We visited some of the Doors Open Days venues in Edinburgh during the last weekend of September 2013. It was really hard to draw up an intinerary as there were so many interesting venues, predominantly open between 10am – 4pm.
The Royal Observatory Edinburgh
My priority was to see the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, as I’d never been there. We planned to arrive soon after the 10am opening time to find parking outside the Observatory and secure tickets for the Starlab Planetarium.
East Tower of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh
The views over Edinburgh from the rooftop of the Visitor Centre are wonderful.
View of Arthur’s Seat from the Rooftop at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh.
We then headed in the city centre. I reckoned that it was too time-consuming to visit more venues on the periphery of Edinburgh. It was easy to find free parking in the city centre on Sunday. We parked close to the Fire Museum and walked around the rest of the venues.
Museum of Fire Edinburgh
The Museum of FireÂ has a collection of fire engines from all over the UK.
Fire engine from Fraserburgh in the Museum of Fire
1901 fire engine from Tullis Russel paper mill in Fife at the Museum of Fire
Edinburgh College of Art
The Edinburgh College of Art has been located in Lauriston Place since 1906. I’ve been in the modern wing during the Degree Show. There were guided tours of the college, but we had a wander around on our own.
Â Exterior of the Edinburgh College of Art
The 1960s Boardroom at the Edinburgh College of Art
Cupola at the Edinburgh College of Art
Exhibition at the Edinburgh College of Art
B+B Edinburgh is a boutique Bed & Breakfast hotel in the fomer home of John Richtie Findlay, owner of the Scotsman newspaper.
Stained glass window at B+B Edinburgh
View towards Dean Village from B+B Edinburgh
Cloud lampshade in the foyer of B+B Edinburgh
Embellished ceiling at B+B Edinburgh
Another unusual lampshade in the Breakfast Room
All in all, we had a really interesting time on the Doors Open Days in Edinburgh. Next year I’m planning to book a hotel room in Edinburgh on the Saturday night, so I can get around more of the venues.
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