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Heritage Open Days

England's history, architecture and culture is celebrated when buildings of every age, style and function open their doors for free for the annual Heritage Open Days. This year's event runs from Friday 13 September to Sunday 22 September 2019.

This is a national event that celebrates England's fantastic architectural and cultural sites.

Visit Heritage Open Days or download Icon for pdf 2019 Heritage Open Days (PDF, 5.7mb)  for more information.

When is it held?

The event runs every September, and this year's are from Friday 13 September  to Sunday 22 September.

Discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture:

  • Free entry to venues that usually charge
  • Tours that give glimpses into hidden places
  • Walks through our historic landscape - with evidence of settlement from pre-history to the modern day
  • Churches - from Saxon to Medieval to Victorian in County Durham
  • Talk to knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers who guide you round the venues

More information is available in the Heritage Open Days brochure  Icon for pdf 2019 Heritage Open Days (PDF, 5.7mb)   

Please be advised the Beaurepaire walks on Saturday 14 September at 2.00pm and 4.00pm have been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

How to include your venue or event

We welcome new venues and events. If you, your organisation or community group would like to take part, or if you would like some more information, then please contact us.

Contact us
Heritage Open Days
03000 267 133
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UQ
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