Doors open on hidden gems

Everyone is welcome to explore some of the University’s most interesting buildings - for free - this weekend.

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 take a free behind-the-scenes peek at buildings of architectural, cultural or social interest.

Buildings are open on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September.

Download the 2017 Doors Open Day brochure

Our buildings

We are opening doors across campus, allowing access to a variety of buildings. These include artistic and scientific centres, historical landmarks and contemporary structures.

Each building will provide information to help visitors learn more about its history, design and what goes on there. Some are putting on free activities for visitors.

This year the line-up includes three newly refurbished buildings. These are St Cecilia’s Concert Hall and Musical Instrument Museum, the McEwan Hall, and Appleton Tower, where you can experience one of the best views of the city!

Central Area

Across the central area, the historical hub of the university, you can visit:

  • Old College, its grand Playfair Library and Raeburn portraits
  • the Talbot Rice Gallery including two festival exhibitions by Stephen Sutcliffe and Jacob Kerray
  • the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, an energy-efficient hub for sustainability
  • Teviot Row House, the UK's first purpose-built student union building
  • the Anatomical Museum, with its skeleton of William Burke
  • the Main Library, hosting an exhibition about Indian art and celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of events
  • the award-winning Chapel of St Albert the Great at 23 George Square

King’s Buildings

King’s Buildings, home to the College of Science and Engineering, will be hosting architectural exhibitions, guided tours, and a multitude of interactive workshops and science activities for the whole family.

Across the King’s Buildings campus, attractions include:

  • the Ashworth Laboratories, with its vast Natural History Collections
  • the Grant Institute and the Cockburn Museum of rocks and fossils: explore Earth Science topics from fossils to volcanos in a variety of hands-on activities
  • the Joseph Black Building, where the School of Chemistry is hosting Liquid Nitrogen Ice-cream and family drop-in activities
  • the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility, a huge water tank that helps designers of marine energy devices by offering testing opportunities in simulated waves and currents
  • the James Clerk Maxwell Building, where staff and students will demonstrate their work and help children make 'slime'!

Doors Open Day event at King's Buildings

Western General campus

The Medical Research Council Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the Western General Hospital will also be hosting guided tours, talks and activities for all ages, and exploring disease prevention, detection and treatment.  

St Cecilia’s Hall

St Cecilia’s Hall is Scotland’s oldest concert hall and home to the University’s world class collection of musical instruments. The museum displays 500 objects spanning five centuries of musical heritage and history, and the Sypert Concert Room offers a lively programme of concerts and events.

St Cecilia’s Hall

Undergraduate Open Day

Saturday 23 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 14 October as part of the Midlothian Science Festival. The Easter Bush campus houses the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and the Roslin Institute.

Midlothian Science Festival

Related links

Edinburgh Doors Open Day