Please note that the printed version of this page will include opening times and other useful information for each property/event.
Before heading out for your Heritage Open Days visit, please check entries at www.heritageopendays.org.uk for last-minute changes.
16 Cook Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 9RF
16 Cook Street is Grade II* listed and one of only two surviving buildings designed by Peter Ellis in 1866, two years after Oriel Chambers in Water Street. Built of cast iron and stone clad with a glazed cantilevered spiral staircase built into courtyard at rear. This building Inspired early skyscrapers and architects including John Root, who designed The Rookery in Chicago. Event not suitable for children under the age of 7.
Booking Details: Call: 0151 236 4236 Booking opens: 2 June 2014 Booking closes: 8 September 2014
Access Information: No wheelchair access. Visitors with walking difficulties may struggle.
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/session. The common areas are open to the public Monday-Friday 1000-1700 and Saturday 1100-1600. Private spaces only available to visit during the tour.
Allerton Road, Allerton, Liverpool, Merseyside, L18 6JJ
The most notable feature of All Hallows is the collection of windows designed by Edward Burne-Jones and executed by William Morris. All Hallows is unique in that of the 15 windows, 14 of them are by these remarkable artists, and form one of the finest collections of stained glass in the country. NADFAS church trail.
Directions: Close to Allerton Fire Station and Tescos on Mather Ave.
Christ Church Toxteth Park, Linnet Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside, L17 3BG
This stunning Grade II* Listed building is one of Liverpool’s hidden gems. A serene oasis of calm just 5 minutes’ walk from bustling Lark Lane, it feels like Dr Who’s Tardis: bigger on the inside than the outside. The stained glass windows and stone angels are particularly fine. Including a Children’s trail.
Directions: Linnet Lane runs between Ullet Road and Lark Lane, to the south west of Sefton Park. We are served by the number 60 bus which runs along Ullet Road and the 82 that stops on Aigburth Road.
Calderstones Mansion, Calderstones Park, Liverpool, Merseyside, L18 3JB
There are secrets in the house... join us for a 1940s Tea Dance and Tours! The Mansion closed to the public for over 30 years join The Reader Organisation for a series of free tours to explore the surprising history of Calderstones Mansion house and its links with the Cunard Shipping Company, John Lennon and the ancient Calder Stones themselves - older than stonehenge! Then on Sunday come and be whisked back to the 1940s with a tea-dance, swing-dance taster sessions, live music and refreshments in our Art Deco Theatre Garden. Can you be an history detective? Can you I-spy your way around the Mansion, spotting clues to its history? Event not suitable for children under the age of 5.
Directions: We are located in the centre of Calderstones Park. We are only 20 Mins Walk from Mossley Hill and Allerton Train Stations. Or you can catch a bus on the following routes: Bus routes 76, 76A, 77, 61, 68, 173, 174, 80, 86, 86A, 86B to Allerton Road. If you are cycling there are bike racks at the front of the mansion and a public car park off Calderstones Road. Disabled parking is closer to the mansion near the coach house but is limited.
Dovedale Road, Mossley Hill, Liverpool, Merseyside, L18 1DW
Dovedale Baptist Church is Grade II listed, built in 1906 with an interesting Gothic perpendicular design and Art Nouveau features. The church has an open baptistry and curved pews. Dovedale Baptist Church hosts an historical exhibition for Heritage Open Days and there are guided tours. Find out about the history and the contemporary life of the church and the local area. Families welcome. Children’s quiz & toys.
Access Information: Wheelchair access via side door on Olivedale Road. Assistance available.
Directions: Well serviced by the 80A bus from the city centre, stops Dovedale Road. A short walk from Penny Lane roundabout for other bus routes. Close to Penny Lane on Beatles tour and opposite Dovedale School and Dovedale Towers.
