Heritage Open Days offers free entry to a wide range of attractions around the UK giving you an opportunity to discover local treasures and national gems. The festival runs for ten consecutive days from the 8th to the 17th of September 2023.
What is Heritage Open Days
Each September thousands of volunteers across the country organise events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.
In 2023 The Heritage Open Days festival will run for ten consecutive days from Friday 8th to Sunday 17th of September. Each year the festival has grown and further developed.
Where Can we Visit for Free?
Choose from historic houses, castles and gardens across the UK. There is a wide selection of attractions around the country opening their doors for free. Pre-book to guarantee your place.
Visit the Heritage Open Days Official Website to see what’s on offer in your area. Take the opportunity to gain free entry to thousands of historic attractions.
Family Attractions in North East England
Gisborough Priory and Woodland Garden
NYMR Carriage Stable Tours
NYMR Signalling Challenge
NYMR Just the Ticket Station Trail
NYMR MPD Walking Tour
Central Tramway Company
Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens
The Bowes Museum
Gibside National Trust
Victoria Tunnel Taster Tours
Stephenson Steam Railway – Train Trip!
North East Land, Sea and Air Museum
Ryhope Engines Museum
Segedunum Roman Fort
Tyne Tunnel Tours
With a dynamic programme of over 5,000 attractions and events, Heritage Open Days is England’s largest annual festival of history and culture. The festival includes a number of attractions that normally charge an entrance fee, allowing festival visitors free entry, making it a great opportunity to experience somewhere new.
- Festival Spotlights
- Top Ten Events for Families
- Unlocked: 10 Sites That Aren’t Normally Open
- 10 Excellent Engineering Events
- Film & TV Locations
Celebrate England’s History
40,000 volunteers across England organise over 5,000 events every September to celebrate our fantastic history, architecture and culture. This gives everyone an opportunity to try out new experiences and see hidden places. For ten consecutive days, all of these attractions are free to explore. Attractions include locations, properties and much more that are not normally open to the public. You can join a tour, event or simply gain free access to a normally paid-for attraction.
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Discover More about Heritage Open Days
Visit the Heritage Open Days Official Website to see what’s on offer in your area.
Festival of History and Culture
Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. Heritage Open Days will bring together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. This annual event runs for ten days in September. Attractions across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences all for FREE.
Plan Your Visit
We recommend that you do some research prior to visiting your chosen attraction. Some of the attractions require pre-booking. Search the website to view a list of available attractions in your local area. Check out the attractions opening dates and times as some are limited. Visit the Heritage Open Days Official Website to see what’s on offer in your area.