When is the festival?

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival runs 11-17th September 2017. We have events happening throughout the week (including a programme of talks at lunchtimes and in the evenings at our pop-up festival hub at St. Andrew’s in the Square), though the majority of open buildings, events and children’s activities happen over the weekend Saturday 16th- Sunday 17th September.


How do I see what will be on?

The full programme of open buildings and events can be browsed via our brochure which is available online, as a downloadable pdf and as a physical printed brochure. To view our brochure online or to download, visit this page. To pick up a printed brochure see the FAQ below.

Our children’s programme is also available to view online, as a downloadable pdf and will be distributed to primary schools across Glasgow in print. To view the programme of children’s events and activities online or to download, visit this page.

The full programme of open buildings and events is also listed on the national Doors Open Days website, where you can browse through the full list of walk-in and pre-bookable open buildings and events. You can view these via a map, or as a list and you can save events that you like the look of. These listings have further details regarding disabled access to venues. Please note, due to the Glasgow festival happening over a week (unlike other Doors Open Days across Scotland which happen just over a weekend) the listed events on the Doors Open Days website cannot be searched by date.


Where can I pick up a printed brochure?

You can pick up a copy of our brochure in print from our library pick-up-points across Glasgow from 17th August. Use the map below to find your nearest pick-up-point. Our brochures will also be available from festival venues in the run-up to, and during, the festival. You can also view our brochure online.

How do I attend events- do I have to book tickets?

All of our events are free to attend. For the majority of open buildings you will be able to turn up on the day and walk in. For some buildings you are only able to gain access if you are booked onto a tour. The same goes for our walks and events, some of which you can just turn up for, and others for which you have to book in advance. Check individual listings in our brochure, or on the national Doors Open Days website to find out whether you need to book.


How do I book tickets?

The majority of ticketed events are booked via eventbrite. You can go straight to our eventbrite profile to see a list of ticketed events, which will become available to book from 10am 23rd August. These are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, and often sell out quickly. Please note, the number of tickets available to book per person is limited to allow as many different people to attend as possible.

For some events, bookings are taken directly by our participant organisers themselves. For these events, information on how to book is detailed in the brochure and on the Doors Open Days website, and varies from one event to another.


What if I don’t manage to get any tickets?

Unfortunately there are a limited number of tickets for our bookable events. With 26,000 people visiting the festival last year, and with all events being free, demand is high and sometimes you won’t manage to get tickets for the events that you’d like to. Luckily, many of the events in this year’s programme will happen again another year when you’ll have the chance to try again. Remember, many of our open buildings and events are un-ticketed so please don’t despair if you miss out this year as there is plenty else to explore!


There’s so much on, I feel a bit overwhelmed!

Do not fear! In the run up to the festival we will be releasing some ‘suggested itineraries’ where we will be asking different friends of Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival to suggest the places that they’ll be going to. If you can’t decide where to go, you’ll be able to print of one of these tailor-made routes for a hassle free day out!