Williamson's Tunnels Paddington Site,, Paddington, Edge Hill, Liverpool, Merseyside, L7 3RG
Come underground and learn about Joseph Williamson, the "King of Edge Hill", maker of tunnels in the early 1800s; discover how local history can be understood from the many household articles found as we clear all the spoil and rubble which has filled this part of the Williamson's Tunnels for the last 160 years. Visit lasts about 30 minutes. Event not suitable for children under the age of 10.
Booking Details: Please pre-book to help us organise the event Contact: Ms Claire Moorhead Call: 0790 693 5769 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Go to: http://www.williamsontunnels.com Write to: (postal only) Friends of Williamson's Tunnels 15-17 Chatham Place, Liverpool L7 3HD Booking opens: 1 June 2014 09:00 Booking closes: 10 September 2014 18:00
Access Information: Site is accessible to anyone who can walk downstairs. Site not yet adapted for any other disability. Visitors should wear stout shoes and easily-washed clothes [this is a clearance-work-inprogress-site so there may be dusty surfaces etc. Toilet facilities, and refreshments, will be available in the nearby Bear's Paw pub.
Additional Information: Max 8 people per tour/session.
Directions: In grounds of Liberty Park Student Village, near top of Wavertree Road opposite All Saints Church and next to the Bear's Paw pub.
Gateacre Chapel, Gateacre Brow, Gateacre, Liverpool, Merseyside, L25 3PB
The chapel is a Grade II listed building constructed in 1700. It is one of the oldest nonconformist churches in Liverpool. Notable features inside the building include The Good Samaritan Window donated by the Tate Familly in 1872. A wedding chest made in 1707 that is still in use today and a working bell tower built in 1723. The chapel is said to be one of Gateacre's best kept secrets. Children and families are very welcome.
Access Information: Visitors will have to climb 3 short steps to enter the building.
Directions: The chapel is situated at the bottom of Gateacre Brow next door to the Bear and Staff Public House.
2 Berkley Street, Toxteth, Liverpool, Merseyside, L18 1XB
The church was built in 1870. This building is a typical example of Byzantine architecture, having four domes. The famous builder Henry Sumner was commissioned to build the church. The church was dedicated to St. Nicholas, the Patron Saint to all seamen, as the money for the building was raised by the Greek ship owners who were based in Liverpool.
Additional Information: There is some onsite parking, and some street parking available.
Church Road, Wavertree, Liverpool, Merseyside, L15 9EE
The building was designed by Messrs. Briggs, Wolstenholme, F B Hobbs and Arnold Thornley in the late Renaissance style and completed in 1906. It is now Grade II* listed. The Chapel was erected in 1906 by Mt T Fenwick-Harrison in memory of his late wife. The frontage of the building was completely refurbished in 2005 and has a magnificent Boardroom. Events are also taking place on the same day at the Holy Trinity Church and the Wavertree lock-up nearby.
Additional Information: This year we will have sixth-form students assisting in the tours and giving an insight into the history of the school. Music students will also be performing in the Chapel.
Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 8EW
Guided tours of Liverpool Central Library. Liverpool Central Library has been fully redeveloped after comprehensive construction work. Tours will include the magnificent listed buildings dating from the later 19th century onwards, such as the Picton Reading Room, Picton Hall, the Hornby Library and the Oak Room. Winner of the RIBA North West Region Conservation Scheme of the Year for 2014.
Booking Details: Call: 0151 233 5835 Email: email@example.com Booking opens: 18 August 2014 09:00 Booking closes: 12 September 2014 19:30
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/session.
Directions: Liverpool Central Library is located between the World Museum and the Walker Art Gallery and opposite St George's Hall.
Aldham Robarts Library, Off Maryland Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9DE
The special collections and archives at LJMU cover topics from popular music (The Beatles and punk rock) and Liverpool culture (The Everyman Theatre and Willy Russell Archives) to the history of fashion (Liddell Hart Collection). Get a behind the scenes look at our collections, and see material never before exhibited. Event not suitable for children under the age of 16.
Booking Details: Pre-booking is essential. Contact: Emily Parsons Call: 0151 231 3813 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Booking opens: 1 June 2014 10:00 Booking closes: 10 September 2014 16:00
Access Information: The building is part of the university and fully accessible. The area being opened specially for HODs is in a basement area but accessible by lift. There are disabled toilets just outside the area being opened.
