Opening a door to history

Doors Open Day at Dalkeith Fire Station last year
Doors Open Day at Dalkeith Fire Station last year

The annual Midlothian Doors Open Day takes place on Saturday with stately homes, churches and civic buildings all taking part.

For one day a year, buildings, which are not normally open to the public – or which charge for entry – open their doors free of charge.

Historic buildings welcoming visitors include Arniston House, Gorebridge; Prestonhall, Pathhead; Penicuik House; and Dalkeith House and Dalkeith Country Estate.

There will be tours of Cousland, a chance to view Lodge Rosslyn St Clair No606 in Roslin, the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Roslin Institute at Easter Bush, Vogrie House, the Wildlife Information Centre at Vogrie Country Park, and the Scottish Mining Museum.

Churches throwing their doors open this weekend include Lasswade Church, Crichton Collegiate Church, Soutra Aisle, St Matthew’s RC Church and Rosewell Parish Church, both Rosewell, Glencorse Kirk, and St Nicholas Buccleuch Parish Church and St Mary’s Episcopal Church, both Dalkeith.

The public can visit Penicuik Community Development Trust’s premises at Bridge Street, Penicuik, the walled garden on the Penicuik Estate, and exhibition in Penicuik Town Hall.

Dalkeith Heritage Regeneration will host an exhibition of work in the town centre at the Corn Exchange.

For full details of participating properties and opening times go to