What does ‘heritage’ mean to you? From a walk back stage at The Theatre Royal in Dumfries,Scotlands oldest working theatre, or a Ghostly Tour of the Crichton Church Crypt to Battle Re-enactments at Sorbie Tower, Doors Open Days in Dumfries and Galloway on the 7th and 8th September has much to offer!
Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival celebrating heritage and the built environment, offering free access to over a thousand venues across the country in September, each year.
Doors Open Days has sadly been much diminished in our region in recent years. However, the Dumfries and Galloway Museums and Heritage Network took over in 2018 and this year 37 D&G venues are taking part over the weekend of 7th and 8th September.
D&G Doors Open Days weekend is 7th and 8th September.
The Venues are –
- Devils Porridge Museum – Eastriggs
- Thomas Carlyle Birthplace Museum – Ecclefechan
- Annan Museum
- Dryfesdale Lodge Visitor Centre – Lockerbie
- Savings Bank Museum – Ruthwell
- Cruck Cottage – Tortherwold
- Caerlaverock Wetland Centre
- Crichton Church and Gardens – Dumfries
- Theatre Royal Dumfries
- Dumfries Historic Building Trust
- Robert Burns House – Dumfries
- Moat Brae Peter Pan House – Dumfries
- Robert Burns Centre – Dumfries
- Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura
- Old Bridge House Museum – Dumfries
- Robert Burns Ellisland Farm and Museum
- Dunscore Heritage Centre
- Penpont Heritage Centre – Sundial Cottage
- Dalbeattie Museum
- Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum
- Kirkpatrick Durham Parish Church
- Balmaclellan Parish Church
- Cat Strand Arts Centre – New Galloway
- Kells Parish Church – New Galloway
- St Johns Town of Dalry Parish Church
- Cally Gardens – Gatehouse of Fleet
- Mill on the Fleet – Gatehouse
- Kirkdale Water Powered Saw Mill
- Creetown Heritage Museum
- Gem Rock Museum- Creetown
- Sorbie Tower
- Whithorn Roundhouse
- The Museum Newton Stewart
- Port William Inshore Rescue (lifeboat Station)
- Mull of Galloway Experience
- Hallmuir Ukrainian Chapel and War Memorial
- Kirkmaiden Old Church near Drummore
You can find full information about all the venues by clicking HERE
The aim of Doors Open Days is to ensure that Scotland’s built heritage is made accessible to residents and visitors on weekends in September. It is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days alongside Scottish Archaeology Month.
In Dumfries and Galloway Doors Open Days are coordinated by the
Dumfries and Galloway Museums and Heritage Network.
If you would like more information, please contact the DOD D&G co-ordinator, Mick MacLeod, via the national website www.doorsopendays.org.uk.