Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment. This annual event gives local residents and visitors of all ages the opportunity to visit historic, civic and interesting buildings that are not usually open or accessible to the public; all for free!
Doors Open Days takes place throughout Scotland in September and is co-ordinated nationally by The Scottish Civic Trust as part of European Heritage Days and Scottish Archaeology Month. For full details of this exciting nationwide festival, and to access the online programme, visit the dedicated Doors Open Days website.
“Get in to Buildings with Doors Open Days - it’s free and open to all!”
In Perth and Kinross, Doors Open Days is co-ordinated by Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust and funded by The Gannochy Trust. The Trust has been organising the festival in Perth and Kinross since 1996 and we estimate that our programmes have allowed over 90,000 people the opportunity to visit historic and civic gems across the region. The festival wouldn’t be possible without the enthusiastic and dedicated support of thousands of building owners, custodians, volunteers and staff who contribute their time and energy to opening venues to the public each year.
Doors Open Days in Perth and Kinross will take place across again in September and likely span two weekends divided by geographical area:
Dates and details of the programme will be added here as plans progress in early 2020 so check back soon for further information.
If you’re interested in getting into buildings and having a look around some of Perth and Kinross’s hidden gems then the best way is to pick up a copy of the programme brochure which is available from Libraries, Museums and Visit Scotland Information Centres from August each year. It can also be downloaded from this page or from the Doors Open Days website - full online venue listings for all of Scotland are available on this webpage.
“We love Doors Open Days, [it’s a] great opportunity to explore your own town and learn history” - visitor
If you're a building owner/operator and would like to take part in Doors Open Days, or you have a suggestion of somewhere you would like to see added to the programme, then please get in touch. You can also find out more about how to get involved on the Doors Open Days website.
“Wonderful experience and a joy to be a part of Doors Open Days” - venue operator
In 2019, Doors Open Days in Perth and Kinross took place across two weekends divided by geographical area:
Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th: wider Perth and Kinross
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th: Perth City
35 years of the national Doors Open Days festival was celebrated with a special arts and entertainment theme. 36 places, spaces and studios opened their doors and showcased creative connections to architecture as part of the programme with over 4,200 visits recorded at the participating venues. Perth and Kinross Doors Open Days worked in partnership with Perthshire Open Studios to bring a week-long double festival of free access to view artistic venues, artists’ studios and their work.
Our sincere thanks to all those who made Doors Open Days 2019 a successful and well attended event! In particular, thank you to the Gannochy Trust for their continued generous financial support and of the 250 volunteers who chalked up over 1,900 hours to make it all happen.