Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment, new and old. Every September, you can explore hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland for free. Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime.
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:
Baldernock Parish Church and Watch House
The church is a lovely example of a late 18th century rural parish church. The interior has rich timber work and the graveyard hosts interesting gravestones.A Watch House to guard against body snatchers in the 19th century houses a small exhibition.The church is at the end of a lovely one-and-a-half mile walk from Milngavie.No need to book, tours will be conducted on a first come first served basis. Limited and assisted wheelchair access.
The library was originally built as a school, and for more than a hundred years, children and families have been stepping through its doors.
Cadder Parish Church
For over 900 years, there has been a church on this site.
Come along and view the beautiful church sanctuary and stained glass windows. All welcome.
Cawder House & Estate
Enjoy a guided walk through this Seventeenth century laird's house, extensively altered in classical style. Set in landscaped grounds which includes part of the Antonine Wall; a legionary milestone is inside the house.
Grade C-listed property in Milngavie was bequeathed to Spinal Injuries Scotland.Tours of the adapted apartment.
Douglas Academy's current building opened in 2009 providing bright, spacious facilities fit for purpose. It has extensive indoor and outdoor sports areas, including a large games hall and fitness suite, and also has a modern library and performance area. Enjoy tours of the building including music recitals from the Douglas Academy Music School, art work and local history displays.
Kirkintilloch Town Hall
Originally opened to the public in 1906, Kirkintilloch Town Hall has got a new lease of life and is once again set to be the venue to visit! Come along for a visit to this great building, discover the wealth of Kirkintilloch's industrial heritage in the Heritage Centre and take part in some family fun activities.
Milngavie Waterworks Walk
This walk, organised by the Milngavie Heritage group, provides the opportunity to discover how the Victorians resolved the epidemic problems of their growing cities, such as Glasgow, by harnessing natural resources i.e. Loch Katrine, to provide plentiful supplies of fresh clean water for its citizens.
New Kilpatrick Church
Building began in 1807 (James Gillespie Graham) on the site of an earlier church of 1649, and within the original settlement established by Paisley Abbey in 1232. The church was extended and the tower built in 1888 (Hugh McLure).The church has a very fine collection of stained glass windows by Stephen Adam, Alfred and Gordon Webster, Norman M Macdougall, C E Stewart, James Ballantine and Eilidh Keith.No need to book ahead as tours will be conducted on a first come first served basis.
Springfield Cambridge Church
The Springfield Church was built in 1865 comprising the original building, and later a modern sanctuary extension was added in 1972/3 with additional halls, rooms and a small chapel.The tour will cover most areas of the church and information leaflets will be provided.No need to book, tours will be conducted on a first come first served basis.
St Cyprian's Scottish Episcopal Church
This was the first Church built in Lenzie and is a fine example of a mid-Victorian church. Lenzie was a country residential area linked by rail with Glasgow that attracted the well-to-do. Anglican Christians within this group build this Episcopal Church that opened in 1873. Thomas Craig Christie of Bedlay Castle, Chryston was Chairman of the Building Committee and a substantial donor towards the original fabric.The church boasts a differing range of stained glass styles. Stewards will be in attendance. All welcome.
St Mary's Parish Church
St Mary's was completed in 1914 to replace the Auld Kirk at the Cross. Its impressive Gothic tower contrasts with the tapering spire of nearby St David's. It was designed by Messrs Clark & Bell of Glasgow. There are many beautiful stained glass windows in the church, some by artist Gordon Webster. It also features a series of modern stained glass by Kirkintilloch artist Willie Rodger.
For more information on the participating buildings, events & tours, visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk
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