Heritage Open Days 2017

Heritage Open Days 2017

This year, from 7-10 September, Heritage Open Days is back to shine a light on England’s fascinating historic places. This annual festival celebrates our diverse history, architecture and culture, offering you the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences all for free.

Please note not all Trust sites are involved, and the days and times vary.

Each year Heritage Open Days focuses on different themes and aspects of history; in 2017, fifty years since the partial de-criminalisation of homosexuality, we bring LGBTQ heritage to the fore.

‘Unsung Stories’ is a new project, made possible by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, which explores  four diverse aspects of LGBTQ history, including the life and death of Alan Turing, and a cache of love-letters sent in the First World War between two male soldiers.

2017 also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of Conservation Areas in the UK, and many events will be celebrating these unique, history-rich quarters of our towns, villages and cities.  Finally, we will be joining our European Heritage Days partners, in exploring the place of history in the natural world.

Heritage Open Days began life 23 years ago, as a celebration of built architecture, but in recent years the festival has broadened to encompass a vast range of places and experiences, many not usually available to the public.  

All National Trust properties taking part in Heritage Open Days offer free admission; not all sites are involved, and the dates and times vary.