Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days England's biggest heritage festival returns from the 13th to 22nd September 2019. See hidden places and try out new experiences - all for FREE!
Heritage Open Days runs in partnership with the National Trust and with generous support from players of People's Postcode Lottery. It is organised by a huge network of people who share a passion for places, history and culture. Locally, over 2000 organisations and some 46,000 volunteers organise thousands of site openings and events, jointly attracting over 1 million visitors. They make Heritage Open Days England’s biggest voluntary cultural event.

In 1991 the Council of Europe and the European Commission set up European Heritage Days to raise appreciation for Europe’s rich and diverse cultural assets and their need for care and protection. The central principle was as simple as it was compelling: to throw open the doors to historic monuments and buildings, in particular those normally closed to the public. Established in 1994, Heritage Open Days is England's contribution to this larger event. Expanding and diversifying from 701 events at its launch to over 5,000 today! Heritage Open Days continues to flourish with more events every year, reflecting the rich and diverse cultural heritage of England and its communities.

Mission: Our mission is simple - To celebrate England’s fantastic history and culture by offering free access, every September, to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. From castles to city halls, follies to factories, tunnels to tower tops, police cells to private homes, workshops to woodland walks, the variety of places and ways to discover them are endless. Heritage Open Days shows how all our stories have shaped the England that we know today.

This September why not pop along to an unexpected jewel on the edge of Exmoor - Arlington Court! An intriguing Regency h...
09/07/2019

This September why not pop along to an unexpected jewel on the edge of Exmoor - Arlington Court! An intriguing Regency house and impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles, set in a picturesque garden and surrounded by beautiful countryside...what's not to love?!

Find out more HERE: http://ow.ly/3L0630p3vS0

Fancy a taste of paradise? Want to feel the bubbles? Have a break, have a...Heritage Open days chocolate bar? Our little...
07/07/2019

Fancy a taste of paradise? Want to feel the bubbles? Have a break, have a...Heritage Open days chocolate bar?

Our little way of celebrating #WorldChocolateDay...ingredients include: a twist of history, a dash of fancy buildings and a dollop of people power!

After years of civil war and unrest, Charles I was executed in front of thousands. Join historian Rebecca Rideal in Winc...
06/07/2019

After years of civil war and unrest, Charles I was executed in front of thousands. Join historian Rebecca Rideal in Winchester for a journey through Charles' regicide and one of the most important moments in British history!

An event not to be missed - tickets go live on the 7th August! Find out MORE here: http://ow.ly/Oz0v30p3vRZ

Registered a #DareToDream workshop or planning to do so?Sarah Corbett from Craftivist Collective is holding three traini...
05/07/2019

Registered a #DareToDream workshop or planning to do so?

Sarah Corbett from Craftivist Collective is holding three training sessions, giving you a deeper insight into the art of ‘gentle protest’, as well as all the practical skills you need to run a great event!

Find out more and book your place HERE: http://ow.ly/Mm1z50uSBtv

MYTHOMANIA is a new solo exhibition by the incredibly talented Ian Kirkpatrick, who also creates many of our Heritage Op...
04/07/2019

MYTHOMANIA is a new solo exhibition by the incredibly talented Ian Kirkpatrick, who also creates many of our Heritage Open Days designs!

Opening this Saturday at 2021 Visual Arts in #Scunthorpe – find out more HERE: http://ow.ly/3DJs50uSAbH

170 guests, 25 stunning photographs, a forest of plants and one amazing venue – the perfect ingredients for a great pa...
03/07/2019

170 guests, 25 stunning photographs, a forest of plants and one amazing venue – the perfect ingredients for a great party. Our 25th anniversary kicked off in style…here’s what happened: http://ow.ly/GNWf50uSzho

Lovely Heritage Open Days organisers - get your hands on FREE marketing materials by applying via our Organiser Area NOW...
01/07/2019

Lovely Heritage Open Days organisers - get your hands on FREE marketing materials by applying via our Organiser Area NOW!

And *NEW* for 2019...check out our fold-up kids activity castles 🏰

It's the last day of #PrideMonth - but that doesn't mean the celebrations have to end!Here are some #LGBTQ events you ca...
30/06/2019

It's the last day of #PrideMonth - but that doesn't mean the celebrations have to end!

