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 28th & 29th!

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. It offers free access to over a thousand venues across the country throughout September, every year.

The aim of Doors Open Days is to ensure that Scotland’s built heritage, new and old, is made accessible to people living and visiting the country on weekends in September.

It is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days along side Scottish Archaeology Month, coordinated by Archaeology Scotland (formerly known as the Council for Scottish Archaeology). Both are supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

Information about the national programme, including event listings, can be found at www.doorsopendays.org.uk.

2019 Programme Highlights:

Burns Monument
This prominent monument on the slopes of Calton Hill commemorates poet Robert Burns. Monuments in this style were built in ancient Athens to celebrate the poetic arts, and was designed by Thomas Hamilton to house a statue of the bard by sculptor John Flaxman. Burns' poetry and song will be performed by members and friends of Edinburgh and District Burns Clubs. The Burns Poetry garden around the monument contains flowers mentioned in his poetry.

Corstorphine Hill Tower
This Tower on the summit of Corstorphine Hill was built as a viewpoint and as a memorial to Sir Walter Scott in 1871, 100 years after Scott's death. It is built of local stone and is ascended by an internal staircase to the viewing platform. From above the surrounding trees there are magnificent views of the City, the Pentland Hills, the Ochills, the Fife Coast and the Firth of Forth. It is opened by volunteers from The Friends of Corstorphine Hill.
The access is via a gated driveway with a signpost at the top of the hill which is Clermiston Road.

Granton Castle Walled Garden
An opportunity to visit Granton's very own 'secret' garden hidden away on Edinburgh's waterfront. The Walled Garden was once attached to Granton Castle, which was built in the late 15th century, rebuilt in 1544, refurbished in the 17th century, and finally demolished in 1921. The Walled Garden survived and was cultivated across the centuries. Volunteers have been working since May 2017 to transform the overgrown space into a beautiful and publicly accessible area for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.

Playfair at Donaldsons
Donaldson's was designed by the eminent Edinburgh architect William Henry Playfair and was built between 1842-51. It was built as a Hospital for the instruction of children in accordance with the terms laid out in the will of James Donaldson.

St Cecilia's Hall
St Cecilia's Hall is Scotland?s oldest concert hall and home to the University of Edinburgh's collection of musical instruments. Built by the Edinburgh Musical Society and designed by Robert Mylne, this Georgian jewel held its first concert in 1763. Surrounding the Concert Room are 4 galleries that display over 500 musical instruments spanning five centuries of musical heritage and history.

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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Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
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Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
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Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
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Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
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