Posted Thursday September 05, 2019 by Melissa Reilly

On 7th and 8th September, Lanark buildings will take part in the national Doors Open Days 2019 weekend.

Historic buildings at Castlebank Horticultural Centre, New Lanark World Heritage Site and the Tolbooth Lanark will be open to the public.

The Tolbooth will be open 10am-4pm both days, showcasing its current exhibition ‘Fabulous Fungi Dyes’, and telling visitors about the fascinating history of the historic building’s site, which has been occupied since 1400.

New Lanark World Heritage Site will be offering “Lost Buildings” tours, free entry to a Double Row tenement and a sneak preview of the new photography exhibition “Snapshots of a Lost World – The Decline of Scottish Industry”.

At Castlebank Horticultural Centre, visitors will have the chance to explore the growing compound, see the new rooms available for hire, meet the Educational Gardener and hear about all of the activities and volunteer opportunities at Castlebank Park. There will also be Nature Activity Sheets for Kids, free copies of the new ‘Castlebank Park Wildflower and Tree Guide’, Plant Sales, Tea & Coffee and a fundraising tombola. Each day a free ‘Wonderful World of Wildflowers Workshop’ will run at 1pm. This is part of the centre’s Grow Wild project and each participant will receive a free packet of wildflower seeds to take home and plant. On Saturday 7th September, the centre’s popular ‘Grow your own fruit and veg’ workshop will run at 2.30pm. This workshop costs £5 per person and is expected to sell out, so advance booking is required by calling 01555 728 329 or emailing

Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment.  It offers free access to over a thousand venues across the country throughout September, every year.

The aim of Doors Open Days is to ensure that Scotland’s built heritage, new and old, is made accessible to people living and visiting the country on weekends in September.

It is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days alongside Scottish Archaeology Month, coordinated by Archaeology Scotland (formerly known as the Council for Scottish Archaeology).  Both are supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

The full list of buildings open on 7th & 8th September as part of South Lanarkshire’s Doors Open Weekend is available here.

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