The Edinburgh Doors Open Day is a weekend where you have the possibility to visit buildings that are normally closed to the public or charge an entry fee. It also gives you the chance to visit some cultural and architectural buildings and hear some interesting talks about them. It’s the perfect time to explore the hidden side of Edinburgh!

Here are some ideas of what to see on Doors Open Day:

The National Library of Scotland (George IV Bridge, EH1 1EW)

National library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland is Scotland’s largest reference library and a major research centre in Europe.

Stewart’s Melville College (Queensferry Road, EH4 3EZ)

Stewart's Melville

Originally opened in 1855 as Daniel Stewart’s Hospital for 50 destitute boys, the building has since undergone a number of changes, including a multi-million pound rebuild to create a Performing Arts Centre in 2007.

The Royal Observatory of Edinburgh (Blackford Hill, EH9 3HJ)
Royal Observatory Edinburgh

The Royal Observatory Edinburgh combines state-of-the-art high-tech facilities and original Victorian observatory buildings on a beautiful hilltop location overlooking the city.

The Merchant’s Hall (22 Hanover Street, EH2 2EP)

Dome of the Merchant Hall Edinburgh

Situated in the heart of the city, The Merchant’s Hall is one of Scotland’s more discreet treasures, where the best of Art and Architecture have combined to create a building of grace and distinction.

John Knox House (43-45 High Street, EH1 1SR)

John Knox House

Dating back to 1470, and now incorporated into the Scottish Storytelling Centre, John Knox House is one of Scotland’s greatest cultural treasures and is associated with the most dramatic events in Scotland’s turbulent history.

Advocates Library (Parliament House, EH1 1RF)

Edinburgh Advocate's Library 2

The current Advocates Library building, designed by William Playfair, was opened in 1833 and is part of the Parliament House complex. It is the private working law library for the Faculty of Advocates, Scotland’s bar.

Assembly Rooms (54 George Street, EH2 2LR)
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

For over two centuries the Assembly Rooms has been at the heart of the capital and touched the lives of many of its residents. It has hosted both monarchy and celebrity royalty, played its part in two world wars and celebrated artistic excellence.

Date: 24/25 September 2016

Time: Various: see in the Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2016 Booklet

Price: Free

Place: Various places in Edinburgh

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