Doors Open Days returns to Glasgow and with it comes the chance to see your city from a whole different viewpoint
The annual Doors Open Days festival is running across Glasgow from September 12-18, with a number of buildings opening to visitors to tell their story, raise awareness of their cause and offer an insider’s perspective of your hometown.
Many iconic institutions are getting behind this access-all-areas event in a big way – here are ten that are well worth your time exploring.
Arlington Baths Club
Famously known as the oldest surviving Victorian bath house in the world. There have been a number of changes to this classic building since it was established in 1870, but there are still aspects of the Baths Club which remain virtually untouched and are little glimpse of Glasgow history.
The Burrell Collection
If you’re yet to experience the Burrell Collection, then this may be your last chance for a while. The art museum (featuring works all collected solely by Sir William Burrell) is set to close for refurbishment, and this Doors Open event is a good opportunity to say a goodbye for now.
One of the city’s most recognisable theatre spaces is giving you the chance to get behind the curtain and see what it’s like to be on stage. The tour also includes the chance to hear about the Citizens’s history, dating back to 1878, and possibly their infamous ghost stories.
A chance to explore a real hidden gem, the Garnethill Synagogue was the first of its kind in Scotland and is a sight to behold, from its listed features to its stained glass windows. The building also contains the Scottish Jewish archives, which tell the story of Jewish people in Scotland.
Glasgow Central Station
Think you know all there is to know about Central Station from your daily commute? Think again. The station is offering a tour of its hidden aspects, usually off-limits to the public. From Victorian tunnels to darkened basements, it’s bound to brighten up your next train station delay.
Cowcaddens Fire Station
Flash the sirens and get sliding down the pole. Cowcaddens Fire Station will be giving tours of their facilities and showing the inner workings of an emergency service which responds to calls across the city centre.
Glasgow City Chambers
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The rumour goes that the City Chambers is kitted out with more marble than the Vatican itself. Whether that’s true or not, it’s still a hugely impressive building to gawp at, and these open sessions mean you can take in some of the grandest features of the building, constructed in 1883.
Kelvingrove Bandstand & Ampitheatre
Having played host to a number of high profile summer gigs, the fully refurbished bandstand is now open to visitors who wish to learn more about its history and the project to restore it to its former glory.
The Back Garden
One for any green-fingered Glaswegians out there. This urban garden space is maintained and run by members of the public, who will be on hand to talk about growing vegetables, fruit and getting involved in gardening. There’s even talk of a live cooking demonstration, too.
Pollokshaws Burgh Hall
A chance to explore the gloomy Gothic interior of the Pollokshaws public halls and even take a rare venture up the clock tower and learn about the building’s fascinating history.
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