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European Heritage Days logoFREE visits to 1,100+ hidden gems in Scot & WalesFor buildings that usually charge or are closed to the public

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As part of European Heritage Days, in the last few weeks there were opportunities for people in England to see inside some hidden heritage gems. Now, until the end of September in Scotland and Wales, 1,100+ venues that usually charge or are closed to the public will open their doors. 

Buildings include grade-listed properties, offices, museums, gardens, attractions and more. For most, you can just turn up on the day (though expect LONG queues for the more popular buildings). However, some do require you to book in advance.

Doors Open Days Scotland

You can get free access to 800+ Scottish properties for free on weekends in September as part of The Scottish Civic Trust's Doors Open Days annual architectural festival.

Properties opening their doors include:

  • Botanic Cottage, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (Sat 23 Sep, admission to gardens usually free, Glasshouse admission £6.50).
  • Covesea lighthouse, Lossiemouth (Sat 23 Sep only).

Open Doors Wales

Until the end of September, you'll be able to see inside 300+ buildings in Wales for free as part of the Welsh Government's historic environment service's (Cadw) annual Open Doors event. 

Properties you can visit include:

European Heritage Days logoFREE hidden gem visits in Ldn, Scot & WalesFor buildings that usually charge or are closed to the public

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As part of European Heritage Days, last week there was an opportunity for people in England - outside of London - to see inside some hidden heritage gems. This weekend in London - and until the end of September in Scotland and Wales - 1,850+ venues that usually charge or are closed to the public will open their doors. 

Buildings include grade-listed properties, offices, museums, gardens, attractions and more. For most, you can just turn up on the day (though expect LONG queues for the more popular buildings). However, some do require you to book in advance.

Open House London

This year 750 venues are participating in Open House London from Sat 17 Sep to Sun 18 Sep (full list of participating venues).

Some of the hidden gems you'll be able to visit include:

  • The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe (Sat 17 & Sun 18 Sep, usually closed to public). First come first served, expect long queues.
  • Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe (Sat 17 & Sun 18 Sep, usually £6).
  • The Walthamstow Pumphouse museum, Winchester House (Sat 17 & Sun 18 Sep, usually only open Sun).

Doors Open Days Scotland

You can get free access to 800+ Scottish properties for free on weekends in September as part of The Scottish Civic Trust's Doors Open Days annual architectural festival.

Properties opening their doors include:

  • Pollok House, Glasgow (Sun 18 Sep only, usually £6.50).
  • Cairn O' Mohr Winery, Errol - Perth & Kinross (Sun 25 Sep only, usually £6).
  • Botanic Cottage, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (Sat 24 & Sun 25 Sep, admission to gardens usually free, Glasshouse admission £6.50).

Open Doors Wales

Until the end of September, you'll be able to see inside 300+ buildings in Wales for free as part of the Welsh Government's historic environment service's (Cadw) annual Open Doors event. 

Properties you can visit include:

  • Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey (Sat 24 & Sun 25 Sep, usually £6).
  • Denbigh Castle, Denbigh (Sat 24 & Sun 25 Sep, usually £4 - pre-booking required).
  • The Old Lock Up, Llangollen (Sat 17 & Sun 18 Sep, admission is usually free but there will be special activites on these days).

European Heritage Days logoFREE visits to 1,200+ hidden gems in Ldn, Scot & WalesFor buildings that usually charge or are closed to the public

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As part of European Heritage Days, last week there was an opportunity for people in England - outside of London - to see inside some hidden heritage gems. This weekend it's the turn of folk in London, Scotland and Wales to have a look around 1,200+ venues that usually charge or are closed to the public. 

Buildings include grade-listed properties, offices, museums, gardens, attractions and more. For most, you can just turn up on the day (though expect LONG queues for the more popular buildings). However, some do require you to book in advance.

Open House London

This year more than 700 venues are participating in Open House London from Sat 19 Sep to Sun 20 Sep (full list of participating venues).

Some of the hidden gems you'll be able to visit include:

  • London Museum of Water & Steam, Green Dragon Lane (Sat 19 & Sun 20 Sep, usually £11.50).
  • London Fire Brigade museum, Winchester House (Sat 19 Sep only, usually £5). This is the last chance to see the museum at its current location.
  • The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe (Sun 20 Sep only, usually closed to public). First come first served, expect long queues.

Doors Open Days Scotland

You can get free access to 400+ Scottish properties for free on weekends in September as part of The Scottish Civic Trust's Doors Open Days annual architectural festival.

Properties opening their doors include:

Open Doors Wales

Until the end of September, you'll be able to see inside 150+ buildings in Wales for free as part of the Welsh Government's historic environment service's (Cadw) annual Open Doors event. 

Properties you can visit include:

  • BBC Broadcasting House, Cardiff (Sat 19 Sep only, usually £9.25 - pre-booking essential).
  • Denbigh Castle, Denbigh (Sat 19 & Sun 20 Sep, Sat 26 & Sun 27 Sep, usually £3.50).
  • Aberglasney, Carmarthenshire (Sat 19 & Sun 20 Sep - see the unrestored upstairs rooms, opened to the public for first time).
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