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Heritage Open Days logoFREE visits to 5,500+ hidden property gemsHeritage sites open Thu-Sun. Eng only. No vch needed

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You can get FREE access to many sites and tourist attractions in England between Thu 7 Sep and Sun 10 Sep as part of Heritage Open Days - an annual event now in its 23nd year. The venues included usually charge an admission fee or are closed to the public. 

How to find those open near you

See the full list of heritage sites open for free. Opening dates and times vary for each venue, and you may need to book in advance for some - all the details are on the website.

There are only a small number in London, but a separate event called Open House London is running on Sat 16 Sep and Sun 17 Sep, where you can get in free under similar rules.

Examples of free places that usually charge:

Examples of places rarely open:

Don't live in England?

Other events in the UK are Doors Open Days in Scotland, Open Doors Days in Wales (both throughout September) and European Heritage Days in Northern Ireland (Sat 9 & Sun 10 Sep).

More info

Why do they do this?

The spirit of Heritage Open Days is to celebrate England’s hidden history and culture. However, a small number of privately-owned properties taking part get funding or have tax-exempt collections, which means they must allow public access for certain number of days a year. But most of them just open up for the joy of it!

Heritage Open Days logoFREE peek in 5,000+ hidden property gemsHeritage sites open Thu-Sun. Eng only. No vch needed

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You can get FREE access to many sites and tourist attractions in England between Thu 8 Sep and Sun 11 Sep as part of Heritage Open Days - an annual event now in its 22nd year. The venues included usually charge an admission fee or are closed to the public. 

How to find those open near you

See the full list of heritage sites open for free. Opening dates and times vary for each venue, and you may need to book in advance for some - all the details are on the website.

There are only a small number in London, but a separate event called Open House London is running on Sat 17 Sep and Sun 18 Sep.

Examples of free places that usually charge:

Examples of places rarely open:

  • Cadland Gardens, Southampton. The smallest surviving pleasure garden created by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (Fri only). 
  • The Electric Railway Museum, Coventry. See the largest collection of preserved electric trains in the UK, plus Victoria line signaling centre (Sat & Sun only).
  • Norman Cross Prison Depot, Cambridgeshire. Look around this Napoleonic war prison used between 1797-1814 which housed up to 7,000 French prisoners (Sat and Sun only).
  • Sevington Victorian School, Wiltshire. Take a peek at what schools looked like 150 years ago (Sat and Sun only). 
  • St Bees Head fog horn station, Cumbria. Open to the public for the first time, enjoy views over the Irish Sea (Fri-Sun).

Don't live in England?

Other events in the UK are Doors Open Days in Scotland, Open Doors Days in Wales (both throughout September) and European Heritage Days in Northern Ireland (Sat 10 & Sun 11 Sep).

More info

Why do they do this?

The spirit of Heritage Open Days is to celebrate England’s hidden history and culture. However, a small number of privately-owned properties taking part get funding or have tax-exempt collections, which means they must allow public access for certain number of days a year. But most of them just open up for the joy of it!

Heritage Open Days logoFREE peek in 4,700 hidden property gemsHeritage sites open Thu 10 - Sun 13 Sep. No voucher needed

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You can get FREE access to many sites and tourist attractions in England between Thu 10 Sep and Sun 13 Sep as part of Heritage Open Days - an annual event now in its 21st year. The venues included usually charge an admission fee or are closed to the public. 

How to find those open near you

See the full list of heritage sites open for free. Opening dates and times vary for each venue, and you may need to book in advance for some - all the details are on the website.

There are only a small number in London, but a separate event called Open House London is running on Sat 19 Sep and Sun 20 Sep.

Five free places that usually charge:

Five places rarely open:

  • Cells at Gateshead Old Town Hall, Tyne and Wear. East Street Art members are installing artwork in the Victorian cells. (Fri and Sat only).
  • Lion Salt Works, Cheshire. One of the last open-pan salt works in Cheshire, and one of only four in the world (Sat only). 
  • Avonmouth & Royal Portbury Docks, Bristol. See behind the scenes on a guided coach tour of Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Docks (Sat only).
  • Norman Cross Prison Depot, Cambridgeshire. Look around this Napoleonic war prison used between 1797-1814 which housed up to 7,000 French prisoners (Sat and Sun only).
  • Sevington Victorian School, Wiltshire. Take a peek at what schools looked like 150 years ago (Sat and Sun only). 