Here are some #LGBTQ events you can look forward to this Heritage Open Days: http://ow.ly/iyLY50uP3WJ

If it wasn't for engineering we wouldn't have windmills...without windmills we wouldn't have flourand without flour we w...
29/06/2019

If it wasn't for engineering we wouldn't have windmills...

without windmills we wouldn't have flour

and without flour we wouldn't have scones

Think about that for a sec...

and now read about these 10 excellent engineering events happening this Heritage Open Days - http://ow.ly/AsKu50uP4Ul

Dig your way closer to nature with the Lincolnshire Wildlife trust this September and celebrate the county's rich botani...
28/06/2019

Dig your way closer to nature with the Lincolnshire Wildlife trust this September and celebrate the county's rich botanical heritage! Packed with activities such as learning old gardening techniques, talks on plant lore and discovering modern day uses of specimens, this event will be sure to inspire your green fingers! http://ow.ly/Opwf30oYP52

Whack out those sunnies and get outside for #InternationalSunglassesDay! Why not head down to Tattershall Castle in Linc...
27/06/2019

Whack out those sunnies and get outside for #InternationalSunglassesDay! Why not head down to Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire (Also open for FREE this Heritage Open Days) to soak up some sunshine or simply look like a diva wearing shades in the rain - we are in Britain after all...

Fancy going behind the scenes? Check out Hebden Bridge Picture house this Heritage Open Days for a private tour with the...
26/06/2019

Fancy going behind the scenes? Check out Hebden Bridge Picture house this Heritage Open Days for a private tour with the lights on for once. Go backstage and take a peek at the orchestra pit and projection box to see where the magic begins! http://ow.ly/pd1w30oYP51

Step back in time this September with Extraordinary Woman, Vera Brittain. Author of Testament of Youth and a nurse durin...
25/06/2019

Step back in time this September with Extraordinary Woman, Vera Brittain. Author of Testament of Youth and a nurse during the summer of 1915, she'll help you discover what it was like to care for wounded WWI soldiers at Buxton's Devonshire Dome. Find out more HERE: http://ow.ly/b2ZW30oYP50

Want to become a Craftivist?We’ve got 25 #DareToDream workshop packs to give away for FREE, containing everything you ...
24/06/2019

Want to become a Craftivist?

We’ve got 25 #DareToDream workshop packs to give away for FREE, containing everything you need to run your own Craftivism event!

Get in quick, register now to be eligible for a pack! More HERE: http://ow.ly/7IHc50uLpfY

As the 200-year anniversary of the Peterloo Massacres approaches, Manchester Histories will be hosting OVER 150 events u...
23/06/2019

As the 200-year anniversary of the Peterloo Massacres approaches, Manchester Histories will be hosting OVER 150 events until 18th Aug to commemorate this significant moment in achieving universal suffrage.

With exhibitions, screenings, talks, workshops and performances all across the city, you'll have plenty to choose from. Discover what's happening HERE: http://ow.ly/1yfY30oYP4Z

Love a bit of DIY? Well get hands on at Granary Creative Arts Centre this September. Learn about stone carving, green wo...
22/06/2019

Love a bit of DIY? Well get hands on at Granary Creative Arts Centre this September. Learn about stone carving, green wood working and other crafts. Meet expert tutors, see the tools of the trade and have a go at activities yourself! Find out more HERE: http://ow.ly/s6Lz30oYP4Y

We’re super excited to be working with award-winning activist and founder of Craftivist Collective, Sarah Corbett, on ...
21/06/2019

We’re super excited to be working with award-winning activist and founder of Craftivist Collective, Sarah Corbett, on our new project, #DareToDream!

***Big News*** coming this Monday, but catch up on the project so far HERE: http://ow.ly/hJvk50uIXKz

#ThisIsPeoplePower

Wow - what an evening last night was!!! We celebrated 25 years of Heritage Open Days at the stunning Two Temple Place in...
20/06/2019

Wow - what an evening last night was!!! We celebrated 25 years of Heritage Open Days at the stunning Two Temple Place in central London! Thanks to the many friends and colleagues who attended and have supported the festival over all these years.

Special thanks go to all our speakers, Morden Hall Park for providing us with beautiful greenery, Albury Vineyard for the fantastic fizz, and Craftivist Collective for helping us Dare to Dream!

Here's to the next 25 years! 🥂

Here's an event for all you beer lovers...this September take a tour around some of Sheffield's most historic pubs with ...
15/06/2019

Here's an event for all you beer lovers...this September take a tour around some of Sheffield's most historic pubs with expert guide, Dave Pickersgill! Book your place NOW: http://ow.ly/2cuX50uE7UG

#BeerDayBritain

Tired of grey concrete and black tarmac? Step into a lush green oasis this Heritage Open Days at Maldon's very own Georg...
14/06/2019

Tired of grey concrete and black tarmac? Step into a lush green oasis this Heritage Open Days at Maldon's very own Georgian secret jungle, The Friary Walled Garden! Guaranteed to surprise all who encounter it for the first time, find out how you can discover this 18th century marvel HERE: http://ow.ly/WhP530oTwuv

Prepare your needle, its national sewing machine day! In honour of a machine that revolutionised the textile industry wh...
13/06/2019

Prepare your needle, its national sewing machine day! In honour of a machine that revolutionised the textile industry why not add this Heritage Open Days event to your diary - hands-on, crafty activities at the Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft!

