The free event 24 Doors of Advent returns from 1 – 24 December, allowing you to peep behind usually closed doors throughout the city during advent!

Discover an exciting new place each day, as this real-life advent calendar takes you through a different door throughout December, as Edinburgh opens its doors to showcase the unique buildings in the city.  So forget the snowman-shaped chocolates in paper calendars and enjoy the new discoveries. Check out the list below to reveal information on the site opened each day and make your countdown to Christmas even more fun than usual!

This year’s doors include John Sinclair House, Victorian School Room, McEwan Hall, Trinity House, Burns Monument, Mansfield Traquair, BT Murrayfield and Lauriston Castle.

Please note that some events and tours must be booked in advance.

1 December – Historic Environment Scotland
2 December – Dovecot Studios
3 December – The Victorian Schoolroom
4 December – Lady Haig Poppy Factory
5 December – McEwan Hall
6 December – Dance For All Studio
7 December – Heart of Midlothian, Tynecastle Park
8 December – Trinity House
9 December – Robert Burns Monument
10 December – Mansfield Traquair Centre
11 December – BT Murrayfield Stadium
12 December – Stills
13 December – Scottish Storytelling Centre
14 December – Georgian Antiques
15 December – Holyrood Park Education Centre
16 December – The Scottish Parliament
17 December – Edinburgh Printmakers
18 December – Edinburgh Festival Theatre
19 December – Lauriston Castle
20 December – St Cecila’s Hall and Music Museum
21 December – National Records of Scotland, HM General Register House
22 December – Drumsheugh Baths Club
23 December – Filmhouse
24 December – Church of St John the Evangelist

*Guided tours available at some locations