Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

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11th-17th September, 2017

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Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival promotes and celebrates Glasgow’s rich architecture and built heritage. The week long programme highlights the city’s wonderful buildings, throwing open the doors to the public. You can also enjoy: walks, talks, tours, exhibitions and a children’s programme.

The Festival attracts around 26,000 visitors with more 100 open buildings across the city.

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How to book

Some highlights – although so much to choose from:

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Arlington Baths Club

Arlington Baths Club, 61 Arlington Street, G3 6DT

1871, Original John Burnett; 1875 first extension; 1893, 2nd & 3rd extension, Andrew Myles; 1902, 4th extension Benjamin Conner (Cat A)

Arlington Baths Club built in 1870 is the oldest private club of its kind in Europe. A fine example of Victorian architecture the main facade is well proportioned and gives an effect of modest Classicism.

Tours: Sat/Sun 9.30am–4.00pm; 30mins. Meeting Point: Members lounge

The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis are once again delighted to be involved with Doors Open 2017 and will be undertaking friendly, informative tours of the magnificent Glasgow Necropolis.

Tours lasting approximately two hours.

Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

1st Floor, 117 Trongate  G1 5HD

Thomas Gildard & Robert H.M. McFarlane, 1857

Category A Listed

One of the rarest auditoriums in the world, this is a chance to view the recently restored historic stage where Stan Laurel and Jack Buchanan made their debut, and Cary Grant danced around in his tights.

Built as a Music Hall in 1857, The Britannia Panopticon stands testament to the working classes who Glasgow who built the city to what it is today, and showcased the bawdiest, sauciest acts of the day. It was also home to the enigmatic A.E. Pickard, one of the worlds last great showmen, who transformed the building into a cinematograph, basement zoo and curiosity museum, rooftop carnival, waxworks, and freakshow. The original stage has now been uncovered and restored thanks to a successful community project, and is available to view.

Mon 11 – Friday 15, (12 p.m. – 4 p.m.)  Saturday 16 and Sunday 17, September, 2017 (11 – 5 p.m.)

Glasgow Central Mosque

Glasgow Central Mosque, 1 Mosque Avenue, G5 9TA

Glasgow Central Mosque is the first purpose-built mosque in Scotland. It is Scotland’s largest mosque.

Visited weekly 5,000 times by Muslims mainly to pray or gain knowledge, and a large number of non-Muslims visit regularly to learn about Islam.

Open: Sat–Sun 11am–5pm. Tours: 11.30am,< 12.30pm, 14.30pm, 15.30pm, 16.30pm; 30 mins.

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The Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art, Reid building, 164 Renfrew Street, G3 6RF

Steven Holl Architects & JM Architects, 2014

Discover GSA’s unique collection of original Charles Rennie Mackintosh furniture on a guided tour. Visit the School’s recently completed Reid building to view exhibitions on the ground floor, browse the visitor centre and join a tour.

Sat–Sun. Mackintosh at the GSA

Tours: 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm. Mackintosh’s Glasgow

Walking Tours: 1.30pm.

Meeting Point: 164 Renfrew Street.

Booking essential via
or call 0141 353 4526.

Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Restoration Project Discussion 11 Sept

Greyfriars Garden

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Greyfriars Garden, Shutte Street, G1 1QA

ERZ Architects, 2012.

An urban garden space harking back to medieval Glasgow. Enjoy the variety of vegetables and flower that grow in the 42 small raised beds and lose yourself in the wildflower meadow.

Wed–Fri 11am–2.30pm.
Sat–Sun 10am–5pm.

Glasgow Women’s Library

Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP

JamesRhind; Collective Architecture 1906 (refurbished 2015), 

Beautiful Category B listed Carnegie Library home to the unique Glasgow Women’s Library since 2013. Find out about this library, archive and its year round events dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements.

Mon–Wed, Fri 9.30am–5pm,
Thurs 9.30am–7.30pm, Sat & Sun12pm–4pm,
Tours: Daily

Govanhill Baths

Glasgow Doors Open Days: Govanhill Baths, 16 September, 2017

Maryhill Burgh Halls


Duncan McNaughton 1878, (Original)

Visit the Victorian halls of the historic burgh of Maryhill. The unique stained glass windows by artist Stephen Adam tell the story of Maryhill’s industrial and social past.

Sat 16 /Sun 17 September, 2017  11am–3pm. Tours: 11am, 2pm; 60mins. Meeting Point: Ground Floor Reception

Bookings: call 0141 946 5149 or email

More about the Halls

Flourish House

Flourish House, 23-25 Ashley Street, G3 6DR

1924, Eric Alexander Sutherland (Cat B)

Striking category B listed building still retains its austere and imposing appearance. Now the heart of a vibrant mental health clubhouse, join us as we open our doors to public to celebrate 20 years of Flourish House.

Sat–Sun 10am–4pm. Tours: Tues, Thurs 11.30am, 2pm; 30mins.

Meeting point: Café space
Booking essential: 0141 333 0099,

Timorous Beasties Printroom and Showroom

Timorous Beasties Printroom and Showroom, 7 Craigend Place, G13 2UN

An exclusive behind the scenes tour round the Timorous Beasties hand printing studio plus a guided  walk round the new trade only showroom.

Sat 16 –Sun 17 September, 2017 10am–4pm

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Holmwood House

New Interpretations: Contemporary Art in Heritage is a new strand of the festival which seeks to offer alternative interpretations of our buildings and their histories, through contemporary art. The selected emerging artists will be exhibiting new work, made in response to Pollok House and Holmwood House, in the buildings during festival week

Mon 11 Sep-Sun 17 Sep, 12 pm-5pm

61-63 Netherlee Road, G44 3YU

Artist Joanne Dawson presents a new work created for Holmwood House

Pollok House

Mon 11 Sep-Fri 15 Sep, 10am-4pm (free access is restricted to servant’s quarters only)

Sat 16 Sep – Sun 17 Sep 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Pollok House, 2060 Pollokshaws Rd, G43 1AT

Artist Nima Séne presents a new work created for Pollok House


Kelvin Hall

Kelvin Hall, 1445 Argyle Street, G3 8AW

Built 1927 and reopened after refurbishment in August 2016

Kelvin Hall is a partnership building which hosts fantastic Glasgow Club facilities alongside the Hunteria Collections Study Centre, and study collection Glasgow Museums stores and rhe Moving Image Archive at National Library of Scotland Access Centre. Find out more about the Hunterian at Kelvin Hall with a behind the scenes collections store tour or drop in Sat 16th for object handling.

Mon – Sun 10am-5pm, Building Tours. Tues & Thurs 11am, Fri 1.30pm, Sat 11am & 1.30pm, Sun 1.30pm. Meeting Point: Reception Area. Hunterian Collections

Tours Sat 16th 12pm; 1pm; 2pm; 3pm; 30mins; bookable on the day from outside the Hunterian Collections Study Centre on Level 1 from 11.45am, limited places first come first served.

Object Handling Sat 12-4pm Booking essential: 0141 276 1450

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