Dumfries & Galloway Set To Celebrate 30 Years Of ‘Doors Open Day’

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 –

  1. Devils Porridge Museum – Eastriggs
  2. Thomas Carlyle Birthplace Museum – Ecclefechan
  3. Annan Museum
  4. Dryfesdale Lodge Visitor Centre – Lockerbie
  5. Savings Bank Museum – Ruthwell
  6. Cruck Cottage – Tortherwold
  7. Caerlaverock Wetland Centre
  8. Crichton Church and Gardens – Dumfries
  9. Theatre Royal Dumfries
  10. Dumfries Historic Building Trust
  11. Robert Burns House – Dumfries
  12. Moat Brae Peter Pan House – Dumfries
  13. Robert Burns Centre – Dumfries
  14. Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura
  15. Old Bridge House Museum – Dumfries
  16. Robert Burns Ellisland Farm and Museum
  17. Dunscore Heritage Centre
  18. Penpont Heritage Centre – Sundial Cottage
  19. Dalbeattie Museum
  20. Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum
  21. Kirkpatrick Durham Parish Church
  22. Balmaclellan Parish Church
  23. Cat Strand Arts Centre – New Galloway
  24. Kells Parish Church – New Galloway
  25. St Johns Town of Dalry Parish Church
  26. Cally Gardens – Gatehouse of Fleet
  27. Mill on the Fleet – Gatehouse
  28. Kirkdale Water Powered Saw Mill
  29. Creetown Heritage Museum
  30. Gem Rock Museum- Creetown
  31. Sorbie Tower
  32. Whithorn Roundhouse
  33. The Museum Newton Stewart
  34. Port William Inshore Rescue (lifeboat Station)
  35. Mull of Galloway Experience
  36. Hallmuir Ukrainian Chapel and War Memorial
  37. 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.

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