Edinburgh Doors Open Day

The Edinburgh Doors Open Day takes place on Saturday 29th September. And what a great idea Doors Open Day is - for one day only over seventy buildings in Edinburgh open their doors and allow the public access - so you get to ‘have a nosey’ in buildings that would otherwise be closed or costly to the public.

The Cockburn Association (i.e. The Edinburgh Civic Trust) are running this years Doors Open Day and The Edinburgh Blog is really looking forward to it. High on the must-visit list is:-

  • Gayfield Square Police Station (be interesting to see the cells!)
  • Royal College of Physicians (always been interested to see what’s behind the plaque)
  • Traverse Theatre (to see backstage)
  • HBOS headquarters on The Mound
  • Edinburgh Sheriff Court

The Cockburn Association’s website is good and a PDF programme is available for download, or you can pick the printed version up e.g. from the Edinburgh Tourist Information centre. I suggest you have a browse and pick the buildings which interest you.

The venues feature behind-the-scenes tours, activities, exhibitions and talks. Some venues organise additional activities for children and families. All this at no cost! As said before I really like the premise and with the riches Edinburgh has in terms of architecture and building diversity, it should prove an interesting and enjoyable day. The Doors Open Day has an official flickr page where photos of the participating buildings are shared; The Edinburgh Blog will also add photo’s to our flickr homepage after the day.

The only downside seems to be selecting which buildings to visit and which to skip this year - there’s only so much that can be done in one day! Check back for a full lowdown on The Edinburgh Doors Open Day after the event.

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