Edinburgh - Open Buildings

What will you discover?

Explore over 50 buildings, places, and spaces this September!


3 Scone Gardens

Visit an award-winning refurbished Victorian terraced house, opening to the public for the very first time.

Augustine United Church

Learn about Scottish histories, connect with the community, and view stained glass by Robert Burns at this lively exhibition.

Bridgend Farmhouse

Get stuck-in at a former 18th-century farm and learn how the local community used this space to grow.

Chapel of St Albert the Great

Visit a unique and award-winning chapel, built in the back garden of its owners.

Church of the Good Shepherd

Set in lovely mature gardens, visit one of the first major commissions of renowned Scottish architect, Sir Robert Lorimer.

Collective - (formerly City Observatory)

The birthplace of astronomy in Edinburgh, now the home of Collective, a contemporary art organisation.

Corstorphine Astoria Centre

Visit the new home of the Ingram Organ, the smallest and last of its kind in the world.

Corstorphine Heritage Centre - Dower House

A 16th-century lodge that is the focal point of village life, offering concert venues and hosting local community groups.

Corstorphine Hill Tower

Adventure through hills and woodland before taking in a spectacular view of the city and coastline.

Cramond Kirk

Be immersed in military history and find out more about how this 15th-century building has remained standing throughout conflict.

Custom House

One of Leith's most distinctive Georgian buildings, now a buzzing creative hub and event space in the heart of the Shore.

Deaf Action

Visit the headquarters of the oldest deaf organisation in Edinburgh and the world.

Dean Gardens

Explore nine acres of semi-woodland garden on the steep banks of the Water of Leith, founded in the 1860s.

Edinburgh Central Library

Be guided through a major building works programme and explore the secrets of the library.

Edinburgh Central Mosque

An iconic building in the heart of the city, explore Edinburgh's main mosque and cultural centre.

Edinburgh Chess Club

Visit the oldest established chess club in the UK and join in with 200th-anniversary celebrations.

Edinburgh Open Workshop

Get creative at the multi-arts hub and see what you can make on a Smart Bench Router.

Edinburgh Printmakers

Visit a centre for printmaking and visual arts and learn about how some of Scotland's most acclaimed artists got their start.

Forth Road Bridge

Tour one of the world’s most significant long-span suspension bridges by mini-bus.


Georgian House 

Experience a life of luxury.

Gladstone's Land

Explore one of the oldest townhouses in Edinburgh with costume guides introducing you to its residents.

Grange Cemetery

Designed by David Bryce and occupying over 12 acres, this site contains over 6000 burial plots and is still in use today.

Granton Art Centre

Learn the secrets of the National Galleries of Scotland in these rare behind-the-scenes tours.

Granton Castle Walled Garden

Built in the 15th-century and once attached to Granton Castle, this garden has survived and flourished across multiple centuries.

History of Education - Victorian Classroom

Step back in time to the Victorian era at the Home Life Museum.

Inch House

A building full of character and community.

Institut Français d'Ecosse

Vivre la belle vie française! Visit the French Institute to learn about the array of events, activities, and shows throughout the year.

James Clerk Maxwell Foundation

Visit a restored Georgian home with iconic architecture, the birthplace of Scotland's great theoretical physicist.

National Library of Scotland

Take this rare opportunity to explore a national treasure. Learn the secrets of the library, such as the stacks.

National Library of Scotland - Causewayside Building

An iconic piece of modern architecture, which was purpose-built to house the National Library of Scotland's collections.

Newington Cemetery

Visit this 14-acre cemetery dating from 1846 is a peaceful haven for wildlife sanctuary and biodiversity.

Out of the Blue Drill Hall

Learn about the transformation of a former military building into an arts centre, with artists’ studios and a well-reviewed café.

Parliament House - Supreme Courts

Visit a complex of Grade A-listed building and the original home of the Scottish Parliament, now housing the Supreme Courts of Scotland.

The Police Box

Step into an original Edinburgh police box with vintage interior fittings.

The Press

Former purpose-building paper house, now offering housing, complete with traditional exposed architectural elements.

Riddle's Court

Visit the largest and most complex restoration of a 16th-century tenement building, right in the heart of the Old Town.

Royal Observatory Edinburgh

Look to the stars at this centre of astronomical research, with fantastic views across Edinburgh.


St Columba's by the Castle

Visit a refurbished hidden gem, now housing contemporary art works that take you on a journey through life.

St Cuthbert's Parish Church (Dalmeny Kirk)

Step foot in an ancient church that has stood for almost 900 years! Explore a fantastic example of a Norman parish church in Scotland.

St Michael & All Saints Church

Enjoy the stunning interior of this Grade A-listed church, featuring a 16th/17th century Spanish pulpit.

The Salisbury Centre

Visit this stunning listed building, designed to bring communities together with inclusive and accessible events.

Scottish Free French House

This year, the Consul General of France and her family are delighted to show you around their home.

Seafield Wastewater Works

Learn more about wastewater treatment, from the Gardyloo ship, to today’s modern green energy generation processes.

Song School - St Mary's Cathedral

Leave pitch-perfect after visiting the school for choristers at St Mary's Cathedral, and admire murals by Anna Traquair.

South Leith Parish Church

Hear the soothing sounds of the pipe organ and admire stained glass windows and a hammerbeam roof.

Stockbridge Parish Church

Come and see this stunning Grade B Georgian-listed building

Talbot Rice Gallery

Explore how the University of Edinburgh is contributing to contemporary art production, today and in the future.

Tribe Porty

Learn about how a community co-working space is providing a warm, welcoming, and inclusive space to its members.

Trinity House

Step inside Trinity House, a time capsule of Leith’s seafaring heritage, which has proudly stood in Leith’s Kirkgate since 1555.

University of Edinburgh's Main Library

One for the bookworms! Learn more about storing a world-class collection of books, resources, and knowledge.

William Purves Funeral Directors - Oakvale Funeral Home

One for the heritage enthusiast! Visit restored period drawing rooms, the garden, or the grand oak staircase.