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23rd - 29th September 2019 - Doors Open Days

Cobble Tales Architecture Tour of the New Town
Saturday 28th September 2019 10:00 - 12:00
Learn of Scotland's cultural connection to Ancient Greece and Rome on a walk through the largest Georgian planned town development in the world. Stroll its symmetrical grid of extravagant tenements and romantic private gardens. Soak in the neoclassical ornaments under the starlit dome of the most magnificent banking hall. Grasp the origins of palatial facades, elegant ironwork, and a palette of sandstone finishes. 
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Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park Walking Tour
Saturday 28th September 10:00 – 12:00, 26b Gilmerton Dykes Street, EH17 7QN

Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park is one of Edinburgh’s finest green spaces and twice the size of Princes Street Gardens. Organised by the Friends group, which is developing a local heritage trail, this walk will feature the history and beauty of the park and Stenhouse Village dating back more than 300 years. See former mills and hear about Gilmerton Cove, the Limestone Mines and the tragic story of the ‘Stenhouse Witches’. 


Family Bike Ride
Saturday 28th September 10:30

Edinburgh Family Rides is delighted to be offering a family friendly bike ride as part of Doors Open Day. Meet at Victoria Park (by Jack’s Café and the playpark) and cycle off to visit Trinity House and the Victorian School Room, both offering children’s activities. You will need bikes in good working order and suitable clothes for the weather. Keep an eye out for more details on


Weeds Galore! - Fully Booked
Saturday 28th September 16:30 Meet at the Cockburn Association, Trunk’s Close, 55 High Street, EH1 1SR

Foraging in the urban landscape or your back yard. Find out which common weeds are both food and medicine. Learn how to incorporate weeds into delicious nutritious recipes. So, are weeds friend or foe? You will have a whole new perspective after this informative tour with Medical Herbalist Julia Cook.


Traditional Building Demonstration by SPAB Fellow Peter McKlusky
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 10:00 – 16:00

Trunk’s Close, 55 High Street, EH1 1SR

Come join the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in Scotland as SPAB Scholar Peter McCluskey leads you through a fun day looking into the world of traditional building skills. Short demonstrations on roof slating, cast iron rainwater goods, and plaster works give visitors an opportunity for hands-on learning sure to be an exciting day.


Unlocking the Union Canal Walking Tour
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 10:30 and 14:00

Meeting at Edinburgh Quay, EH3 9QG

Scotland’s canals played a defining role in the history of the Industrial Age of Great Britain and Ireland, and each has a fascinating and unique history. Join the Canal Cultural Heritage Officer from Keep Scotland Beautiful on a 2-hour guided walk to explore the social and industrial history of Edinburgh’s Union Canal, opened in 1822, as a 32 mile-long uninterrupted ‘contour canal’ from Edinburgh Quay in the heart of the capital to the Falkirk Wheel. Advance booking essential via


Edinburgh’s Global Connections on foot
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 10:30 and 14:30

From our European neighbours to far-flung corners of the world, our capital city has always looked beyond its borders for inspiration, influence and trade. Join a qualified member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association for a free 90-minute walk to explore Edinburgh’s international connections by uncovering the secrets hiding in plain sight. Booking essential via: