Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is England’s annual celebration of local history, architecture and culture.

Co-ordinated nationally but run with the help of thousands of volunteers, the September event is an opportunity for private owners to allow free access to properties and events which cast a light on what makes neighbourhoods and communities special.

Heritage assets of every age, style and function open their doors, ranging from castles to factories, town halls to tithe barns, parish churches to Buddhist temples.

It’s a once-a-year chance to uncover and discover hidden treasures and rarely told stories.

Heritage Open Days provides free public liability insurance to those participants that require it for their properties during the event.


The guide only summarises the law, policy or guidance. In any particular case it may be necessary to consult the primary source and seek independent advice.

Failing to adhere to the law may be a criminal offence.