Doors Open Days Midlothian

Scotland's annual Doors Open Days festival gives you free access to lots of fascinating buildings across Midlothian! This year's event will be held 11th & 12th September!

Doors Open Days Midlothian

About Doors Open Days Midlothian

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.

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

2021 Programme

Cousland Smiddy and Heritage Hub
11 September 2021
Cousland Smiddy Trust & Local History Project are making plans to open the doors to visitors on Doors Open Day. The smiddy and hub have been closed to the public since March 2019, when a planned restoration project began, only to be halted by the first lockdown. The works resumed and were completed late September, with a plan to re-open in May 2021 - the rest is history!

Crichton Collegiate Church
11 September 2021
Crichton was built as a Collegiate Church by Sir William Crichton, Lord Chancellor of Scotland in the time of King James II, and adopted as the parish church for all time in 1641. William Crichton also greatly enlarged the nearby Crichton Castle. The church is one of the few remaining Collegiate Churches in Scotland still in use. Subject to major restorations in its nearly 600 years history, the building is now in the care of a Trust. The Trust hosts a programme of concerts and ecumenical services reflecting the hospitality of the local community, drawing together the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church and the Scottish Episcopal Church. In addition to a fine suite of 19th C stained glass windows by Ballantyne and Gardiner, there is a unique pipe organ built by Joseph Brook which has survived for over 100 years in its original state.

Dalkeith Museum
11 September 2021
We are based within the restored and repaired Corn Exchange and are now able to showcase the unique collection of local artefacts that Dalkeith History Society has collected over the last 40 years. We are opening a new exhibition on Doors Open Day - 'John Kay and Anthony Kirk - from Dalkeith to New York to Dalkeith Museum!' Drop in and find out more.

Mavisbank House
11 September 2021
Mavisbank House is tucked away between the communities of Loanhead, Lasswade and Polton. Its creator, Sir John Clerk, was a major figure in Scottish cultural history. It was constructed in the 1720's and is one of Scotland's earliest examples of a Palladian style villa. Today the house is a ruin.

Mayfield and Easthouses Church
11 September 2021
Originally built as a hall church (multi-function), through funds raised by the congregation of Newbattle Church and financial support from the local communities of Mayfield and Easthouses, the Church opened in 1955.

Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project
11 September 2021
Funded by Heritage Fund and Historic Environment Scotland, the 5 year scheme focuses on the historic core of Penicuik town centre and aims to tackle the effects of poor building maintenance, loss of architectural features, inconsistent shop-front design and unsympathetic public realm works.

Pen-y-Coe Press and Papermaking Heritage Centre
11 September 2021
The Pen-y-Coe Press is a living museum, a shop environment from the mid 20th C, still operating as a retail stationer and printers. We are open Monday to Saturday, 1000 hrs until 1600 hrs. The adjacent Papermaking Heritage Museum shows a comprehensive history of papermaking and how Penicuik became one of the most important papermaking centres in the world; 6 mills in the town and 3 centuries of continuous manufacture.

Soutra Aisle
11 & 12 September 2021
Soutra Aisle, dated 1686, is a family burial vault constructed when the Scottish church banned monuments inside churches. It features ornately carved medieval stone and has been thoroughly investigated and beautifully restored.

St Mary's Episcopal Church
11 September 2021
The 5th Duke of Buccleuch commissioned architects William Burns and David Bryce to build St Mary's as a private chapel for Dalkeith House and Estate. Designed in the Early English style, it opened in 1845. In 1890 a further side chapel, the Buccleuch Aisle, was added by the 6th Duke with a burial vault for the Buccleuch family beneath it. The Church has 4 significant features: the magnificent stained glass windows with a triple-light window at the front, and a rose window at the back, which were made in France, heraldic Minton Floor Tiles bearing the crests of the various families linked to the Buccleuch's, a superb example of a double hammer-head beam roof and a fan vaulted chancel; the last continuously working water powered organ in the country which was built by the renowned organ builder, William Hamilton of Edinburgh.

Straiton Pond Evening Bat Walk
11 September 2021
An evening bat walk at Straiton Pond. A chance to see these amazing creatures and their aerial acrobatics as well as be able to identify them with the help of our bat detectors as they swoop and chatter whilst hunting for their tea.

The Wildlife Information Centre (TWIC)
11 September 2021
The Wildlife Information Centre (TWIC) is a charity which collects, manages and provides biological information for south-east and part of central Scotland. We currently hold more than 3.25 million species records, as well as data for important habitats and designated wildlife sites.

Vogrie House & Country Park
11 September 2021
Vogrie retains much of its character as a Victorian parkland estate, with sweeping carriage drives, beautifully landscaped vistas, an original walled garden and the baronial-style Vogrie House. Built in 1876 by Andrew Heiton, Town Architect for Perth, the house is a fine example of Victorian baronial splendour and one of the best surviving examples of Heiton's work. The house was a typical country house with a library, servants quarters and many bedrooms. Transformed in the 1920s into a nursing home for the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, the house was sold on to local government in the 1950s and had a role during the Cold War as a control centre for communications.

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