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Doors Open Scotland and Open Door Wales

September 3 2011

The Scottish Civic Trust's annual Doors Open Scotland event takes place each weekend in September and includes several sports-related venues that may interest Played in Britain readers. The Civic Trust for Wales are also running a similar initiative, Open Doors Wales. Here's a round up of some places you might like to visit.

For full details on all venues see


Aberdeen Sports Village, Linksfield Road, Aberdeen

Opened in 2009 this state of the art indoor sports centre by Reiach and Hall Architects includes a full-sized indoor football pitch. Saturday September 10 10:00-16:00


Royal Tay Yacht Club, Dundee Road, West Ferry Road, Dundee

Built for Captain James Neish as Fort William House, this summer house was designed by George Matthewson in 1835 and was acquired by the Royal Tay Yacht Club in 1955 to supplement their original 1887 clubhouse located on the beach. The club was founded in 1885 as the Tay Corinthian Sailing Club. Tours throughout the day; lunches from noon, high tea from 16:00. Advance booking is advised; tel 01382 477 516. Sunday September 18 10:30-16:30


The city's Doors Open Days are to be held on September 24-25. Listings have not yet been announced. Further information can be found at

Fife - East and St. Andrews

British Golf Museum, Bruce Embankment, St. Andrews, Fife

Designed by the Hurd Rolland Partnership and opened in 1990, the museum is located just 67 yards from the famous old course and contains the largest collection of golf memorabilia in Europe. Guided tours throughout the day. Sunday September 4 14:00-17:00


Arlington Baths, Arlington Street, Glasgow

Opened in 1870, Arlington Baths, as featured in Great Lengths, is home to Britain's oldest private swimming club, who this year celebrate their 141st birthday. Guided tours of the building will be available. Saturday September 17/Sunday September 18 10:00-16:00

Buchanan Bridge Club, Clairmont Gardens, Glasgow

Category A Victorian townhouse dating from 1857. The Buchanan Bridge Club purchased the building in 1960 and is today the largest Bridge club in Glasgow, with 300 members. Guided tours of the building and taster sessions on Bridge will be on offer. Thursday September 15 19:00/Saturday September 17/Sunday September 18 10:00-16:00 (Bridge sessions at 19:15 on Thursday; 14:00 on Saturday and Sunday)

Govanhill Baths, Calder Street, Glasgow

Designed in Edwardian Baroque style by AB MacDonald and built between 1912-1917, Govanhill Baths were the only original substantially unaltered public baths in Glasgow still in use until their closure in 2001. A red sandstone building containing three top-lit swimming pools, the largest of which features a cast iron railed spectator gallery, original tiling, poolside changing cubicles, and a glazed roof. There will be guided tours and a chance to view NORD's model of proposals for the building's restoration. For more about the history of Govanhill Baths and the local community's campaign to save it, see Great Lengths and Played in Glasgow. Saturday September 17/Sunday September 18 10:00-16:00

Govanhill Baths

The big clean up starts with the pool at Govanhill Baths. (© NORD)

Hampden Park, Letherby Drive, Glasgow

Built in 1903 although heavily renovated during the 1990s by Clydesdale Associates, Entrance to the museum will be charged at normal rates. Pre-booking essential; tel: 0141 221 6061. Saturday September 17/Sunday September 18 (various times)

Partick Curling Clubhouse, Balshagray Avenue, Glasgow

Single-storey Category A brick building (as featured in Played in Glasgow) dating from 1900 and built to provide private accommodation for club members and their curling equipment, adjacent to the outdoor curling rink. The club's archives, curling equipment and curling pond will be available to view. (Entrance via the maintenance area, Victoria Park.) Saturday September 17/Sunday September 18 10:00-16:00


Inverclyde Waterfront Leisure Complex, Customhouse Way, Greenock

Tours of this striking leisure complex, designed by Faulkner Browns and opened in 1996. See how the ice rink is kept frozen and the swimming pool is heated. Saturday September 10/Sunday September 11 09:00-17:00