Discover the perfect FREE family fun day out HERE: http://ow.ly/OF0j30oTwut

Sshh don't tell anyone! You're invited to a special screening this September with Winchester's secret underground film s...
12/06/2019

Sshh don't tell anyone!

You're invited to a special screening this September with Winchester's secret underground film society. Join them for a FREE film and an opportunity to learn more about what they do! Find out more HERE: http://ow.ly/FJYX30oTwus

The Industrial Revolution changed our world forever, but what would your life have been like? Discover how your social s...
11/06/2019

The Industrial Revolution changed our world forever, but what would your life have been like? Discover how your social status would have shaped what you did during the 19th century at Quarry Bank Mill this September, through the stories of those who lived and worked there! Step back in time HERE: http://ow.ly/pxlv30oTwur

#ThisIsPeoplePower

Would you have been a Cavalier or a Roundhead? Travel back in time to the English Civil War this September! Newark Museu...
10/06/2019

Would you have been a Cavalier or a Roundhead? Travel back in time to the English Civil War this September! Newark Museum are putting on a special guided walking tour highlighting Newark Castle's role during this turbulent part of English history. More HERE: http://ow.ly/NaF930oTwuq

Spanning 27 London boroughs, more than 200 usually private gardens have unlocked their gates for Open Garden Squares Wee...
09/06/2019

Spanning 27 London boroughs, more than 200 usually private gardens have unlocked their gates for Open Garden Squares Weekend! Today is your last chance to poke around and enjoy the sunshine in rooftop, kitchen or secret gardens - so what are you waiting for? Go go go! More HERE: http://ow.ly/a4TU30oTwup

Celebrate World Oceans Day by putting a date in the diary to join the Colourful Coast Partnership this September. They'l...
08/06/2019

Celebrate World Oceans Day by putting a date in the diary to join the Colourful Coast Partnership this September. They'll guide you on a stunning coastal walk from the Haig Museum to the usually closed St Bees Head Fog Signal Station. More details HERE: http://ow.ly/8cdp30oTwuo

Norwich Central Library burned to the ground 25 years ago. This Heritage Open Days, discover how local people came toget...
07/06/2019

Norwich Central Library burned to the ground 25 years ago. This Heritage Open Days, discover how local people came together to rebuild its resources, with the community at its heart, to create The Forum! #ThisIsPeoplePower

More HERE: http://ow.ly/gwHR50uxdoQ

Historical items can’t tell their story without the work of the wonderful people who help to conserve and restore them...
06/06/2019

Historical items can’t tell their story without the work of the wonderful people who help to conserve and restore them! See them in action this September, at the University of Lincoln’s Conservation Department, who are offering a FREE hands-on experience! More HERE: http://ow.ly/Vnul50uxbD5

Do you have an amazing place, story or activity? Do you want to share this with your local community? Register with us t...
05/06/2019

Do you have an amazing place, story or activity? Do you want to share this with your local community?

Register with us today and your event will appear on our live event directory for the wonderful Great British public to peruse.

Take part HERE: http://ow.ly/rqhj50uws0t

It’s Volunteers Week! Did you know over 23 million people volunteer in their communities across the UK? Of these, 45,0...
04/06/2019

It’s Volunteers Week! Did you know over 23 million people volunteer in their communities across the UK?

Of these, 45,000+ help make Heritage Open Days possible each year - thank you all from the bottom of our pink bunting wrapped heart!

3…2…1…AND WE’RE OFF!!! Our online directory goes live TOMORROW! Discover over 1,800 amazing events registered (s...
02/06/2019

3…2…1…AND WE’RE OFF!!! Our online directory goes live TOMORROW! Discover over 1,800 amazing events registered (so far!) for Heritage Open Days 2019.

Watch THIS space: http://ow.ly/6EcJ50uuLk5

Get ready to enter the TIME MACHINE! This weekend, we're putting on a 2-day pilot event in Rochdale in collaboration wit...
30/05/2019

Get ready to enter the TIME MACHINE! This weekend, we're putting on a 2-day pilot event in Rochdale in collaboration with Thinkingplace. Take a trip through time and celebrate people's history with free fun activities and entertainment. More details HERE: http://ow.ly/kQrt30oOOVw

It's International Biscuit Day! Whilst we consider ourselves experts on tea, biscuits are a whole other ball game! Which...
29/05/2019

It's International Biscuit Day! Whilst we consider ourselves experts on tea, biscuits are a whole other ball game! Which of these do you consider the best tea dunker?

