Edinburgh’s hidden gems and how to see them – Angus Robertson

The Covid pandemic has made us all embrace imaginative ways to keep in touch with friends, relatives and the real world. With so much understandably impacted with closures and restrictions, it has totally changed the way we experience our environment.

By Angus Robertson
Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 12:30 pm
Visitors to the museum at St Cecilia's Hall can chart the history of the keyboard.
Visitors to the museum at St Cecilia's Hall can chart the history of the keyboard.

Last weekend the traditional Open Doors Days in Edinburgh and East Lothian went online to let people see various historic and interesting sites in our home region. The good news is that you can still have a look. It is a quick and easy way to see places you may have often passed but never been in.

The range of locations is broad and varied from the old to the contemporary, from the centre of Edinburgh to the rest of the city and Lothians.

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As a former Old Town tour guide, I loved the unusual places I’ve never been to: the architectural practice built on the old city wall, the restored Riddle’s Court off the Lawnmarket, Scotland’s oldest concert hall, St Cecilia’s Hall and the European Room in the City Chambers.

There is so much to see, all of it online at the click of button. Congratulations to the conservation organisation the Cockburn Association for curating the virtual open day and Edinburgh City Council for supporting the project. If you’ve got some spare time check it all out via www.cockburnassociation.org.uk

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