Heritage Open Days are taking place 11th – 20th September 2020. This year some events are online.
Who doesn’t need some FREE days out ideas after the Summer holidays?!
Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. This year they’ve also gone digital. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.
See inside this watch-tower on York’s City Walls. Rarely open to the public, our volunteers are on hand to show off the spiral staircase, Tudor toilet and timber roof. Find out about the history of the Walls and look out for any approaching invaders!
Opening Times Saturday 12 September: 10am to 4pm Saturday 19 September: 10am to 4pm Booking Details No booking required
Howsham Mill Howsham Mill, Howsham Hall Road, Howsham, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 7PA
Howsham Mill sits on a small island in the River Derwent. The river is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the rich plant and animal life it supports as one of England’s best lowland rivers. The island is old mature woodland with its own range of plants and animals. Come and see the beautiful building, the water wheel and Archimedes Screw turbines that generate hydro-electricity, and learn about the wildlife that lives on this beautiful stretch of the river.
Opening Times Sunday 13 September: 10.30am to 5pm Booking Details No booking required
Take a moment to discover the Tower’s hidden history and triumphant tales with our downloadable stories. How many times have you wandered past and wondered about the lone tower? Well this year they are revealing their hidden nature and sharing some of their secrets.Download the tales of the tower for Heritage Open Days and reveal past and so much more.
Download our family activities and try your hand and rebuilding and recreating what is now lost to time.
Opening Times Festival begins online 11th September
Britain’s last surviving railway nursery, built in 1941, is now a volunteer-run local charity based in Poppleton, near York, set up to restore this historic site.
• Visit the greenhouses • Choose from our wide selection of plants • See our cacti collection • Discover our role in the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign • See the narrow gauge railway and model railway • Relax in our peaceful garden
Opening Times Saturday 12 September: 10am to 4pm Booking Details No booking required
Come to Holy Redeemer church for a guided or self-guided tour and find out more about this unique grade II listed building. Explore one of the finest collections of 10th century art in the heart of the first church built in York after World War II.
Opening Times Sunday 13 September: 10am-4pm (service at 10-11am) Wednesday 16 September: 10am-4pm Sunday 20 September: 10am-4pm (service at 10-11am) Booking Details No booking required
Holy Trinity Goodramgate has the air of a hidden treasure. It stands in a small, secluded, leafy churchyard, with the Minster towering behind, tucked away behind Goodramgate – one of York’s busiest shopping streets. To visit, you pass through an eighteenth-century archway tacked on to buildings that served as artisans’ workshops in the fourteenth century.