#InternationalBiscuitDay

Release your children to the wild! Get them up and out into nature for National Children's Gardening Week. Whether it's ...
28/05/2019

Release your children to the wild! Get them up and out into nature for National Children's Gardening Week. Whether it's plucking some weeds at school or planting some beautiful flowers at home, check out events near you HERE: http://ow.ly/Ekdc30oOOVt

Need some Monday motivation? The Gribbin Daymark near Fowey will once again be free to explore this September, offering ...
27/05/2019

Need some Monday motivation? The Gribbin Daymark near Fowey will once again be free to explore this September, offering fantastic views out to sea. More details coming this June, but for now just look at these lovely images and imagine you weren't stuck in the office!

Experience a hidden history within the walls of Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, and join them this Heritage Open Days fo...
26/05/2019

Experience a hidden history within the walls of Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, and join them this Heritage Open Days for their LGBT+ 'Taboo Tour' of the workhouse. Focusing on LGBT+ connections within the workhouse, you'll explore past attitudes, stories and objects relating to sexuality and gender. More details coming this June... 🏳️‍🌈

#EnglishWineWeek kicks off today! WINE-not head down to your local vineyard and sample some of the best that England has...
25/05/2019

#EnglishWineWeek kicks off today! WINE-not head down to your local vineyard and sample some of the best that England has to offer. With 577 domestic producers, including the fantastic Albury Organic Vineyard in Surrey (pictured) you'll be spoiled for choice! Find out MORE here: http://ow.ly/SKgp30oOOVr

Did you know it took 400,000 people to enable 12 men to walk on the Moon? Marking 50 years since the event, this Septemb...
24/05/2019

Did you know it took 400,000 people to enable 12 men to walk on the Moon?

Marking 50 years since the event, this September Festive Road in Milton Keynes will give you the chance to operate a giant orrery (model of the solar system) and marvel at their homemade moon buggy! More details coming this June... #ThisIsPeoplePower

What weird things do you have in your office? We're based at the National Trust London Office, which is basically a mode...
23/05/2019

What weird things do you have in your office? We're based at the National Trust London Office, which is basically a modern day Cabinet of Curiosities.

We have a collection of 17th century paintings, photos of all the National Trust’s director generals, a stunning capriccio painting of 72 National Trust buildings, and even a bust of Prince Charles...oh and us of course!

Whether you’re a current child of darkness or your heavy eyeliner days are far behind you, we can all celebrate #World...
22/05/2019

Whether you’re a current child of darkness or your heavy eyeliner days are far behind you, we can all celebrate #WorldGothDay by appreciating the incredible gothic buildings that are open for FREE this September!

What's your favourite piece of Gothic architecture?

Do the kids just not stop asking questions? Does the new guy at work just have too much energy for a Tuesday? Is your mu...
21/05/2019

Do the kids just not stop asking questions? Does the new guy at work just have too much energy for a Tuesday? Is your mum quizzing you on when you’re finally going to move out?

#WorldMeditationDay is a great reminder to take time to relax and where better to do this than in these lovely National Trust gardens: http://ow.ly/nth730oL8K7

Tonight, BBC1 airs 'Gentleman Jack' - a new series highlighting the extraordinary life of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, H...
19/05/2019

Tonight, BBC1 airs 'Gentleman Jack' - a new series highlighting the extraordinary life of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, Halifax.

A prolific diarist, her many coded volumes (totalling five million words!) weren’t deciphered until 1988. This revealed intimate details of her relations with women, leading to Anne being dubbed as the ‘first modern lesbian’.

Live out your wildest Ben Stiller fantasies on the last day of the Museums at Night festival! Head down to the Cromer Mu...
18/05/2019

Live out your wildest Ben Stiller fantasies on the last day of the Museums at Night festival! Head down to the Cromer Museum TONIGHT to discover the beasts that roamed the Norfolk coast millions of years ago. Your mini-monsters can even get their face painted as their favourite creature. MORE: http://ow.ly/fkEh30oHfKP #MuseumsAtNight

Ever wanted to get as close to the mummification process as you could without actually being embalmed? Well head down to...
17/05/2019

Ever wanted to get as close to the mummification process as you could without actually being embalmed? Well head down to the Liverpool World Museum TONIGHT to discover the ancient Egyptian rituals of life and death. With an interactive voyage through the stars, it promises to be a trip back in time that you won’t soon forget… MORE HERE: http://ow.ly/csFm30oHfKN #MuseumsAtNight

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