Doors Open Day 2014

On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September you can explore some of the University’s most interesting buildings - for free.

Photo of the exterior of St Albert's Chapel

We are again taking part in Edinburgh Doors Open Day, one of the capital's most popular free events, which gives the public an opportunity to take a free behind-the-scenes peek at buildings of architectural, cultural or social interest.

Doors Open Day brochure

Our Doors Open Day brochure has details of the buildings that are included, opening times and maps.


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Our buildings

Our buildings range from historic landmarks to contemporary structures which offer our students and staff a wide variety of locations for teaching, learning, research and leisure.

Two new venues this year are the wonderful Arcadia Nursery and nature kindergarten at King’s Buildings, and the fascinating low-carbon Combined Heat and Power Energy Centre in George Square.

On Doors Open Day, each building will provide information and free activities to help visitors learn more about its history, design and what goes on there.

Central campus, Edinburgh

Across the central campus, buildings open to the public will include:

  • Old College, its grand Playfair Library and Raeburn portraits
  • the Talbot Rice Gallery and its festival exhibition, Counterpoint
  • the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, an energy-efficient hub for sustainability
  • George Square's very own combined heat and power station
  • Teviot Row House, the UK's first purpose-built student union building
  • the Reid Concert Hall and world-class collection of musical instruments
  • the steeply-raked Anatomy Lecture Theatre and fascinating Anatomical Museum
  • the Main Library, hosting an exhibition of Islamic manuscripts
  • the beautiful, award-winning Chapel of St Albert the Great at 23 George Square

King’s Buildings campus, Edinburgh

At King’s Buildings, home to the College of Science and Engineering, there is an orienteering trail, guided tours, and a multitude of interactive family workshops and hands-on science activities across the campus.

Across the King’s Buildings campus, buildings open to the public will include:

  • the Ashworth Building, which hosts the Natural History Collections where you can view living sea creatures in tanks and under microscopes
  • the Grant Institute and the Cockburn Museum of rocks and fossils: bring along your own specimens for identification
  • the Joseph Black Building, the oldest on campus, which will host guided tours and drop-in activities
  • the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility, a huge water tank (larger than the Commonwealth Pool) that helps designers of marine energy devices by offering testing opportunities in simulated waves and currents
  • the James Clerk Maxwell Building, where research is undertaken on soft matter and novel materials and where staff and students will demonstrate their work and help children make 'slime'!

Plans for a new development at the Darwin and Swann Buildings will also be on display, along with family activities about Biology.

Arcadia Nursery

The University’s new nursery will open its doors to the public for the first time. Designed around the concept of free play and nature kindergartens, the nursery is Edinburgh’s most innovative nursery. It offers places to babies and toddlers of parents in the community, as well as children of University staff and students.

Undergraduate Open Day

Saturday 27 September is also the University's Undergraduate Open Day.

Undergraduate Open Day

Easter Bush campus, Midlothian

Our Easter Bush campus will host an open day on Saturday 4 October as part of the Midlothian Science Festival. The Easter Bush campus houses the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and the Roslin Institute.

Related Links

Edinburgh Doors Open Day