Ever wandered past one of Edinburgh's many beautiful buildings and thought 'I wonder what it looks like on the inside?'- well wonder no more! I went behind the scenes at a few venues last year, and it was definitely worth it- and the best news yet is that it is all free! You can pick up a copy of the brochure from your local library, but to kick you off here's my picks of the programme.
Anyone who knows me well will know that I never turn down an opportunity to go behind the scenes at a library. The collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens is one that I've been wanting to get my hands on for a while, so this is definitely top of my 'to do' list on the Doors Open weekend.
20A Inverleith Row, EH3 5LR- Sat/Sun 1pm-4pm
Absolutely beautiful in every sense of the word, I never pass up an opportunity to admire the Assembly Rooms. Built in 1787, the building has some impressive Georgian architecture and features.
54 George Street, EH2 2LR, Sunday 11am-4pm
Library number 2 on my list this year is the Advocates Library situated in part of the Parliament House complex. Opened in 1833 it is a private working law library for the Faculty of Advocates and there will be guided tours on Saturday only. Bookings are essential for this one.
Parliament House, EH1 1RF, Saturday 10am-4:30pm
Word on the grapevine is that this building has a pretty beautiful interior. Built in 1753 and firstly called The Royal Exchange, the City Chambers was taken over by the Council in 1811 and is formerly where they held their meetings.
High Street, EH1 1YJ, Sunday 10am-2pm
Okay, okay, you're getting bored to tears with my lists of libraries I want to visit, but this one has been closed recently to undergo a massive extension and renovation....and besides who can say no to getting a peak at all the goodies inside!
5 CRICHTON'S CLOSE, EH8 8DT, Saturday 10am-5pm
This is the LAST library on my list I PROMISE!! But in all fairness this isn't just a library, it's also an Afternoon Tea venue, an event space and also the perfect place for a wedding reception. The Lower Library (in this image) is still a working library and you can sometimes see lawyers studying there. I am officially in love with The Signet Library....just saying....
Parliament Square, EH1 1RF, Sunday 12pm-5pm
Sold by the Church of Scotland in 2014 when it was known as the Saint Stephen's Centre, this building has an impressive clock tower and is about to have some serious renovations, so get in while you can!
St Stephen Street, EH3 5AB, Saturday 10am-4:30pm, Sunday 1pm-4:30pm.