Heritage Open Days in Yorkshire

From historic houses and gardens to rugged moorland hideaways, we’re throwing the doors open this September for Heritage Open Days. Over two weekends in September you can discover the special places that the National Trust looks after in Yorkshire free of charge. Some places are open at slightly different times – check our round-up below and discover what’s on offer across Yorkshire.

Rocking horse in the Day Nursery

Nunnington Hall – 7 & 8 September 

This picturesque manor house sits on the banks of the River Rye in North Yorkshire. The organic walled garden is a hive of activity in September as the harvest is in full flow. Take time to explore life in miniature this autumn, with the Hall’s celebrated collection of doll’s house rooms and latest exhibition, ‘Brick Flicks LEGO’.

The Tuscan Temple at Rievaulx Terace

Rievaulx Terrace – 7 & 8 September 

A truly special spot in Ryedale, these 18th-century landscape gardens offer woods to get lost in, two temples to explore and a terrace with glorious views over the Cistercian ruin of Rievaulx Abbey. Great for picnics if the weather’s right, or for exploring beech woods as the autumn colour starts to take over. It’s only a short trip away from Nunnington Hall too – why not make it a double-visit?

The State Dressing Room at Nostell, West Yorkshire

Nostell – 8 September 

Head to Nostell to celebrate ‘the Shakespeare of furniture' Thomas Chippendale. Nostell boasts one of the biggest Chippendale collections in the country, from a simple chopping block to complete interiors in the first floor state apartments. Take a wander through the gardens at Nostell, where you'll find colourful herbaceous borders in the Kitchen Garden, winding woodland walks and lakes full of wildlife.

Three children making mud pies in the garden

East Riddlesden Hall – 15 September 

Hundreds of years ago this West Yorkshire manor was a thriving farming estate. Today East Riddlesden Hall makes a great day out for the whole family. There are lots of natural play areas waiting to be explored such as the Discovery Garden which is home to mud pie kitchen, hobbit house, weaving frame, den building corner and a giant log for balancing on. Children can also run through a willow tunnel and follow the seasonal trail.

Visitors at Treasurer's House, York

Treasurer’s House, York – 8 & 9 September, 15 & 16 September 

This gem in the centre of York was the first house to be donated to the Trust with its full collection, back in 1930. Today you can wander through a house of intriguing contradictions, with an award-winning Garden and incredible views of York Minster. For Heritage Open Days, join a discovery tour to hear the story of John Goodricke, the famous Georgian astronomer and former resident of Treasurer’s House, then take a special guided tour of the rooftops. Places fill up fast, so arrive early.

two ladies walk past the autumnal ruins of the abbey

Fountain’s Abbey & Studley Royal – 15 September 

Explore ancient abbey ruins and the awe-inspiring water garden at Fountain’s Abbey and Studley Royal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Especially for Heritage Open Days, we’ll open the doors to How Hill Tower to uncover the fascinating stories behind some of the historic artefacts at the last Cistercian mill in Britain. Places are free but must be pre-booked: call 01765 608888.

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

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens – 15 & 16 September 

Take a seat under the brand new Pergola at Beningbrough, then check out what’s in season in the walled garden. Four legged friends are very welcome at Beningbrough, as the gardens are now fully dog friendly. In the hall, come face to face with inspiring creative women in ‘Making her mark’, a new exhibition in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery.

Heritage Open Days 2018

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.