Edinburgh opens its doors this weekend
This weekend (29th and 30th September) many of Edinburgh’s buildings open their doors to the public, giving you access to some of the capitals best kept secrets. It’s part of the wider Doors Open campaign, with different cities and regions taking it in turns throughout September to open their doors to the public. We’ll be heading along to some this coming weekend so be sure to keep checking out our Twitter and Instagram pages to get some inspiration of places to visit. In the meantime, and to give you a sense of the different types of places that will be open, take a quick look at our preview of our top 5 choices. Keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts as we’ll be featuring more over the next couple of days.
Opened in 1855 as Daniel Stewart’s Hospital, it’s now one of Edinburgh’s fee-paying schools. As well as the main building itself you’ll be able to go on guided tours of the campus and get access to the Performing Arts Centre (opened in 2007) as well as a host of other rooms including the library (formerly a chapel).
Built in the 19th century, it brings together the best of art and architecture, and contains a wealth of treasures you wouldn’t normally get the chance to see. It’s in the city centre so an ideal place to begin your day of exploring.
A fully functional Victorian schoolroom within the History of Education Centre. A good one for families as you’ll be able to take part in the Victorian-style lesson (which lasts around 20 mins and held throughout the day). There’s also the chance to visit the exhibitions and find out what life was like in Victorian times.
Situated at the heart of University of Edinburgh, this building dates back to 1789. You’ll get a chance to explore the dome and its statues as well as meeting rooms and the grand staircase, which contains many fine paintings, including works by Raeburn. This is just one of several University of Edinburgh buildings open to the public for the weekend.
New for 2018, a self-guided you get the chance to take a look at the newly restored Playfair at Donaldson’s. The tour takes in some of the completed areas as well as the chance to view the unique courtyard which the former school is famous for. Visits and tours must be pre-booked.