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Edinburgh's City Guide

Doors Open Day

Doors Open Days are a fantastic initiative which give you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across the whole of Scotland. It’s an annual event that runs every September and each weekend throughout the month you can explore many fascinating buildings which are usually closed to the public. Some of these buildings only open once a year, others only open once a lifetime so you could enjoy an experience that cannot be repeated.

The Scottish Civic Trust coordinate the event and in Edinburgh a range of buildings have been enjoyed over 23 years. Many of the venues feature more than just the chance to look around, there are scheduled walks, tours and exhibitions to enjoy too.

Many buildings have been enjoyed over the last 23 years including City Chambers, the Chapel of St Albert the Great, the Cockburn Association and the Playfair Library. There were 63 different buildings, open spaces and other places of note involved in the September 2014 and every year is an improvement on the last. There is truly something from everyone including art exhibitions, castles, churchyards, health and wellbeing experiences and even modern marvels. Edinburgh prides itself in offering something for everyone and the Doors Open Day events are an opportunity to get a real taste of the city, perfect for visitors on short breaks.

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