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Our Top Picks for Edinburgh’s Doors Open Day

Uncover the city's architectural roots this Doors Open Day

06 . 09 . 2017

Uncover Edinburgh’s fascinating history with exclusive access to the city’s architectural hidden gems.

Edinburgh is renowned for its striking architecture, from the Georgian townhouses of the New Town to the gothic masterpiece of the Scott Monument.

For 2 days only, Doors Open Days are giving visitors access to some of Edinburgh’s most interesting and unique buildings. Taking place from 23rd – 24th September, the event opens the doors to more than 100 venues across the city, with behind the scenes tours, talks and exhibitions bringing the fascinating history of each building to life.

With these buildings normally closed to the public, this 2-day event is a once in a lifetime opportunity! So to help you make the most of this limited time, we’ve compiled a list of our top picks for Edinburgh’s Doors Open Day 2017.

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The Botanic Cottage (© Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh)

The Anatomical Museum

10:00 – 16:00 | 23rd September

Home to an impressive collection of historical and anatomical specimens, the Anatomical Museum, used by medical students of the University of Edinburgh, was once described as “an ornament to the city.” Today the museum houses a whole host of fascinating anatomical curiosities including the skeleton of notorious murderer, William Burke.

Address: Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG

Botanic Cottage

13:00 – 16:00 | 23rd September

Designed by renowned Scottish architects John Adam and James Craig, the Botanic Cottage provides an important insight into the city’s botanical, social and built heritage. Having been saved from demolition and relocated to Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens, the cottage now hosts a number of educational programmes and public events.

Address: Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ

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The Georgian House (© National Trust for Scotland)

Royal Observatory of Edinburgh

10:00 – 17:00 | 23rd – 24th September

Sat on a beautiful hilltop overlooking the city, the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh combines state of the art facilities and original Victorian features, housing some of the best telescopes in the world. Catch talks, demonstrations and exhibits and go behind the scenes at one of Scotland’s leading scientific establishments.

Address: Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ

The Georgian House

10:00 – 13:00 | 24th September

Dating back to 1769, the Georgian House provides a glimpse into 18th century life in Edinburgh’s New Town. Having been restored and fully-furnished by the National Trust for Scotland, this historic townhouse authentically reflects the opulent lifestyle of the Lamont family, who were the original owners of the building.

Address: Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DR


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