Doors Open Days Stirling

Scotland's annual Doors Open Days festival gives you free access to lots of fascinating buildings across Stirling! This year's event will be held September 14th to

Doors Open Days Stirling

About Doors Open Days Stirling

Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment. It offers free access to over a thousand venues across the country throughout September, every year.

The aim of Doors Open Days is to ensure that Scotland’s built heritage, new and old, is made accessible to people living and visiting the country on weekends in September.

It is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days along side Scottish Archaeology Month, coordinated by Archaeology Scotland (formerly known as the Council for Scottish Archaeology). Both are supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

Information about the national programme, including event listings, can be found at www.doorsopendays.org.uk.

Please note that some of Stirling's activities are happening on dates outwith the advertised weekend, so be sure to peruse the venues and the brochure so as not to miss out!

2019 Programme Highlights:

The Engine Shed - 14th September
Our building in Stirling was once a military goods and transfers shed, built sometime between 1896 and 1913. The exact details of its construction were subject to an information blackout and are still unknown today.
In 2017, after an extensive restoration, we opened our doors to the public.

During the guided tour, you’ll learn more about our building including:
How it was made using traditional materials in a contemporary way.
How we’ve recycled or restored many other traditional materials during the restoration

Please note: Each tour is limited to 10 people and booking is essential.

Bannockburn House - 14th & 15th September
Come and take a tour of our historic Category A Listed Bannockburn House which, apart from a Victorian extension, has survived largely unchanged since the 17th century. After over 50 years of dormancy this beautiful house and grounds were bought by the local community in December 2017 - with help from public donations and grants from organisations including Stirling Council and the Scottish Land Fund.

A dedicated group of volunteers is now breathing new life into the house and grounds with the aim of creating a community hub providing a range of activities and resources to benefit future generations. Come and discover all about the house's long history, its connection to Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Jacobite movement and the worldwide tartan trade.

There will be teas and coffees available plus some stalls with information about projects going on at Bannockburn House. There is even a little shop selling keepsakes for you to remember your visit. The Sculpture Placement Group also has two sculptures located in Bannockburn House for the Doors Open Days weekend for visitors to enjoy.

Booking is essential. Limited parking is available on the driveway of house for booked visitors only. Please car share where possible.

To ensure you enjoy your visit to the full, please wear WARM clothing - it is an old house with no heating (yet!).

Mugdock Castle - 14th & 15th September

Mugdock Castle is situated within the scenic Mugdock Country Park, which is
one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions. This Scheduled Ancient
Monument dates back to the 1300’s and retains its original four-storey south-west
tower mostly intact. Come and see inside the Castle tower and climb the stairs to the top and enjoy the fantastic views from the parapet walk over Mugdock Country Park and beyond.

Disabled access to grounds only - there is no access to tower.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Doors Open Days Stirling are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment. All information (whether in text or photographs) is given in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact.

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