Tour de HODs

Events are a great way to discover amazing places. This year’s Tour de Yorkshire cycle race is an opportunity for the millions of watching spectators to explore somewhere new. The course covers a total of 304 miles completed over 3 stages. Many of the towns, villages and places along this route were part of Heritage Open Days last year.

Tour de Yorkshire 2015 Grand Depart! © greensambaman

But what was there to discover?

In 2016, we featured around 190 properties close to the route. These were a real eclectic mix - castles, chapels, mills, towers, synagogues, cinemas, and even a nuclear shelter. There were also a tour behind the scenes of BBC Local Radio and a unique guided ‘Drainspotting’ walk, looking at historic pavements!

Did you know that Yorkshire also has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites?

The first is the village of Saltaire, near Bradford in West Yorkshire, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. The other is Studley Royal Water Garden including the ruins of Fountains Abbey. This spectacular 18th century landscape surrounds the Abbey and is described by UNESCO as being one of the most spectacular water gardens in England. Spectators at this year’s Tour De Yorkshire will have the opportunity to watch both the men’s and women’s races pass through this impressive estate.

Find out more about the course at British Cycling  

Studley Water Garden and Fountains Abbey will open again for Heritage Open Days on Sat. 9th September (National Trust Images/Andrew Butler)

Like the Tour de Yorkshire, Heritage Open Days is back this year!

Did you organise an event or open your property for the festival last year? It would be great to have you join us again. Or maybe you meant to get involved but didn’t get round to it – well here’s your chance. This year Heritage Open Days takes place 7th to 11th September. Help us to celebrate England’s fantastic heritage and put yourself on the map!

Find out how you can get involved on our organising pages