Doors Open Day events are set to return to Renfrewshire this year, after being moved online in 2020.

Renfrewshire Council has confirmed it is inviting people to register venues for the heritage festival on Saturday, September 4, and Sunday, September 5, so they can welcome visitors in person.

The national event, led by the Scottish Civic Trust, gives people free access to historic and cultural venues so they can find out more about hidden gems in their area.

There will be a mixture of online and physical events this year, with the latter dependent on Scottish Government guidance around coronavirus at the time.

In years gone by, venues such as the John Neilson Institution, in Paisley, Castle Semple, in Lochwinnoch, and Renfrew’s Victory Baths have welcomed visitors.

A council spokesman said: “We are currently working with buildings and attractions across Renfrewshire on the ways they can take part in this year’s Doors Open Days, either open for visitors or through online participation.

“Venues that would like to participate in Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Days can contact our events team at

“All activity will be subject to Scottish Government guidance around coronavirus restrictions.”

No buildings were physically open to visitors last year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, but 184,000 virtual visitors from across the world were able to enjoy online tours and activities in Scotland’s first fully-digital Doors Open Day programme.

It is hoped the combination of physical and online events this time around will draw more people than ever before.

Alongside contacting the council events team, venues can be registered online for Doors Open Days.

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