Doors Open Days Glasgow

Scotland's annual Doors Open Days festival gives you free access to lots of fascinating buildings across Glasgow! This year's event will be held between the 10th and 16th September!

Doors Open Days Glasgow

About Doors Open Days Glasgow

Glasgow's Doors Open Days event 'Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival' takes place over a week in September with a programme of open buildings, walks, talks, tours, special events and children's activities.

Now in its 29th year, Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival returns to throw open the doors of the city in celebration of Glasgow’s architecture, culture and heritage. Come along 10-16th September to get behind the scenes in some of Glasgow’s iconic historic buildings as well as working factories, breweries, theatres and more. With a whole new programme, featuring hundreds of open buildings, walks, talks, tours, exhibitions, special events and children’s activities, the city is yours to explore!

Doors Open Days is a national event run by the Scottish Civic Trust. Information about the national programme, including event listings, can be found at www.doorsopendays.org.uk. Doors Open Days, along with Scottish Archaeology Month take place throughout Scotland and are part of European Heritage Days – an initiative which promotes a sense of community and a “common heritage” throughout the continent.

2018 Programme Highlights
The Cloud Water Zen Centre
Opened in 2017 for people of any faith or belief. It offers a space for quiet meditation and reflection, set in an impressive 8 storey red sandstone building in the heart of Glasgow city centre.

Dear Green Coffee Roasters
Dear Green Coffee Roasters are based in Glasgow’s East End. In this two-hour tour learn about the origins of coffee and hear Norry from Lost Glasgow spill the beans about the history of Glasgow’s coffee houses.

The Old Pumphouse, Clydeside Distillery
The first dedicated, single malt whisky distillery to be built in Glasgow for over a century. Come down to Queens Dock and watch Glasgow's stills flow once again. Learn more about the birth of the whisky industry and join a tour around the distillery.

TALK – Women’s History of Garnethill
Karen Mailley-Watt & Rachael Purse, aka the 'History Girls' will discuss the women who have shaped Garnethill. A lively talk on woman's lives; from artists, business owners to staff at The Glasgow School of Art.

WORKSHOP - Roti Making at the Glasgow Gurdwara
Come down to the Glasgow Gurdwara kitchen to learn the art of roti making!
TOUR - Home Front Walk Glasgow Buildings in Wartime 1939-1945: Explore Glasgow city centre transformed by the culture of war: shelters, sandbags, sirens, the blackout, emergency water tanks, mobile canteens, allied soldiers, wartime entertainment and visiting dignitaries.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Doors Open Days Glasgow are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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Roller Disco
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Alexandria Christmas Lights Switch on
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Helensburgh Christmas Lights Switch On
24th November 2018
Helensburgh
The festive celebrations will begin in Helensburgh with the annual Christmas Lights Switch On, being held on Saturday 24th November!
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Christmas Tree Lights Switch-On
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Tours of The Mackintosh House
Tours of The Mackintosh House
20th November 2018
Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow West End
Enjoy a 30 minute guided tour of The Mackintosh House, a meticulous re-assemblage of the principal interiors of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife's Glasgow home.
Machine Doodles Class
Machine Doodles Class
20th November 2018
Sew Confident Glasgow, Glasgow West End
Learn to use your machine to doodle and sketch on fabric with this evening masterclass from Sew Confident!
Tours of The Mackintosh House
Tours of The Mackintosh House
21st November 2018
Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow West End
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Hannah Frank 110th Birthday Exhibition
Hannah Frank 110th Birthday Exhibition
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East End Elfins
East End Elfins
19th November 2018
Alexandra Park, Glasgow East End
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Hartbeeps at St Enochs
Hartbeeps at St Enochs
19th November 2018
St. Enoch Centre, Glasgow City Centre
Enjoy Hartbeeps sessions for a unique, interactive and sensory experience for youngsters at the St Enoch Centre!
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History Events you might like...

Tours of The Mackintosh House
Tours of The Mackintosh House
20th November 2018
Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow West End
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Special Interest Tours
Special Interest Tours
20th November 2018
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, Glasgow South Side
Meet the specialist staff at GMRC and learn about their area of the museum collection... come and discover something new!
Historic Tours of Glasgow University
Historic Tours of Glasgow University
20th November 2018
The University of Glasgow, Glasgow West End
Join a Historic Tour of Glasgow University the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world!
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Machine Doodles Class
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Flamingo Upholstery - Evening Leisure Classes
21st November 2018
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Flamingo Upholstery is running weekly evening leisure classes in upholstery, learn a new skill and bring home a transformed piece of furniture to be proud of!
Upcycled Christmas Tree Workshop
Upcycled Christmas Tree Workshop
24th November 2018
Rags to Riches Retail, Glasgow South Side
Join the team at Rags To Riches for their latest upcycling workshop where you'll make your own Christmas tree using reclaimed wood!
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East End Elfins
East End Elfins
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Alexandra Park, Glasgow East End
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Tweeting Toddlers with the RSPB
Tweeting Toddlers with the RSPB
20th November 2018
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow West End
Join RSPB Glasgow's exciting group for toddlers and carers with animal-themed songs, stories and activities!
Taster Day
Taster Day
20th November 2018
Castlemilk Park, Glasgow South Side
Try out a variety of woodland tasks on one of Castlemilk Park's regular taster session events!
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Photography Events you might like...

Castlemilk Park Photo Walking Club
Castlemilk Park Photo Walking Club
10th December 2018
Castlemilk Park, Glasgow South Side
Come along to Castlemilk Park on the second Monday of each month with your camera for an educational Photo Walk!
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Castlemilk Park Photo Walking Club
14th January 2019
Castlemilk Park, Glasgow South Side
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Tours of The Mackintosh House
Tours of The Mackintosh House
20th November 2018
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Enjoy a 30 minute guided tour of The Mackintosh House, a meticulous re-assemblage of the principal interiors of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife's Glasgow home.
Insight Talks at the Hunterian
Insight Talks at the Hunterian
20th November 2018
Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow West End
Gain an insight into The Hunterian's world class collections at one of their weekly lunchtime talks!
Staff Picks
Staff Picks
20th November 2018
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow City Centre
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Tour Events you might like...

Tours of The Mackintosh House
Tours of The Mackintosh House
20th November 2018
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Special Interest Tours
Special Interest Tours
20th November 2018
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, Glasgow South Side
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Kelvin Hall Building Tours
Kelvin Hall Building Tours
20th November 2018
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Join the volunteer tour guides for a free 45 minute tour of Kelvin Hall and take a peek behind the scenes in Glasgow Museums' store!
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