What to do this weekend: 29-30 September
First of all, apologies for anyone who is expecting a break from this month's Doors Open Day focus. I'm a true archi-geek and it's possibly my favourite event series of the year.
Fifth Weeend of Doors Open Days
The long awaited final weekend of the Doors Open Days month has arrived with over 140 venues opening their doors in Edinburgh and East Lothian. This is our 7th Doors Open Day weekend since we moved to the 'burgh and despite beind 'DOD veterans' we still find hidden gems we have not yet explored. Our schedule for this weekend includes the following venues:
- Trinity House of Leith - I love anything nautical and can't wait to learn more about Leith's seafaring past.
- Residence of the Consul General of France - I always wanted to have a sneak peek inside the beautiful Georgian houses of Regent Terrace.
- Abden House - a beautiful Jacobean revivalist style three-storey mansion.
- Sir Patrick Geddes Apartment - because who would not want to check out the Castle views from Ramsay Gardens?
- Playfair at Donaldson's - first (and maybe last?) Doors Open Day since the renovation works.
Other venues we visited in previous years and recommend checking out:
- Corstorphine Hill Tower - amazing views but not for those with fear of heights!
- Raimes Clark & Co Head Office - a fine Palladian style Georgian villa just off Leith Walk.
- General Register House & New Register House - while there don't miss the Archivist's Garden, a hidden gem.
- Riddle's Court - beautifully renovated merchant's house on the Royal Mile.
- Dean Gardens - one of our favourite private Georgian gardens.
- St Bernards's Well - a hidden gem along the Water of Leith.
- Anatomical Museum - a rarely open museum, weird and wonderful.
- Chapel of St Albert the Great - an award winning piece of modern architecture hidden near the Meadows.
- McEwan Hall - if you are not one of the lucky ones graduating here.
If you fancy a break from architecture, we recommend the following events:
- Canteen Season Closing Party - a lovely street food fest organised by Rogue Village at the beautiful Archerfield Walled Garden at East Lothian.
- Shakespeare's Twelft Night - a play presented by Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre and Bristol's Old Vic.
Have a nice weekend!