe de la Poste, Edinburgh South
Café scientifique français d’Écosse is hosting an open evening to discuss, in French, the latest developments in scientific research with researchers on 10th January at Cafe de la Poste.
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Tour Events you might like...

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre
21st December 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.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre
22nd December 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.
Mercat Tours - Ghosts, Gore and Grime for Age 5+
Mercat Tours - Ghosts, Gore and Grime for Age 5+
22nd December 2018
Mercat Tours, Edinburgh Old Town
Hear tales of stinking streets, terrible tortures and ghostly goings-on with Mercat Tours - Ghosts, Gore & Grime.
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