Additional Information: Max 12 people per tour/session. There is no onsite parking, but parking is available at a charge along Maryland Street. A refreshment stall is available onsite at a charge. This event is not suitable for children. Visitors to this event must be 16+, to comply with university regulations and because of the adult subject matter in some of the exhibits.
Directions: Maryland Street is accessed from Hardman Street, by turning left at the road immediately preceding The Flute pub, and the Aldham Robarts is the large white building.
114 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 5SR
Liverpool Medical Institution, one of the oldest medical societies in the world, traces its origins to the founding of the Liverpool Medical Library in 1779. The present Grade II* listed building dates from May 1837. The tour of the old building includes the unique Lecture Theatre, Council Room and Library. Event not suitable for children under the age of 16.
Booking Details: Telephone or email the LMI Library to book Contact: Sue or Adrienne Call: 0151 709 9125 Email: email@example.com Go to: http://www.lmi.org.uk/ Booking opens: 4 August 2014 09:30 Booking closes: 12 September 2014 12:00
Additional Information: Max 16 people per tour/session.
Directions: On Mount Pleasant opposite the Metropolitan Cathedral at the junction with Hope Street. The Everyman Theatre is to one side of the LMI.
Nordic Church, 138 Park Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 8HG
Have a tour of the church (it is on three floors) and learn about the Nordic community in the North West. Refreshments will also be available at reasonable prices. There is a children's play area in a corner of the coffee-lounge.
Access Information: Access requires ability to negotiate stairs to all levels.
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/session. Open sandwiches, cake, coffee/tea available.
Directions: We are 250 yards from John Lewis in Liverpool One.
Speke Hall, The Walk, Liverpool, Merseyside, L24 1XD
A rare example of a Tudor manor house with Victorian interiors and original William Morris wallpaper. In this beautiful building, which has witnessed more than 400 years of turbulent history, you can uncover hidden Tudor secrets, take a guided tour or play billiards. Speke Hall is surrounded by gardens and woodland with seasonal displays of rhododendrons, daffodils and bluebells. There is a maze to explore or you can enjoy a bracing walk with stunning views of the Welsh hills. A perfect oasis from modern life. The house will open between 1100 and 1230 for guided tours only. These will be issued on a first come, first served basis with limited availability. The house will fully open at 1230 with volunteers in each room being able to bring the stories of the property to life. We have a new woodland trail which includes the opportunity to build a den, climb on our tree stumps and ride the zip wire.... Burn off energy in our play area or lose yourself in our maze.
Access Information: Wheelchair access is restricted to the ground floor of the property.
Ullet Road, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, Merseyside, L17 3BA
An 1885 Grade I listed Victorian Gothic church designed by J L Pearson. From the outside it appears an ordinary red brick Victorian church, but step inside and you see a glorious soaring stone interior with much stained glass by Kempe. The style is 13th-century English gothic "with French touches." The stunning alabaster reredos and "Adoration of the Lamb" apse carvings were designed by Pearson. The Lady Chapel reredos and screen are by Bodley. Note the finely carved alabaster font and pulpit, and the area under the organ loft with its "sacred grove" of black Purbeck marble columns. The Cosmati-esque marble floor in the choir and sanctuary and the new reredos in St Martin's Chapel are striking. With its fine vistas the church is often described as a mini-cathedral. The intention of architect and founder was to construct a building which would most readily bring people to their knees.
Directions: The church is on the corner of Ullet Road and Buckingham Avenue, just north of Sefton Park. Buses 75, 80 and 80A run past St Agnes's from the city centre (Paradise Street Bus Station, or the Great Charlotte St stop opposite Lime Street Railway Station.
