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...

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Snowdrop Sunday
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Hopetoun House, South Queensferry
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Wedding Open Day Uphall Golf Club
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Rob Roy MacGregor
Rob Roy MacGregor
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Rob Roy MacGregor - Hear stories of Rebellion, clan warfare and self-preservation at Edinburgh Castle.
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Exhibitions Events you might like...

Exhibition: A Child of the 60’s
Exhibition: A Child of the 60’s
20th Feb 2019 - 16th Mar 2019
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Old Town
This exhibition is a collaborative piece of work by Lea Taylor and a collection of artists using memories of childhood and the stories they evoke.
A Car for Women and Other Stories: Opening
A Car for Women and Other Stories: Opening
22nd February 2019
City Art Centre, Edinburgh Old Town
You are invited to the Opening of 'A Car for Women and Other Stories' and will include a short film and a performance by singer/songwriters inspired by Dorothée’s Pullinger story.
Fresh Thoughts. Exhibition by Toni Harrower
Fresh Thoughts. Exhibition by Toni Harrower
22nd Feb 2019 - 15th Mar 2019
Upright Gallery, Edinburgh South
Toni Harrower graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen in 2016 and is a practicing artist in Scotland. Her 'Fresh Thoughts' exhibition is showing at Upright Gallery from February 22nd.
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Family and Kids Events you might like...

The Stolen Dragon Adventure
The Stolen Dragon Adventure
16th February 2019
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Old Town
Join Brooke Conway & Hannah Mathieson on a quest to save the golden dragon and her eggs from the grasps of a lonely wizard! Can you save the dragon, or will we be trapped in an eternal winter forever?
Comedy Kids
Comedy Kids
16th February 2019
The Stand Comedy Club Edinburgh, Edinburgh New Town
Why should grown ups have all the fun? Comedy Kids is a fun filled show packed with stand-up, sketches and improv performed by the comics of the future.
Dance Scottish for Children
Dance Scottish for Children
16th February 2019
Church of the Good Shepherd, Edinburgh West
Join RSCDS Edinburgh for fun Scottish dancing classes for young dancers on Saturday mornings, it's a great way for to have fun, make new friends and learn new skills.
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History Events you might like...

Music Through the Ages
Music Through the Ages
16th February 2019
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
Sensory Experiences in the Ancient Egyptian Temple
Sensory Experiences in the Ancient Egyptian Temple
16th February 2019
Augustine United Church, Edinburgh Old Town
Jennifer Turner, a PhD student at the University of Birmingham, gives this talk on the significance of statue inscriptions and their placement on Egyptian Temples.
Music Through the Ages
Music Through the Ages
17th February 2019
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
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Learning Events you might like...

Magic Carpet Minis
Magic Carpet Minis
22nd February 2019
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.
Little Monsters Club (4-7 years)
Little Monsters Club (4-7 years)
23rd February 2019
NA, Various Locations Edinburgh
The Little Monsters Club next programme starts in the new year and provides your little ones with six fun packed sports sessions.
Relax Kids Training
Relax Kids Training
23rd Feb 2019 - 24th Feb 2019
Yoga Stable, Edinburgh East
Do something unique, rewarding and enjoyable, join our fun-filled training course on 23rd & 24th February and become a Relax Kids coach!
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Talks and Lectures Events you might like...

Music Through the Ages
Music Through the Ages
16th February 2019
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
A Story to Every Dance
A Story to Every Dance
16th February 2019
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Old Town
Join Mats Melin as he celebrates his new book with stories, songs, and dance, featuring David Francis and Sarah Hoy at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Saturday 16th February!
Sensory Experiences in the Ancient Egyptian Temple
Sensory Experiences in the Ancient Egyptian Temple
16th February 2019
Augustine United Church, Edinburgh Old Town
Jennifer Turner, a PhD student at the University of Birmingham, gives this talk on the significance of statue inscriptions and their placement on Egyptian Temples.
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Tour Events you might like...

Evil Deeds: Burke and Hare Walking Tour
Evil Deeds: Burke and Hare Walking Tour
21st February 2019
NA, Edinburgh Old Town
Delve into 1820s Edinburgh and the cadaver trade that shocked the city on a Burke and Hare Walking Tour this Winter!
Witches and B**@ Walking Tour of Edinburgh
Witches and B**@ Walking Tour of Edinburgh
23rd February 2019
NA, Edinburgh Old Town
Follow in the footsteps of some of Edinburgh's 'witches' and 'evil' women who are rarely spoken about on this Witches and B**@ Walking Tour of Edinburgh!
Coolest Walk on Earth
Coolest Walk on Earth
24th February 2019
Holyrood Park, Edinburgh East
Join an expert geologist and a Ranger on a three hour guided walk to discover how the landscape of Holyrood Park has been shaped and sculpted by ice through the ages.
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