Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2018

The free two-day Edinburgh Doors Open Day on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September looks guaranteed to bring some fun to the city after the Fringe ends in August. The event will give access to dozens of city buildings normally out of bounds to the public - and free entry to many places that usually charge. Regularly seeing over 100 buildings participate, the event's locations in the past have ranged from a lighthouse to a curling house, and from the City Chambers to an infantry barracks.

Our Favourite Buildings

One of our favourite buildings which has been featured in the event in the past is the Granton Lighthouse Board Depot. Originally built as a training centre in 1850, the lighthouse looking building has since been repurposed as a cultural hub for artists and musicians. Granton Lighthouse Board Depot Thompson's Tower has been another unique event participant. The tower is an octagonal building designed by William Playfair in 1825 as a 'Curling House' for the Duddingston Curling Society. It is located within the grounds of Dr Neil's Garden on the banks of Duddingston Loch and is home to a Museum of Curling.

Thompson's Tower

So if you are interested in finding out more about one of Scotland's national sports, what better opportunity.

We're hoping that the tapestry weavers Dovecot Studios will also be available this year. It's always worth a visit to see their stunning conversion of the disused Victorian Infirmary Street Baths.

And lastly, Edinburgh University's Informatics Forum in Crichton Street is another building which is always in popular demand, from visitors keen to see the multi-award-winning centre for themselves.

With so many residences, places of work, worship and play volunteering to open their doors to the public, Doors Open Day have always been able to include a diverse and exciting mix of old and new buildings in it's programmes. So make sure you don't miss the chance to visit some of Scotland's most unique buildings.

It shows that you don't just need the August festivals to have fun in Edinburgh.