Mon 26 Sep 2016
Doors Open Day is a brilliant event which takes place in Scotland every year. Buildings that are closed to the public or usually charge an entry fee, open their doors for free. This year over a hundred places in Edinburgh took part over the weekend of 24th and 25th September. It’s a fantastic way to explore our city in new ways.
Lothian Buses have been taking part in Doors Open Day for a few years now, getting bigger and better each time. They open up their Central Depot on Annandale Street. Here you can see a display of new and vintage buses, find out about the history of the building and enjoy family activities.
I headed along on Saturday for some family fun with my husband and kids aged 1 and 3. My youngest is particularly into cars, buses, trains and any method of transport really. So it sounded like the perfect day out for us!
We arrived at about 13.00 when the event had been open for an hour. It was so busy with thousands of people already there, mostly families with children. Despite the big crowds we had a brilliant time. We went on a guided open top bus tour around the depot, which is much bigger than I imagined. We also went through the bus wash (on a different bus, not open top!). This was lots of fun – my three year old’s favourite bit. The queue to sit in the bus driver’s seat was a bit too long for us, but it looked like fun for the older kids. There were loads of buses to see and they were mostly open so you could get on and see the inside too. It was interesting to see how they had changed over the years.
Lothian Buses welcomed over 9000 visitors to their depot over just 4 hours on Saturday, which is a record, and I think they did an amazing job of keeping us all entertained. Thanks to them for a lovely day out.
Lothian Buses, 55 Annandale Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4AZ