Heritage Open Days 2019
From 13-22 September 2019, the Heritage Open Days festival returns with a packed programme of activities. This annual festival celebrates our diverse history, architecture and culture, so you can visit many of the places we care for entirely for free.
What is Heritage Open Days?
Heritage Open Days started in 1994, and over the last 25 years it's grown into a vibrant celebration of local histories and cultures, with over 5,500 events taking place in 2018 across England. Thanks to the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and the contributions our volunteers make, the festival gets bigger every year.
This celebration of our heritage means you can visit more of the places we care for for free. Access historic houses, beautiful landscapes, and listen to intriguing stories, spanning throughout all regions of England, all for free from 13-22 September 2019.
This year's theme
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the festival, Heritage Open Days will explore the theme of 'People Power' in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. See how local communities have created positive change through the power of people for our green spaces and society.
What’s new this year
This year, two extra places will be taking part - Wentworth Castle Gardens in Yorkshire and Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire.
We've handpicked a selection of National Trust places that are taking part in Heritage Open Days. Which will you explore first?
Please note: all National Trust places taking part in Heritage Open Days offer free admission on the specified dates. Not all sites are involved, and the dates and times vary between locations.
Look back on these events from 2019:
Listen to the National Trust Podcast: The Heritage Question
In episode 63 of the National Trust Podcast we head to Blackpool to explore what heritage means to us all. Listen as National Trust curator James Grasby goes behind the scenes to explore the history and legacy of the Blackpool Illuminations.