Thousands get into buildings for Doors Open Day all over Renfrewshire Thousands get into buildings for Doors Open Day all over Renfrewshire
Thousands of people from Renfrewshire and beyond took the opportunity to get a sneak peek inside some of the area’s most interesting buildings at... Thousands get into buildings for Doors Open Day all over Renfrewshire

Thousands of people from Renfrewshire and beyond took the opportunity to get a sneak peek inside some of the area’s most interesting buildings at the weekend.

More than 12,000 people are estimated to have taken part in Doors Open Day over Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 September.

A tannery, two sports centres, and an ambulance station were some of the more unusual venues opening their doors this year in a programme that saw more than 50 venues taking part.

Langs Tannery in Paisley, Erskine Sports Centre, the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley, and Paisley Ambulance Station were all part of the programme in Renfrewshire.

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry exhibition on ‘The Scots Abroad’ also opened to the public on in Anchor Mill in Paisley and will continue until Monday 22 September.

Doors Open Day gives people free access to buildings or historic sites which aren’t always open to the general public. The event is supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Department of Development Services and Housing and is part of the European Heritage Days programme.

The programme again featured the popular Renfrewshire Children’s Passport which this year had a Diabolical Diaries theme. Youngsters who got their passport stamped at five participating venues received a certificate and free gift at Paisley Museum.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “I’m delighted that so many people have once again turned out to show their appreciation for Renfrewshire’s buildings old and new. I’m also thrilled that the Renfrewshire Children’s Passport once again proved popular with younger visitors.

“Over the weekend we saw visitors getting a look behind the scenes at all sorts of buildings from churches and libraries to fire stations and sport centres.

“The wide range of venues taking part this year really reflects the diversity of Renfrewshire’s past and present and offered visitors a broad picture of what our area has to offer.”

Doors Open Day is supported by Renfrewshire Council, European Heritage Days, Historic Scotland, the Council of Europe, and the Scottish Civic Trust.