Heritage Open Days in Yorkshire

There's plenty to explore in Yorkshire this weekend for Heritage Open Days. Many places are throwing their doors open for free, so if you've not visited somewhere in a while, then this is the perfect time to come and see us again. Here's where you can visit for free this weekend:

Two adults looking at a large blue bed and portraits on the wall

Get closer to the collection at Beningbrough 

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September: The doors will be thrown open this weekend giving you a rare chance to peep inside a some of the furniture in the collection. There are spotlight short talks running throughout the day, to hear about the changing fortunes of this grand country house. Explore the gardens whilst you're there and see the walled garden bursting with fruit as the autumn harvest starts to ripen.

John Harrison clock at Nostell

See the clock stops at Nostell 

Saturday 9 September: At Nostell you'll find world class collections, created by the greatest craftsmen of the 18th century. This year we've a special exhibition, 'The Clock Stops', celebrating the 300th birthday of one of the first longcase clocks made by local clockmaker and world famous inventor John Harrison. Whilst you're here, take a wander through the gardens, where you'll find colourful herbaceous borders in the Kitchen Garden and winding walks through woodland and alongside lakes full of wildlife.

A photograph showing what the house looked like in 1800 overlayed over what it looks like now

Go back in time at Treasurer's House 

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 September: If you're in York city centre this weekend then call into Treasurer's House for free. Follow the new oddities trail, view the demolition and restoration display or brave the ghost cellar below ground. Hard hat tours of the cellar will be free, with tours running throughout the day. Places on the tours are limited to 11 per tour and booking is on a first come first served basis.

Historic wooden cart sheltered under the giant oak beams of the Great Barn

Discover East Riddlesden Hall's agricultural past 

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September: Find out about the hall's agricultural past this weekend. Come into the Airedale Barn as we show you how butter was traditionally made. You can even have a go yourself. Outside, kids can explore and enjoy the outdoors following a colourful stick trail, making mud pies or building a den.

two ladies walk past the autumnal ruins of the abbey

Explore Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal 

Saturday 9 September: Go off limits and see behind closed doors. Join our World Heritage Youth Ambassadors for the chance to climb the stairs and see the lay brother's dormitory. Come by the nave of the abbey anytime from 11am - 2pm. You can also take a background tour of Fountains Hall at either 11am or 2pm - places for this tour are limited and are first come, first serve.

Rocking horse in the Day Nursery

See period rooms and miniature rooms at Nunnington Hall 

Friday 8 & Saturday 9 September: This picturesque manor house has period rooms with many a tale to tell. Discover one of the world's finest collections of miniature rooms in the attic or spend time in the organic walled garden - you might even spot one of the peacocks and their chicks.

central view of the back of Ormesby hall taken from the bedding plants in the formal garden

Visit Ormesby Hall for Heritage Open Days 

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 September: Discover what Ormesby Hall has to offer over the weekend. The gardens are still in bloom and looking beautiful. Learn about the Pennyman family inside the hall and call into the model railway displays on the first floor.

The Tuscan Temple at Rievaulx Terace

Admire the views at Rievaulx Terrace 

Friday 8 & Saturday 9 September: Wander across one Ryedale's little gems, the 18th-century landscape of Rievaulx Terrace. Stroll through woods, then out on to the terrace, with its stunning views down over the Cistercian ruin of Rievaulx Abbey. Not far from Nunnington Hall, make a day of it and visit both places for free during Heritage Open Days.

Beige 1767 chocolate box and black and white family photos on the study desk

Celebrate 250 years with us at Goddards 

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 September: Explore this Arts and Crafts style house and garden - the former home of the Terry family. It's 90 years since it was built and 250 years since the Terry's of York business began. Displays throughout the house chart the highs and lows of the Terry’s of York chocolate business, including how they created one of the world’s most iconic chocolates – the chocolate orange.

Heritage Open Days 2017

Go further afield  

Fancy going a little further afield? Heritage Open Days are taking place across the country, meaning hundreds of places are opening their doors for free this weekend.