Doors Open Days 2017

Stirling’s Doors Open Days & Archaeology Month

Free events & access to Stirling’s buildings on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th and throughout September

Celebrating 23 years of Doors Open Days in Stirling 

Part of European Heritage Days

Doors Open Days, like its sister event, Archaeology Month, is a family friendly event for all ages and is completely FREE! Take this opportunity to get inside many buildings that are normally closed to the public. Or take part in some of the many events. Booklets will be delivered to all schools and will be available at all libraries and at many other locations throughout the Stirling Council area. For more information please contact or see our facebook and twitter pages.

Are you interested in eco buildings? Have you ever considered what a truly sustainable building is? Did you know that buildings built mostly from local materials in a local style, just like many of Stirling’s historic buildings, are both eco-friendly and sustainable? See inside some of Stirling’s most historic and sustainable buildings which are often closed to the public.

Visit unknown sites rich in history and attend events specially put on for Doors Open Days and Archaeology Month.

All completely for free!

Doors Open Days and Archaeology Month are family friendly and all completely free of charge for you to enjoy, no matter how old you are. 

We hope you enjoy visiting the many wonderful buildings which are opening their doors this year and all the exciting and varied events organised for Archaeology Month. Look out for the blue banners / balloons on participating buildings.

Doors Open Days and Scottish Archaeology Month (both supported by Historic Environment Scotland) are Stirling’s contribution to European Heritage Days, which take place throughout Europe each September.   

European Heritage Days have been happening annually since 1999, they were launched by the Council of Europe in1991 and are now run by the Council of Europe and the European Commission. This year people in the fifty signatory States to the European Cultural Convention will celebrate Europe’s cultural heritage.

Doors Open Days and Archaeology Month, as part of European Heritage Days highlight local skills and traditions, architecture and works of art, but the broader aim is to bring citizens together in harmony even though there are differences in cultures and languages.

For further information on European Heritage Days please go to

Doors Open Days in neighbouringAreas;

  • East Dunbartonshire – Saturday 9th September
  • Falkirk – 16th &17th September
  • North & South Lanarkshire – 16th& 17th September
  • Perth & Kinross – 16th& 17th September
  • Clackmannanshire - 23 & 24th September
  • South Lanarkshire – 30th & 1st October 

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