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...

Bolts and Bodkins
Bolts and Bodkins
23rd October 2018
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Bolts and Bodkins
Bolts and Bodkins
24th October 2018
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Queen Margaret’s Castle
Queen Margaret’s Castle
25th Oct 2018 - 26th Oct 2018
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Listen at Lady Edmund, who served at Queen Margaret's Court in Edinburgh Castle, tells her story.
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Exhibitions Events you might like...

‘For you the war is over’: Scottish POWs 1914 - 1918
‘For you the war is over’: Scottish POWs 1914 - 1918
22nd Oct 2018 - 23rd Nov 2018
Edinburgh New Town
‘For you the war is over’ is a new National Records of Scotland exhibition telling the remarkable stories of Scottish Prisoners of War held in Germany between 1914-1918.
The Scottish Listed Property Show
The Scottish Listed Property Show
27th October 2018
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh New Town
If you are maintaining, altering or renovating your listed home – or even looking to buy one – The Scottish Listed Property Show on 27th October is not to be missed!
The Art of Intelligent Ageing: Portraits of the Lothian Birth Cohort by Fionna Carlisle
The Art of Intelligent Ageing: Portraits of the Lothian Birth Cohort by Fionna Carlisle
27th Oct 2018 - 24th Nov 2018
Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Old Town
See a unique exhibition, The Art of Intelligent Ageing: Portraits of the Lothian Birth Cohort by Fionna Carlisle, showing at The Fire Station Edinburgh College of Art from 27th October.
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Family and Kids Events you might like...

Hula Hooping For Beginners - Drop In
Hula Hooping For Beginners - Drop In
22nd October 2018
Southside Community Centre, Edinburgh Old Town
Learn how to hula hoop, while getting a great core workout, at these fun classes with AniDanceHoop at Southside Community Centre on Monday mornings!
Self-defence Classes for Teens!
Self-defence Classes for Teens!
23rd October 2018
North Merchiston Club, Edinburgh South
Help your teenager be happy, healthy, and prepared for life’s challenges with fun self-defence classes run by Rencounter Krav Maga!
Self-defence Classes for Kids
Self-defence Classes for Kids
23rd October 2018
North Merchiston Club, Edinburgh South
Rencounter Krav Maga is holding self-defence classes for kids (8-12yrs) on Tuesdays at the North Merchiston Club.
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History Events you might like...

‘For you the war is over’: Scottish POWs 1914 - 1918
‘For you the war is over’: Scottish POWs 1914 - 1918
22nd Oct 2018 - 23rd Nov 2018
Edinburgh New Town
‘For you the war is over’ is a new National Records of Scotland exhibition telling the remarkable stories of Scottish Prisoners of War held in Germany between 1914-1918.
Bolts and Bodkins
Bolts and Bodkins
23rd October 2018
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Landing in Paradise: The Vikings in Scotland
Landing in Paradise: The Vikings in Scotland
24th October 2018
Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh West
Archaeological consultant Olwyn Owen will explore what happened when the Vikings came to Scotland and also the rich cultural legacy they left behind.
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Learning Events you might like...

Self-defence Classes for Teens!
Self-defence Classes for Teens!
23rd October 2018
North Merchiston Club, Edinburgh South
Help your teenager be happy, healthy, and prepared for life’s challenges with fun self-defence classes run by Rencounter Krav Maga!
Self-defence Classes for Kids
Self-defence Classes for Kids
23rd October 2018
North Merchiston Club, Edinburgh South
Rencounter Krav Maga is holding self-defence classes for kids (8-12yrs) on Tuesdays at the North Merchiston Club.
The Power of Knowledge in Practice
The Power of Knowledge in Practice
24th October 2018
McDonald Road Library, Edinburgh East
AGEAC UK invites you to a series of public lectures, consisting of two parts: a lecture and a meditation, at McDonald Road Library in October.
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Talks and Lectures Events you might like...

Doug Allan: Wild Images, Wild Life
Doug Allan: Wild Images, Wild Life
22nd October 2018
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh Old Town
Join multi-award winning wildlife cameraman Doug Allan for an evening of behind the scenes stories for all the family!
The Fashion Annual 2018/19
The Fashion Annual 2018/19
23rd October 2018
Harvey Nichols, Edinburgh New Town
Join Harvey Nichols, Edinburgh for an exclusive Q&A with Lynne Coleman, one of the country’s leading fashion experts, to discuss her latest book, The Fashion Annual 2018/19.
Landing in Paradise: The Vikings in Scotland
Landing in Paradise: The Vikings in Scotland
24th October 2018
Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh West
Archaeological consultant Olwyn Owen will explore what happened when the Vikings came to Scotland and also the rich cultural legacy they left behind.
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Tour Events you might like...

Evil Deeds: Burke and Hare Walking Tour
Evil Deeds: Burke and Hare Walking Tour
25th Oct 2018 - 25th Nov 2018
Edinburgh Old Town
Delve into 1820s Edinburgh and the cadaver trade that shocked the city on a Burke and Hare Walking Tour this Autumn!
The Linlithgow ExFEARience
The Linlithgow ExFEARience
26th Oct 2018 - 28th Oct 2018
Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow
Are you brave enough to to face what the archaeologists have uncovered at Linlithgow Palace? All is not what is seems!
Haunted Halloween (over 18s only)
Haunted Halloween (over 18s only)
26th Oct 2018 - 31st Oct 2018
Edinburgh Old Town
Delve into the murky depths of Edinburgh’s most unsettling past. This Halloween tour is strictly adults-only, exploring sinister misdeeds and their terrible consequences.
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