Doors Open Day across Lanarkshire

Heritage sites across Lanarkshire are throwing open their doors this weekend for Doors Open Day 2013. For two days only, members of the public can get special access to a number of exclusive sites, including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

On Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September, visitors can take the chance to explore buildings which are not normally open to the public. The event covers the whole of Lanarkshire, from Cumbernauld and Kilsyth in the north, to Biggar and Leadhills in the south. To help choose from the vast selection on offer over the weekend, VisitLanarkshire has chosen four of the best sites to visit:

Colzium Estate, Kilsyth
Sunday 8 Sept, 10.30am-4pm
With a mansion house, walled garden and ruined castle, there is lots to discover at Colzium Estate. Originally built in 1783, visitors can see around Colzium House, combining elements of Scottish vernacular and the more modern Renaissance styles. Guests are invited to take a tour of the beautifully maintained walled gardens before they close for the winter months from October to April. Full tours around Colzium Estate and Banton Loch are also available.

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 Sept, 10am-5pm
Based around the site of the nineteenth century Summerlee Ironworks, visitors are invited to take advantage of special behind-the-scenes tours of this Museum of Scottish Industrial Life. With many attractions for all the family, Summerlee has Scotland's only operational heritage tramway, a recreated mine, miners' cottages and a playpark to keep the little ones entertained. Booking for tours at is advised.

Chatelherault Hunting Lodge
Sunday 8 Sept, 10am-4pm
Built in the 1730s by William Adam as a feature of Hamilton Estates, Chatelherault Hunting Lodge comprises four main pavilion buildings with linking walls. With fine Georgian plasterwork and woodcarvings, visitors can see the western pavilion as used by the Duke and Duchess for entertaining hunting parties. In Chatelherault Country Park, visitors can ramble through 10 miles of gorge walks along the River Avon and through ancient woodland. A wide range of wildlife can often be seen, including roe deer, badgers, otters and kingfishers.

New Lanark and Falls of Clyde
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 Sept, 12pm-4pm (New Lanark)
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 Sept, 10am-4pm (Falls of Clyde)
Set in the dramatic landscape of the Clyde Valley and one of only five UNESCO World Heritage sites in Scotland, New Lanark Mill is a model industrial community created by Robert Owen in 1800s and is still a living community today. Visitors are invited to see around the site including The Counting House, The Village Hall and The Museum Stair, as well as the Falls of Clyde located within New Lanark. Complimentary activities for children are available.

The events form part of the Scotland Doors Open Day programme taking place throughout September. Lanarkshire’s Doors Open Day is organised in partnership with North and South Lanarkshire Councils and the Scottish Civic Trust.

For more information about North and South Lanarkshire Doors Open Day contact:

Rosaleen Toal
North Lanarkshire Council
01236 632630

Victoria Eccles
South Lanarkshire Council
01698 453982