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 2021
This year is the year of Coasts & Waters and we have appealed to venues who suit this theme in particular.
Dive into getting out and about visiting new locations in September 2021 as we celebrate our spectacular coasts and waters. Water is the lifeblood of our green and pleasant country. It’s what makes the landscape so special and loved. It has shaped where we build, how we build and greatly influenced our transport & leisure routes for a very long time.
Whether you’re exploring the coast of the Tay, the banks of the Tummel, the Earn or serene Loch Leven, we hope you can enjoy the best of what our landscapes can offer and, to punctuate your days out, we have many places open for free for you to stop off and visit this year.
Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust have organised two special water related venues for you this year – the Lower City Mills itself in the centre of Perth and a walking tour following the path of the lade underground through the city centre. Find out more by following the booking links or within the brochure.