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Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

We are passionate about promoting and celebrating Glasgow’s rich architecture and built heritage and have organised Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival since it first began in 1990. In 28 years the programme has grown from a one day event (formerly known as Doors Open Day) to a week long programme of open buildings, walks, talks, tours, exhibitions and a children’s programme. Every year the Festival attracts around 70,000 visitors and offers over 100 open buildings across the city.

The 2017 Festival will be taking place from 11th-17th September.

You can find out more about Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival on the dedicated website www.glasgowdoorsopendaysfestival.com


Quick links

Participate in the Festival: Open your building, give a talk or lead a tour www.glasgowdoorsopendaysfestival.co.uk/information-for-participants/ 

Past Doors Open Days: Have a look at all the programmes since 1990 www.glasgowdoorsopendaysfestival.co.uk/about/past-glasgow-doors-open-days/

Information for visitors: Everything you need to know to make the most of Doors Open Days www.glasgowdoorsopendaysfestival.co.uk/your-visit/


In addition, there are many other organisations across Glasgow who aim to provide opportunities for the people of Glasgow to experience their local architecture and culture.


What’s on

Here you’ll find information on what’s happening in Glasgow all year round; including talks, walks and events run by a number of organisations and local groups across the city.



  • As Architecture and Design Scotland celebrates its 10th year in 2015, DECADE is a series a series of talks on architecture in Scotland which will reflect on the past 10 years and look forward to the important issues of the next decade.
  • June onwards
  • Various Venues


Material Considerations: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials

  • A library of sustainable building materials offering visitors the chance to learn about sustainability in a hands-on environment.
  • April 2012 – January 2016
  • Architecture and Design Scotland



Looking for places to visit?

Check out the following:

Family Owned Historic Houses, Castles & Gardens

National Trust for Scotland Properties 

Historic Scotland Properties