Young Persons Visit Guide to Edinburgh for 29th & 30th September

Doors Open Days YAP (Young Advisory Panel) are working to create programme guides for their peers as visitors to Doors Open Days weekends.  Thanks to funding from Heritage Lottery Fund they have been able to do some research visits and carry out planning during Doors Open Days 2018.  This will enable them to come together to ensure the festival is accessible to a broader and younger audience when they produce their more comprehensive guides for 2019.

Thank you to Lucy and Melinda from our YAP (Young Advisory Panel) for taking a trip to Edinburgh and scouting out interesting venues for young people to visit.  Here you can read their research and see a recommended itinerary for a day trip this coming weekend.

Old College Quad

Recently re-emerged onto the streetscape after years under scaffolding, Old College is definitely worth visiting this Doors Open Days. Beside the architectural beauty, visitors will have the chance to explore the Playfair Library and the calm tranquillity of the courtyard whilst admiring the ‘Golden Boy’ statue on top of the dome.


Talbot Rice Gallery

After finishing admiring Old College, visitors in the area can easily pop into the Talbot Rice Gallery, accessed from one corner of the courtyard. The gallery is offering guided tours of the final week of its current exhibition by Lucy Skaer, ‘The Green Man’. Whilst enjoying the art, the gallery spaces themselves are also worthy of admiration – ranging from a blank space that puts the artwork in the foreground, to a Georgian decorative hall that gives the works a unique setting.


Scottish Storytelling Centre / John Knox House

This nearly 600-year-old building has played an important role in Scottish History over the years. the house of John Knox, Scottish Reformer, it is now the home of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, and the exhibition is open for free this weekend to all visitors. With the money saved from your free entry, you can go to see the Musical Comedy Improv group, Men with Coconuts and Friends in the evening!


Register House

A building with a big presence on the street but perhaps rarely visited, especially by young people, Register House is the centre of studying Scottish History, but also boasts the Adam Dome, inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. A particular hidden gem of this site is the Archivist’s Garden, hidden from view on Princes Street. As you would expect from an Archivist’s garden, each plant is significant in Scottish folklore and history, and arranged to reflect the randomness of memory.


Greyfriars’ Kirk

During Doors Open weekend, you will have the chance to visit this popular tourist attraction with a new perspective. Greyfriars’ Kirk is offering a Harry Potter themed trail around the Kirkyard, ensuring you won’t miss any of the names that inspired J. K. Rowling’s writing.

Inside the Kirk, a painting of Greyfriars’ Bobby will be on display and you can also admire the beautiful organ and stained glass windows.


Youth Advisory Panel Special Recommendations:

We would also recommend visiting these unusual sites, which are typically closed to the public but open this weekend!

4. Royal Observatory Edinburgh
6. Barnton Quarry Rotor Bunker
21. Edinburgh Printmakers
25. Ratho Byres Forge
29. Bridgend Farmhouse
59. Glashouses at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital
66. Museum Collection Centre
79. Advocates Library
86. Sheriff Court
101. Ramp House
110. Anatomical Museum
131. Drumsheugh Bath Club
143. Flag Heritage Centre

(numbers referring to the number of each building in the Guide)