Scotland Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L55BD
Built in 1833 to the designs of John Broadbent, this Grade II listed church can accommodate 1,700 worshippers all of whom have an unrestricted view of the high altar as there are no pillars inside the church. Instead, the crypt, which contains 660 individual burial vaults, supports the roof. The Peter Conacher pipe organ (1861) is the oldest instrument by this firm still in existence Event not suitable for children under the age of 5.
Access Information: Access to Crypt is by stairs only. Wear old, warm clothes !
Additional Information: Max 100 people per tour/session. A detailed , academic history of St. Anthony's is available at the church, covering the years 1804-2004. 520 pages and 32 pages of illustrations. Michael O'Neill, the author, will be conducting the tour.
Directions: The church is next door to The Throstle's Nest pub and backs on to Great Homer Street.
St James in the City, Upper Parliament Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L8 1UR
St James 1775 will be open for viewing.The programme will include:A heritage walk around the outside of the building; a heritage walk around the inside of the building; a talk about some of the 20 memorials on the walls; an update on the Restoration Project; an update on the WW1 War memorial project. Entrance is free, donations towards refreshments.
Additional Information: The church was closed in 1972 and handed over to the Churches Conservation Trust. In 2006, it became the first of its kind, and was handed back to the church of England and re-opened as a Church. It is in the process of redevelopment but has a lively and large congregation.
Directions: On the corner of Upper Parliament Street and St James Place
Knotty Ash, Liverpool, Merseyside, L14
In the church there is a key route which includes stained glass windows, baptistry, crypt and Titanic grave in the graveyard. The church hall opposite is an old school room with a historic review and there will be refreshments there. The church is almost 180 years old and the hall is 114 years old. Toys are available in the hall and a children's corner in the church for under 3s.
Access Information: Toilets only available in Church Hall, opposite the church.
Directions: The church is on the corner of Brookside Avenue and Thomas Lane. No. 7 bus stops just around the corner or the 9, 10, 10a stop at the bottom of the road.
St Mary's Church, 1 South Drive, Wavertree, Liverpool, Merseyside, L15 8JJ
A chance to visit St Mary's, a Grade II listed building, located in Victoria Park and within the Wavertree Village Conservation area. The building began as a Methodist Church in 1872. It was re-consecrated as the Anglican Parish church in 1952 after the original St Mary's was destroyed by bombing in 1940. The impressive East Window was designed by E Carter-Preston and the spire is visible from many areas of Wavertree.
Access Information: The parts of the church which are open are easily accessible to all.
Directions: From the M62: At the end of the M62, remain in the middle lane and go straight on at the large lights (under the flyover) – EDGE LANE. Get into left hand land as soon as able. At the top of the hill, turn left at the traffic lights with the Peugeot garage on your left – MILL LANE. Follow the road down the hill. At the bottom of the hill turn right just before the children's play-park (by the ‘SLOW’ marking on the road) – NORTH DRIVE. St Mary’s church is on the corner of the third turning on the left – SOUTH DRIVE.
St Michaels in the Hamlet, St Michaels Church Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L17 7BD
Tucked along the cast iron shore you will find this beautiful Grade 1 Listed Church and the ‘Hamlet’ houses around it. They were built with cast iron in 1815, securing Liverpool’s unique place in architectural history. Come and visit this unique tribute to cast iron. Why not combine your visit with a short walk to the re-opened Festival Gardens site – together we are the ‘cast iron shore’ of the River Mersey. Children’s trail.
Directions: Church sits just off Aigbuth Road. From City centre take A561 out towards Aigburth Road 5 minutes walk from St Michael’s Station (Mersey rail Northern line, 7 minutes to Liverpool Central). Few minutes walk from bus stops on Aigburth Rd (82 to city centre or Speke/Garston & Liverpool John Lennon Airport)
St Stephen's Church, Belle Vale Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L25 2PQ
The church was built 1872-74 by Cornelius Sherlock. Windows by Morris and Co. and Frederick Preedy. We will have on display information from our research into those whose names appear on our WWI war memorial. Children's trail available.
Additional Information: No access to tower.
