Key sites open their doors

On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September, you can explore some of the University’s most interesting buildings – for free.

The University is taking part in the annual Edinburgh Doors Open Day, one of the city’s most popular free events.

It gives people the chance to lift the curtain on some of the capital’s most important architectural, social and cultural buildings.

Download the 2016 Doors Open Day brochure

Our buildings

We are opening doors across campus, allowing access to a variety of buildings, including artistic and scientific centres.

Each building is providing information to help visitors learn more about its history, design and day-to-day function. Some are putting on activities for visitors.

A highlight will be the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at Little France.

The Clinic has been funded through a generous donation from author JK Rowling in memory of her mother. 

It provides a welcoming environment for people with neurological conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neurone Disease.

The facility aims to discover treatments that slow progression of these conditions. 

Central Area

In the central area, the historical hub of the University, attractions include:

  • Playfair Library and Raeburn portrait collection, Old College
  • Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, a world-leading research hub
  • The Anatomical Museum, with its skeleton of William Burke
  • Teviot Row House, the world’s first purpose-built student union building
  • The Talbot Rice Gallery, including an exhibition by Alice Neel
  • The Main Library, housing a display on IQ pioneer Sir Godfrey Thomson
  • Adam House, one of the University’s first post-war buildings

King’s Buildings

At King’s Buildings, home to the University’s College of Science and Engineering, you can visit:

  • The Ashworth Laboratories, with its vast Natural History Collections
  • The Grant Institute, home to the Cockburn geological museum
  • The Joseph Black Building, where the Chemistry department is hosting Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream and “Green Chemistry” family activities
  • The FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility, with live demos
  • The James Clerk Maxwell Building, and a variety of interactive exhibits on topics from particle physics to slime creation
  • The Roger Land Building, home to the SynthSys synthetic biology research group

Related links

Edinburgh Doors Open Day

Doors Open Day – King’s Buildings

Anne Rowling Clinic