Edinburgh Local

Doors Open Days 2021

The University of Edinburgh's home for information on Doors Open Days on 25 and 26 September 2021.

The University of Edinburgh is proud to be part of Edinburgh and East Lothian Doors Open Days, organised by the Cockburn Association. 

This year, due to ongoing safety measures to reduce transmission of Covid-19, our Doors Open Days will again be held online. We hope you enjoy learning about our buildings and facilities from the comfort of your home. 

Available virtual and video tours

The University of Edinburgh campusvirtual map

Self-guided campus toursaudio tours

McEwan Hall video

Centre for Regenerative Medicine - virtual tour 

School of Informatics website and video tour

The Bayes Centre - website and videos

The King's Buildings - website and tour

Edinburgh Futures Institute tour 

St Cecilia’s Hall - website and video

The Anatomical Museum video

George Square and Holyrood Campus - virtual tours of eleven buildings

Edinburgh College of Art - virtual tour 

Institute for Genetics & Cancer - website and videos

The Roslin Institute Shrimp Facility - website


A focus on....The King's Buildings

We are celebrating a century of science and engineering at The King’s Buildings campus.

On 6th July 1920, King George V laid the foundation stone for the first of the buildings that would form part of The University of Edinburgh's new Science campus, relocated from its former Old College premises. The covid pandemic led us to postpone the centenary celebrations for one year, becoming KB101.

The King's Buildings virtual tour


Aerial image of the King's Buildings, which sit between the city and Craigmillar Park Golf Course.

Explore the main science and engineering campus of The University of Edinburgh through our updated virtual tour. Discover the history and people behind our diverse collection of buildings, explore what happens in our research spaces, and learn about our staff and students who undertake new investigations into how the world (and universe) around us works.

For example, in the James Clerk Maxwell Building (aka JCMB), you can find out how special chambers affect the sound we hear, and explore the fourth dimension with our famous hypercube zoetrope. You can see the research labs in the Sanderson and Joseph Black Buildings, as well as the state-of-the-art Edinburgh Genome Foundry in the Swann Building. Throughout the virtual campus, we have also scattered a range of interactive activities linked to the science and engineering research we undertake on campus.

Additionally, as part of our KB101 centenary celebrations, our virtual tour includes a sneak preview of an upcoming aerial photograph exhibition that highlights how The King’s Buildings has developed over the past 100 years.

There’s something for everyone to discover!


Our KB101 celebrations