St. Margaret of Antioch Parish Church, Princes Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L8 1TG
St. Margaret's Church will be open, see our wall paintings, historic fabrics and vestments, guides will be on hand to show you around and answer any questions. Families welcome.
Access Information: Ramp access to main church building - level access to church and Jesus Chapel, small step to access chancel.
Directions: We are opposite St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and next door to Princes Road Synagogue.
The Hardmans' House, 59 Rodney Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9EX
Enjoy a free pre-bookable 90 minute tour of The Hardmans' House on the Heritage Open Day. Step back in time to the 1950s in this fascinating home and photographic studio. Explore the contrasting sides of this house: the neat, professional, spacious business rooms and the cluttered, cramped living quarters of the renowned portrait photographer Edward Chambré Hardman and his wife Margaret. They lived and worked here for 40 years, keeping everything and changing nothing. There are two exhibitions included in the tour. "A Photographer's War" looks at Mr Hardmans time in India as a Gurkha soldier during and after the First World War, and "Travels with a Camera" is an opportunity to see some holiday snaps with a difference taken by the Hardmans.
Booking Details: House accessable by pre-bookable tour only Call: 0151 709 6261 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Go to: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardmans-house Write to: 59 Rodney Street, Liverpool, L1 9EX
Access Information: There is no parking available on site, however there is general offsite pay and display parking at the Anglican Cathedral and on surrounding streets. The tour encompasses the four floors of the house; no pushchairs are admitted to the ground floor but there are hip-carrying infant seats for loan.There is partial wheelchair access to the ground floor only and a virtual tour is available of the upper floors. There are also braille and large print guides available.
Additional Information: Max 6 people per tour/session.
Directions: Please follow fingerposts for '59 Rodney Street' from Liverpool city centre. The visitor entrance is located on Pilgrim Street, near to the Anglican Cathedral.
Ullet Road Unitarian Church , 57 Ullet Road , Sefton Park , Liverpool, Merseyside, L17 2AA
Enjoy this remarkable Grade I listed building. Built in 1896-1899 and contains a mixture of architectural genres, Art Nouveau, Mock Medieval, Victorian, Mock Tudor and much more. It has the finest William Morris stain glass windows in the country. Also we have some wonderful memorials located in the cloisters. Also, lest we forget our breath taking library with its wonderfully painted ceiling.
Directions: Ullet Road Unitarian Church is the A5089 which runs between Smithdown Road and Park Road/Aigbuth (A561). We are located on Ullet Road with access from York Avenue. The following buses stop outside our church are 60, 74, 75, 76 and the 80.
Victoria Gallery & Museum, Ashton Street, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, Merseyside, L69 3DR
The Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M) is housed in the Grade II listed Victoria Building. Created by Liverpool-born architect Alfred Waterhouse, probably best-known for designing the Natural History Museum, the Victoria Building is a wonderful example of Victorian architecture. Join one of our experienced tour guides and explore the history and design of this architectural gem. Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.
Booking Details: Gallery and museum are free to explore but the tour must be pre-booked. Contact: Visitor Services Team Call: 0151 794 2348 Email: email@example.com Booking opens: 18 July 2014 10:00 Booking closes: 18 September 2014 17:00
Additional Information: Max 24 people per tour/session. You will find a collection of arts and curiosities so varied and exciting you will wonder why you’ve never noticed us before! Witness nightmares in a bottle, a Victorian dental surgery, a fine art collection and an exploration into the world of physics. Until October 2014, you can also visit our Biennial exhibition ‘Art Sheds’ – enter these shed sculptures and create your own artwork inspired by our collections. Why not take time out to make the most of the breathtaking surroundings whilst enjoying a bite to eat in our popular café.
Directions: Liverpool Lime Street and Liverpool Central train stations are 10 minutes walk away. We are served by the 6, 7, 79 and city link bus routes. Sat Nav postcode: L3 5TR.