Royal Gourock Yacht Club, Ashton, Gourock

This Arts and Craft-style yachting clubhouse was designed by Stewart, Tough and Alexander and opened in 1903. Club members will be available to act as guides and there will be displays of memorabilia in the panelled bar area. Saturday September 10/Sunday September 11 12:00-16:00

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs

Buchanan Castle Golf Club, Drymen, Glasgow

Located on the Buchanan Castle estate, the ground on which the golf course is laid out was once used by the Graham family, Dukes of Montrose, as a race track and training gallops. The clubhouse was built on the site of the ancient Buchanan House, which was burned down in 1852 and the current clubhouse, dating from 1936, incorporates some of the surviving walls. Saturday September 17/Sunday September 18 14:00-16:30

North Lanarkshire

Finish Timing Tower, Strathclyde Country Park, Hamilton Road, Motherwell

Constructed in 1985 by John Payne for the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games and located at Strathclyde Loch Watersports Centre, the Finish Tower is the control centre for the timing of rowing regattas at Strathclyde Park. Saturday September 10 10:00-17:00


Ralston Community Sports Centre and Football Ground, Penilee Road, Paisley

Dating from c1930 the Art Deco pavilion in the style of Thomas Tait has recently been refurbished into a community sports centre but retains several original features, including balconies and reception foyer. Saturday September 10 09:00-17:00

Renfrew Xscape, Braehead, Glasgow

Opened in 2006, Renfrew Xscape includes a 200m long ski slope, rock climbing and adventure golf. Behind the scenes guided tours will be available. Saturday September 10 tours 12:00/13:00/14:00/15:00 - meet at Central Mall Atrium

South Lanarkshire

Chatelherault Hunting Lodge, Chatelherault Country Park, Carlisle Road, Hamilton

Built in the 1730s by William Adam, Chatelherault comprises four main pavilion buildings with linking walls. The western pavilion features fine Georgian plasterwork and woodcarvings. These rooms were used for entertaining hunting parties. The structure was fully restored from ruin in the 1980s and now operates as the centrepiece of Chatelherault Country Park. Saturday September 10/Sunday September 11 10:00-17:00

Strathaven Airfield, Letham Road, Strathaven

Founded by the Scottish Flying Club in the early 1950s, the airfield was at one stage given to the RAF Benevolent Fund but was has recently returned to the ownership of the Scottish Flying Club and is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment, with the club determined to retain the traditional grass runway flying club atmosphere. Flying clubs based at the airfield over the years have included the West of Scotland Flying Club, Glasgow and Strathclyde University Gliding Club, the Rutherglen Flying Group and the Strathclyde Gliding Club. Pre-booking required, via the club's website. Saturday September 10/Sunday September 11 tours: 10:00/12:00/14:00/15:30

Open Doors Wales

For full details on all venues see


The Caernarfon Institute, Pavilion Hill, Caernarfon

Tours of the rooms, which occupy the former public baths but are now home to Caernarfon Royal Town Council. September 5/12/19/26 (all Mondays) tours: 10:00-12:00/12:00-14:00


The Cockpit, New Street, Welshpool

Redbrick octagonal cockpit dating from the late 18th Century. This two-storey building is the only Welsh cockpit still in its original location. Friday September 23 10:00-16:00


The cockpit in Welshpool which in its heyday could hold around 150 spectators. (© John Ball)

Rhondda Cynon Taff

Ynysangharad Park Lido, Bridge Street, Pontypridd

Built in 1923 this Grade II listed lido was designed in Arts and Crafts style and is one of the earliest and best preserved lidos left in South Wales. The Lido closed in 1990. Saturday September 10 13:00 meet at park gates on Bridge Street


The LC (Swansea Leisure Centre), Oystermouth Road, Swansea

Guided tours of the building, rebuilt in 2008 into a 21st century waterpark. Saturday September 10/Sunday September 11 10:00/12:00/14:00/16:00

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