Heritage Open Days

Between 10–19 September 2021, the Heritage Open Days festival returns with a packed programme of events and activities. The 2021 theme, ‘Edible England’, celebrates England’s culinary customs. Discover free in-person and virtual events at some of the places we care for, plus other events hosted by local organisations.

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​

What is Heritage Open Days?

Heritage Open Days started in 1994, and has grown into a vibrant celebration of local histories and cultures, with over 5,700 events attracting 2.4 million visitors in 2019 across England.

The festival is now in its 27th year, thanks to the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery and more than 50,000 volunteers. We’ve helped to co-ordinate this national festival since 2011, and it's an important part of how we celebrate the incredible history, heritage and culture not just of the places we care for, but of places and communities across the country.

This year’s festival sees the return of in-person events, with additional online events running across the country. Throughout the festival you can explore a wealth of hidden places and stories right on your doorstep, or from the comfort of your own home.

What’s on offer?

The theme for Heritage Open Days 2021 is ‘Edible England’, and many places taking part will be revealing culinary tastes of the past, exploring the customs and quirks that have developed around what we eat and drink, or delving into the fascinating history of some of our regional and national specialties.

At places we care for you might discover heritage varieties of fruit and veg growing in historic gardens, or get to try traditional local treats in the café. There’ll also be plenty more to explore, from fascinating collections of art and objects to blooming beautiful gardens and walks through wild landscapes.

Do I need to book?

To ensure events remain safe, many of the in-person Heritage Open Days events this year require pre-booking. Details on how to book for individual events can be found on the Heritage Open Days website.