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Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival is an annual event taking place across the Glasgow during the 3rd week of September. Buildings open their doors and give free access to the public in order to showcase the city’s built environment, architecture and heritage. As well as open access to buildings, the week-long programme also includes bookable walks, tours, talks, special events and a dedicated children’s programme.


To strengthen Glaswegian civic pride!


To broaden public awareness and celebration of the city’s rich built heritage at local, national and international levels, by exposing a wide audience to  Glasgow’s diverse architecture. Additionally, Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival aims to aims to increase the profile of Glasgow as a destination for domestic and international tourists and contribute the wider strategic objectives of the city.


Since 1990 the Festival has continued to attract about 69,000 visits annually. You can learn more about the previous successes of the Festival.


Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival is organised by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust. It’s core funder is Glasgow City Council along with other valued sponsors.


Glasgow Doors Open Day first took place as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations in 1990. The event was organised by both Scottish Civic Trust and Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and was the first of its kind to take place in the United Kingdom. Following the success of the event in 1990 it has continued, forming part of Scotland’s contributions to the European Heritage Days since 1991.


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