The doors of Britain’s historic monuments and buildings, including many that are normally closed to the public, are set to be flung open in September. As England’s biggest heritage festival, Heritage Open Days will see thousands of stately homes, historic properties and archives welcome you through their doors between 13-22 September.
To celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary this year, a special programme of themed events will focus on ‘People Power’ – looking into both modern and historic communities, groups and individuals that have been drivers of positive change. More than 5,000 free events are expected to take place, providing you with a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the buildings and the people that run them.
Open House London
The ten day event coincides with Open House London, an architecture festival over the weekend of 21-22 September which seeks to showcase the benefits of great design by giving you free access to many of London’s best buildings.
Last year more than 800 buildings, walks, talks and tours were part of Open House London, with those events visited by more than a quarter of a million people. Among the buildings to open their doors were historic houses and monuments, places of worship, private clubs, train stations, government buildings, town halls and even tunnels!
The programme for this year will be unveiled on 20 August, although UK Parliament has already confirmed you’ll be able to access Portcullis House – the newest building on the parliamentary estate – on 21 September.
Events to look out for
Heritage Open Days has already confirmed plenty for this year, including a community harvest at the National Trust’s Brockhampton orchard and a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the Prince Philip Maritime Collection housed at Royal Museums Greenwich. Here are just some of the thousands of events you should look out for.
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