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As part of European Heritage Days, Glasgow Doors Open Day is an annual, city-wide event which takes place during the 3rd weekend of September. Buildings open their doors and allow access to the public. Additionally walks, tours, talks and special events take place presenting opportunities to discover and learn about Glasgow’s unique built heritage. The best part, its all free, made possible by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, the organisers of the festival since 1990.


The mission of Doors Open Day Glasgows Built Heritage Festival is to strengthen civic awareness and pride among Glaswegians, and to broaden public awareness of Glasgows rich built heritage at local, national and international levels, by exposing a diverse audience to different aspects of Glasgows built environment.


The main aim is to deliver a free (to the public) inclusive event showcasing Glasgow’s heritage. Other aims include increasing the number of Glaswegians who are engaged in celebrating and learning about Glasgows built heritage, increasing the profile of Glasgow as a destination for domestic and international tourists and contributing to the vibrant Glasgow strategic objectives of Glasgow Community Plan and to the promotion of the built environment action in Glasgow’s Tourism Action Plan to 2016.


Over the past 25 years the event has grown in popularity with over 69,000 visits during the event and an direct economic impact for Glasgow of £266,413. Why not read about the previous successes of the festival.


Glasgow Doors Open Day is coordinated by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and funded by Glasgow City Council along with other sponsors.

Find out more about the history and how Doors Open Day has developed into the loved festival it is today.

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