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I had the pleasure of joining my good friend (and fellow Edinburgh Instagrammer, @edienthusiast) Ildi, on a little adventure to Glasgow to have a sneak peek at Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival. Molly, from Glasgow Doors Open Days, had been in touch with Ildi to arrange the day and I was fortunate enough to tag along! Before we go any further, here's a date for your diary, the Festival officially begins on the 10th-16th September! This year, there's a total of 115 fascinating venues taking part and Molly has done a wonderful job designing a gorgeous (and super helpful) booklet. If you can get your hands on one, I'd highly recommend it or click here to see the full programme.


Ildi started off her day in Glasgow slightly earlier than me so squeezed in 2 venues before I arrived. As soon as her blog is live I'll link it here for you. Around 11am, we both met up with Molly at Wilson St Pantry for a cuppa, then set off to explore a few venues. Keep scrolling to have a peek at a few gorgeous venues!

1. The Glasgow Art Club / Venue 13

First up, we enjoyed a leisurely stroll in the sun (thankfully, we were blessed with fairly decent weather) to the Glasgow Art Club. Founded in 1867, the Glasgow Art Club has occupied two handsome Georgian terrace houses in Bath Street since 1893. The jewel is its handsome Victorian interior is the gallery, largely designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It was rather poignant as the Mackintosh Building, which devastatingly went on fire this year, was just a few streets away.

2. Common Guild / Venue 94

Next, we wandered to the West End to explore the new addition to the Glasgow Open Doors, the Common Guild. Since we were slightly early, we explored the surrounding mews and even discovered Glasgow's Circus Lane! I've attached a photo of Ildi and the mews lane at the end of the blog.
The Common Guild is a leading visual arts organisation and gallery located in a Victorian townhouse in Glasgow's Park Circus Established in 2006 it presents a dynamic, international programme of contemporary visual art projects, exhibitions and events.

3. Trinity House / Venue 113

Ildi was massively excited about this new venue and as soon as I saw it I knew why! Built during the 1850s, Trinity House was once a training college for Scotland's Ministers. This stunning landmark building represents the power and influence once possessed by the Free Kirk. If the gorgeous green indoor atrium and Wes Anderson reminiscent decor wasn't enough, we had the opportunity to climb its tower - which boasts magnificent views over Glasgow. Unfortunately, Molly informed us that as soon as the free tickets went on sale, they sold out. But, I've included a few extra photos below so you can get a peek into this stunning property.


4. Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church / Venue 87

Last, but not least, Anderston Parsh Church is a grade B listed church, built in the Brutalist style of the 1960s when concrete was king. Its distinctive feature is its green pyramid roof which is home to the modernist sanctuary. The church is also the pop-up Festival hub for Glasgow Doors Open Day!

There are so many more venues to check out, I have my eye on the Arlington Baths Club, Glasgow City Chambers, and Holmwood House. Just wanted to thank Molly from Glasgow Doors Open Days and Ildi for arranging the day, I had such fun!


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