Don't live in England?

Other events in the UK are Doors Open Days in Scotland, Open Doors Days in Wales and European Heritage Days in Northern Ireland.

More info

Why do they do this?

The spirit of Heritage Open Days is to celebrate England’s hidden history and culture. However, a small number of privately-owned properties taking part get funding or have tax-exempt collections, which means they must allow public access for certain number of days a year. But most of them just open up for the joy of it!

Also check out Open House London.

Heritage Open Days logoFREE peek in 4,500 hidden property gemsHeritage sites open Thu 11 - Sun 14 Sep. Eng only. No vch needed

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Between Thu 11 - Sun 14 Sep, you can get FREE access to many sites and tourist attractions in England as part of Heritage Open Days - an annual event in its 20th year.  The venues included usually charge an admission fee or are closed to the public.

How to find those open near you

See the full list of heritage sites open for free. Opening dates and times vary for each venue, and you may need to book in advance for some - all the details are on the website.

There are only a small number in London, but a separate event called Open House London is running Sat 20- Sun 21 Sep.

Five free places that usually charge

Five places normally closed that are open

  • Nenthead Mines, Cumbria. England’s highest and largest lead mining complex, parts of which are 350 years old (Sat and Sun only).
  • Slipper Baths at Bristol South Swimming Pool, Bristol. You can't take a dip in the baths, but you can take a look at this 1930s public bathing facility that closed in the 1960s (Sat only). 
  • Cadland House Gardens, Hampshire. The gardens were designed circa 1775 and boast views across the solent to the Isle of Wight (Fri and Sat only).
  • Norman Cross Prison Depot, Cambridgeshire. Look around this Napoleonic war prison used between 1797-1814 which housed up to 7,000 French prisoners (Sat and Sun only).
  • Sevington Victorian School, Wiltshire. Take a peek at what schools looked like 150 years ago (Sat and Sun only). 
More info

Why do they do this?

The spirit of Heritage Open Days is to celebrate England’s hidden history and culture. However, a small number of privately-owned properties taking part get funding or have tax-exempt collections, which means they must allow public access for certain number of days a year. But most of them just open up for the joy of it!

Heritage Open Days logoFREE peek in 4,500 hidden property gemsHeritage Open Day sites open from Thu 12 - Sun 15 Sep

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Free day in 4,500 hidden historic sites
This is a one-off opportunity to grab.  From Thu 12 - Sun 15 Sep ONLY, you can get free access to many usually-closed sites in England and other tourist attractions that usually charge. Here are some top picks:

Five places for free that usually charge


Five places normally closed that are open

  • Nenthead Mines, Cumbria – Mine how you go (sorry) at England’s highest and largest lead mining complex, parts of which are 350 years old.
  • Ossett Old Police Cells – This old police station is now a youth club, but you can still see old pictures and artefacts from days past.
  • Bristol South Slipper Baths - You can't take a dip, but you can take a look at this 1930s public bathing facility that closed in the 1960s.
  • Joyce’s Clocks building, Shropshire - An opportunity to poke around the 1904 premises and to see a display of photographs relating to Joyce's clocks and examples of clock mechanisms.
  • Eagle House school tour, Berkshire - A free tour covering the history of the main house, the Boston air crash in 1944 and even a cuppa and a biscuit.


How to find those open near you
See the full list of heritage sites open for free this weekend. With some, you may need to book in advance. This Heritage Open Days event doesn't cover sites in London – these are covered by a similar event the following weekend, Open House London (we'll tell you more about this next week)

Why do they do this?
The spirit of Heritage Open Days is to celebrate England’s hidden architecture and culture. However, some privately-owned properties taking part get funding or have tax-exempt collections, which means they must allow public access for certain number of days a year. Others just open up for the joy of it!

More info
Opening dates and times vary for each venue, and you may need to book in advance for some venues, so check before you go on the Heritage Open Days website.
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