Explore England’s built heritage in ten great events

Over Heritage Open Days, you can explore some of the beautiful, unusual, weird and wonderful architectural landmarks across the country. To help you choose where to visit, here are some our favourite architectural gems.

The unusual site of Martello Tower P is open for you to explore this September / © Stephen Rampley

Beyond Brutalist architecture

London, Greater London

The brutalist structure of Salters' Hall contrasts the 600 years of history behind its closed doors.

The Salters' Company is one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies and their earliest document dates to 1216. Their site in London is a Brutalist architectural gem, which is opening for you to delve into the halls, archives and history of over 600 years of history.

Visit Iron Age Roundhouses

Leeds, West Yorkshire

At Herd Farm, visit replica Iron Age Roundhouses to experience some of the earliest examples of English architecture. At this unusual site discover what Yorkshire would’ve been like 2,000 years ago, explore the nearby forest, and see inside the educational centre.

Dip into an open air swimming pool

Bath, Somerset

The Grade II* Listed Cleveland Pools are unique and is over 200 years old / © Cleveland Pools.

What better place to explore the built heritage of swimming and leisure than in one of England’s most famous spa towns? Cleveland Pools in Bath are not only over 200 years old, but they are the largest in Western Europe, which you can explore before they are set to reopen.

Have you ever seen an Italianate Glasshouse?

Ramsgate, Kent

Stumble across this architectural gem as you explore the grounds of East Cliff Lodge this September. The Italianate Glasshouse is a Grade II* listed historic monument which now houses a range of beautiful plants and a quaint cafe inside.  

A rare chance to see inside a medieval barn

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Stank Hall Barn is open for you to understand how buildings affected the life and times of medieval England. What’s more, learn how it is undergoing vast restoration and consider what the future use of this amazing architectural site may be.

Behind the curtains at the Theatre Royal

The architectural wonder of Theatre Royal through the curtains / © Theatre Royal.

Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

This Grade I listed theatre, a site dating to 1788, draws back its curtains this September. During the guided tour, you will see the beautiful interior which was redesigned in 1901 after a terrible fire, and even be able to explore behind the scenes of this exciting landmark.

Step inside a stunning mosque

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Faizan a Medina was built in 2006 and offers a chance to explore Islamic architecture and worship this September. During the event join a tour exploring a library full of literature and Islamic artefacts.

Faizan a Medina mosque opens its stunning doors to share Islamic faith and culture this September / © Faizan a Medina

Explore milling of a bygone age

Thornton, Lancashire

Marvel at this unique site where you can explore one of the tallest windmills in Europe. Built in the 18th century, today the Mill with its working machinery offers a unique introduction to milling which has not happened at the site since 1922. Excitingly, they will even be turning sails especially for Heritage Open Days!

Come see a coastal watchtower 

Felixstowe, Suffolk

One of the very few surviving towers in England still in public ownership, Martello Tower P and its site has a history of continuous use from its completion around 1812 during the Napoleonic Wars, through to modern times. Step inside this brilliant site of military built heritage this September.

When a castle becomes a home

Ledbury, Herefordshire

Set in a stunning natural landscape, Eastnor Castle is an inhabited 19th century castle. Visitors will be given a guided tour of the state apartments and bedrooms decorated with fine art, tapestries and lavish interiors. After this, enjoy the castle grounds, tree trail, arboretum, and lakeside walk.

And one for luck...

Tours of built heritage in Winchester, Hampshire

And if one site isn't enough...take an evening guided tour- led by a local architect- to explore several buildings around Winchester Cathedral. Thiswalk will explore how the area has evolved since Medieval times, with a focus on the 12 canons’ houses and the Tudor structure of the architecture. 

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