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Doors Open Scotland and Open Doors Wales 2013

September 3 2013

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 Doors Open Scotland venues see


Aberdeen Sports Village, Linksfield Road AB24 5RU

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

Saturday 14 10:00-16:00


Royal Tay Yacht Club, Fort William House, 96 Dundee Road, Broughty Ferry DD5 1LX

A chance to visit the former summer house of Captain James Neish designed by George Matthewson in 1835 and acquired by the Royal Tay Yacht Club in 1955 to supplement their original 1887 clubhouse located on the beach.

Sunday 15 12:00-16:30


Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, South Platt Hill, Newbridge EH28 8AA

Built against the stunning backdrop of a sheer quarry rock face, this is Europe's largest climbing arena, designed by architect David Taylor and climbers Duncan McCallum and Rab Anderson.

Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 10:00-16:00

Meadows Croquet Club, Leven Terrace EH3 9LW

Croquet has been played in Scotland since the late 19th century and The Meadows Croquet Club is the home of the National Croquet Centre. Visitors will be able to watch games in progress and have a go themselves.

Saturday 28 14:00-16:00


Athletes’ Village, Springfield Road, Dalmarnock G40 3ET

An opportunity to visit the Athletes’ Village designed by RMJM which will be completed in January 2014 before being handed over to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.

Pre-booked tours only through Glasgow Doors Open.
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 tours 11:30 14:30

Glasgow Green Hockey Centre, 28 Kings Drive, Glasgow G40 1HB

One of the facilities built for the Commonwealth Games consisting of two synthetic hockey pitches with a 500 seat stand designed by William Graham.

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 10:00-16:00

The futuristic Glasgow Green Hockey Centre.

The futuristic Glasgow Green Hockey Centre (©

Govanhill Baths, Calder Street G42 7RA

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. 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 21 and Sunday 22 10:00-16:00

Hampden Park, Letherby Drive G42 9BA

Built in 1903 although heavily renovated during the 1990s by Clydesdale Associates, Pre-booking essential for guided tours through Glasgow Doors Open. Entrance to the museum will be charged at normal rates.

Saturday 21 tours 10:15, 11:15
Sunday 22 tours 11:15, 12:15, 13:15, 14:15, 15:15

Kelvingrove Park Tennis & Bowls Pavilion, Kelvin Way G3 6BY

A chance to visit the newly refurbished 1922 pavilion in one of the city’s oldest public parks situated in the West End of the city.

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 10:00-16:00

Tollcross International Swimming Centre, 360 Wellshot Road G32 7QR

Re-opened in May 2013 after an extensive refurbishment programme, featuring a new six lane 50 metre warm up pool and a new 1000 seat viewing gallery alongside the existing competition pool in readiness for next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Saturday 21 tours 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00

Fife – East & St Andrews

Abdie Curling Hut, Lindores KY14 6HX

Built in the early 1860s at the north west end of Lindores Loch this is a very rare and charming example of its type. Original artefacts will be on display, including club books dating back to 1831.

Sunday 8 11:00-17:00


Royal Gourock Yacht Club, Ashton PA19 1DA

This Arts and Craft-style yachting clubhouse was designed by Stewart, Tough and Alexander and opened in 1903. There will be displays of memorabilia in the panelled bar area where spectacular views of the Clyde can be enjoyed.

Saturday 14 12:30-19:00 and Sunday 15 12:30-19:00

Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club, Esplanade, Greenock PA16 7SE

The club was founded in 1866 by the owners of houses on the Esplanade who built the clubhouse. In 1885 the club was granted the Royal Charter after providing a boat used to row Queen Victoria.

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 14:30-17:30

North Lanarkshire

Finish Timing Tower, Strathclyde Country Park, Hamilton Road, Motherwel ML1 3ED

Built in 1985 for the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, the Finish Tower is the control centre for the timing of rowing regattas at Strathclyde Park. Enjoy great views across the park and find out how the finishing cameras work.

Pre-book only 01698 402060.
Saturday 7 10:30-16:00


Erskine Community Sports Centre, Kilpatrick Drive, Erskine PA8 7AF

Opened in 2002 with a four court sports hall, gym, studio and function suite overlooking the Clyde. Local sports clubs will be running a variety of activities to try out.

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 10:00-13:00

Lagoon Leisure Centre, Christie Street, Paisley PA1 1NB

This recently refurbished leisure centre offers a free form and a teaching pool, a gym, six court sports hall and a new spa.

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 10:00-13:00

ON-X (Linwood Sport & Community Centre), Brediland Road, Linwood PA3 3RA

A brand new, distinctive sports centre designed by CRE8 Architecture including a 25 metre pool, leisure pool, gym, eight court sports hall and athletics track.

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 10:00-13:00

Renfrew Leisure Centre, Paisley Road PA4 8LD

Opened in 2004 this popular sports centre offers a wide programme of sport and leisure opportunities to suit every age and ability.

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 10:00-13:00

St Mirren Football Club, Greenhill Road, Paisley PA3 1RU

First established in 1877, St Mirren FC opens the doors of its five year old stadium, offering the opportunity to see the players’ dressing rooms, the board room and to experience the players’ tunnel.

Sunday 15 12:00-15:00

Victory Baths, Inchinna Road, Renfrew PA4 8ND

Dating from 1921, retaining original Edwardian features such as changing cubicles around the pool and a viewing gallery, not to mention a resident ghost. Read more about the history of the baths in Great Lengths.

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 10:00-13:00

The Edwardian splendour of Renfrew’s Victory Baths.

The Edwardian splendour of Renfrew’s Victory Baths (© Renfrewshire Leisure)

South Lanarkshire

Chatelherault Hunting Lodge, Chatelherault Country Park, Carlisle Road, Hamilton ML3 7UE

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.

Sunday September 8 10:00-16:00

Open Doors Wales

For full details on all venues see


Royal Welsh Yacht Club, Porth-yr-Aur, Caernarfon LL55 1SN

Porth-yr-Aur is the western gatehouse of the town of Caernarfon, built in 1285. In the late 18th century it housed a battery of seven cannons against possible invasion by Napoleon’s forces and today is probably the oldest building owned by a yacht club in the world. Guided tours and a chance to try rowing the club’s Celtic longboat on the waters of the Menai Strait.

Saturday 21 11:00


The Cockpit, New Street, Welshpool SW21 7SF

An 18th century cockpit, now part of the outbuildings of the Castle Hotel, which was used for cockfighting until the sport was banned in 1849.

Saturday 14 10:30-15:00

Rhondda Cynon Taff

Historic Pontypridd Guided Walk, from Pontypridd Museum, The Old Bridge CF37 3PE

A circular walk taking in some of Pontypridd’s most notable architectural features, including Ynysangharad Park’s 1920s Grade II listed lido, which is being restored with a view to re-opening in 2015.

Saturday 21 11:00

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