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Doors Open Day 2013 Glasgow

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16 Sep 2013

Doors Open Days Glasgow 2013

The Key to the City is Yours – Glasgow’s Doors are Officially Opened!

The Key to the City is Ours:
GSA building entry photo
photo from GBPT

16th September – Lord Provost helped to launch Glasgow Doors Open Day and officially opened the door to Glasgow City Chambers. Along with Glasgow Building Preservation Trust (the coordinators of Glasgow’s event) & Scottish Civic Trust (national coordinators) Glasgow’s doors were opened and the key to the city has been passed to the visitors. Lord Provost was photographed with the key to Glasgow and unlocked the doors city wide.

Lord Provost with the key to Glasgow ; Lord Provost with GBPT & SCT ; Lord Provost Welcomes the City in:
GSA building entry photo GSA building entry photo GSA building entry photo
photo from GBPT

After the addition of a last minute Golden Ticket prize there are 3 competitions all with equally large incentives.

Flights to Barcelona

Visitors can win 2 return flights from Glasgow to Barcelona with simply by entering a photograph taken during Glasgow Doors Open Day into the Inspired by Mackintosh Competition. Working with Glasgow Mackintosh and Glasgow Airport the winning photographs will be displayed as part of the Creative Mackintosh Festival in October and will be taken to Glasgow Airport following this. There are a host of other exciting prizes (including cash awards, lunch, afternoon tea and even Mackintosh prints).

Great Dormouse Scavenger Hunt
There are loads of things to do during Doors Open Day that will help keep the kids entertained (from Glasgow Street Games at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to face-painting and arts and crafts at Govanhill Baths, to readdressing the skyline at The Lighthouse, to knowing your knots at The Tall Ship, to stories at The Concrete Garden and many more (to easily find the children’s activities visitors can use the search function on A little added extra is the Great Dormouse Scavenger Hunt. When visitors find one of the cheeky dormice sleeping in a Doors Open Day building they can send GBPT a picture of themselves and the dormouse (either via twitter or email) and they will be entered into our prize draw for a family ticket (up to 6) to any event in 2013 at The Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre, including events during Magi Pup festival.

Golden Tickets
And finally the Glasgow Central Station Golden Tickets! there is evidence to show these are in just as much demand as the original Willy Wonka tickets; with over 5,000 unique page views of the Central Station Page over the past few weeks – these golden tickets will make 9 lucky people’s year. Fortunately GBPT & Scottish Civic Trust are not asking anyone to buy chocolate, simply answer the question: How many panes of Glass does Central Station roof have?, to be in with a chance to be taken on a journey exploring the enchanting underground tunnels, the unseen station and even gain access to the glass roof. For more information on how to get a golden ticket see: and click competitions.

Walking routes
Following the success of last years walking routes, there are 3 downloadable walking routes online encompassing a number of different buildings. This takes the stress out of Doors Open Day and provides a walking route to follow. Walking routes are found here and cover Govan, St Enoch and Gartnavel. A huge thank you goes to Walk Glasgow for creating and testing these routes.

Doors Open Days 2013 Glasgow : further information incl links + images

82 of the 100 buildings do not require you to pre-book before visiting. Some of the highlights this year will include:

Glasgow Green Hockey Centre
Glasgow Gurdwara
Glasgow Women’s Library
Henry Wood Hall, RSNO Centre
Rokpa House – Kagyu Samye Dzong Glasgow
Kelvingrove Park Tennis & Bowls Pavilion
Madrasa Taleem ul Islam
The Olympia
Pollokshaws West Railway Station
Tollcross International Swimming Centre
The Pipe Factory
White House Inn
The Glad Cafe
Queen’s Park Railway Station
Fairfield Shipyard Offices
Glasgow House, Construction Skills Academy & Carehome ‘Pods’
Glasgow Sheriff Court
Maggie’s Gartnavel
The Merchants House of Glasgow
Wise Group Head Office, formerly Our Lady and St Francis’s Secondary School
Quaker Meeting House
Cowcaddens Fire Station
The Whisky Bond – Glasgow Sculpture Studios
Applecross Street Workshops
Girlguiding Glasgow Headquarters
McLellan Galleries
Easterhouse Community Fire Station

Lord Provost gives a tour ; Lord Provost at the Doors to the City Chambers:
GSA building entry photo GSA building entry photo
photo from GBPT

There’s many walks & tours taking place with most fully booked although still some places and some that you do not need to book for (Route 75, Special City Centre Sightseeing Bus Tour and Historic Guided Tour of Dennistoun). The best way to find those with spaces, is to go to the Booking Page of the website.

Doors Open Days 2013 : news from 26 Sep 2013

There are also a number of talks & special events all raising awareness and celebrating Glasgow’s architecture, many of these are taking place from Tuesday 17th September:

Glasgow’s Built Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities
Arms and the City – Heraldry in Glasgow Buildings
Seven Lochs Wetlands Park
Starting Blocks & Building Blocks: The Architecture of Sport & Leisure
Story of Glasgow in Four Chapters
Tall Ship’s Eco-friendly Heating System
Inspiring the Hidden Gardens
History of Gallowgate Pubs
SEDA PARK(ing) Glasgow

Pay a Pound
Glasgow Doors Open Day is a completely free event, charging no entrance to any member of the public. Visitors are encouraged to donate and support the buildings where possible and if they would like to support the central organisation of it they can donate even just a pound to GBPT.

Anne McChlery, Director, Glasgow Building Preservation Trust has said:
“Interest so far has been huge with over 19,000 unique visits to our website since the programme launched at the start of August. We have such a great variety of participants this year and are really looking forward to seeing everyone venture out over the weekend and explore Glasgow. We are so proud to be the organisers of Glasgow’s event and are delighted to be handing the key to the city over to the public!”

John Pelan, Director, Scottish Civic Trust has said:
“Congratulations to the team at Glasgow Building Preservation Trust for another excellent Glasgow Doors Open Day. This year’s programme celebrates the buildings, places and spaces that make Glasgow so unique and offers lots to see and do for people of all ages. It is bigger and better than ever and is one of the highlights of the national Doors Open Days festival which happens all over Scotland in September.”

Lord Provost has said:
“Doors Open Day is a great day out for all the family. It’s a chance to tour buildings you wouldn’t usually get access to. There are more than 100 fascinating buildings across the city and beyond to view. It is also free. So make sure you seize the opportunity and follow the example of the 23,779 people last year who explored the city’s heritage during this very special weekend.”

Doors Open Days 2013 Buildings – list : external link

Glasgow Walking Tours – run by Glasgow Architecture

Doors Open Days Glasgow

Doors Open Days Glasgow

Organiser: Glasgow Building Preservation Trust

Address: Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, Room 16 Wellpark Enterprise Centre, 120 Sydney Street, Glasgow, G31 1JF

Tel: 0141 554 4411

Email: [email protected]


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