Lake Road, Wavertree, Liverpool, Merseyside, L15 8JS
Wavertree's octagonal Lock-up was built of local yellow sandstone in 1796, at the expense of the villagers - drunkenness was quite a problem even 200 years ago. It is said that cholera victims were dumped there to isolate them from the rest of the village; and in the 1840s the Lock-up served as temporary accommodation for destitute Irish families. Later a proper Police Station had opened in the High Street. The building gradually fell into decay, until in 1868 its owners the Wavertree Local Board of Health contemplated demolition. Fortunately for us, the architect and local historian James Picton, came to the rescue and drew up plans for its repair and 'beautification', including the addition of a new pointed roof and weather vane. In 1952 the Lock-up became a Listed Building and in 1979 Wavertree Village was designated as a Conservation Area. Children welcome.
Access Information: Step down at entrance doorway, although you can look in from entrance.
Additional Information: Max 30 people per tour/session. Located on the only piece of common land in Liverpool. One of many buildings not normally open to public in Wavertree on that same day and within walking distance of one another.
Directions: Opposite Picton Clock on the roundabout (B5178) at the junction with Church Road North, High Street, Childwall Road and Lake Road. Sits on site of the triangular piece of land i.e. Wavertree Green, surrounded by trees.
The Old Stableyard, Smithdown Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside, L7 3EE
Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre is open all year round to enable visitors to take a 40 minute guided tour through a reopened section of the maze of tunnels created in the 1820's and 1830's by eccentric philanthropist, Joseph Williamson, 'The King of Edge Hill'. Learn about Williamson's motives for the construction of the tunnels and the lives and times of the hundreds of workers once employed by one of Liverpool's most eccentric characters. Tours of Williamson Tunnels are suitable for all ages.
Booking Details: Booking is essential. Call: 01517096868 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Access Information: The tour does involve steps. As a guideline, if a visitor can negotiate a normal staircase in a house, he/she should be able to take the tunnel tour. It is not suitable for visitors in wheelchairs or pushchairs.
Additional Information: Max 15 people per tour/session. The listed tours are offered free for Heritage Open Days. Charges apply at other times.
Directions: Situated opposite the Traffic Police Headquarters on Smithdown Lane. Full directions can be found on our website: www.williamsontunnels.co.uk/information
Woolton Baths, Quarry Street South, Liverpool, Merseyside, L25 7TE
Display of history and heritage, including connection to Beatles' early years, and display of 120th birthday celebrations, with celebratory children's cards from local schools. Displays of swimming club history, photos and certificates. Merchandising for sale. Displays of voluntary engineering work done.
Directions: Baths has a 40-foot red octagonal chimney, which can be seen across the village.
Woolton Village, Liverpool, Merseyside
Woolton is a beautiful village which is cherished by its residents. The architectural tour, for which booking is essential, will take visitors around the many unusual buildings. These include Woolton Hall which is is Grade 1 listed (outside view only as it is undergoing work at the moment), & the 19th century Mechanics Institute which is now a private home. See our website for fuller details www.wooltonsociety.org.uk Event not suitable for children under the age of 16.
Booking Details: The architectural tour must be pre-booked, with a limit of 15. Contact: Jean Davies Go to: http://www.wooltonsociety.org.uk Booking opens: 1 June 2014 12:00 Booking closes: 10 September 2014 12:00
Access Information: We do not think that our walks would be suitable for any person unable to walk on pavements & grass for at least an hour. Woolton is also very hilly and there are many steps on the various routes. Visitors should be prepared for brisk walking over hilly roads, with some standing. There will be refreshments & toilet facilities in the church hall, where the walks begin & end.
Additional Information: Max 15 people per tour/session. Woolton was an independent village until 1913, when it was incorporated into the City of Liverpool. It still has a distinctive character with many beautiful buildings constructed in the local pink sandstone. In November 2013 the Lord Mayor of Liverpool unveiled a plaque commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the incorporation. For the past ten years it has also won many gold medals in the North West in Bloom & Britain in Bloom competitions. This year it will compete in the Champion of Champions category, with RHS judges visiting in July.
Directions: Meeting place details will be confirmed on the booking website nearer the time.