Gloucestershire

Properties and events in Gloucestershire

Before heading out for your Heritage Open Days visit, please check entries for last-minute changes.

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The New Antiques Centre

26 Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2NG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Believed to be Britain's finest example of a timber framed town house.

'Dissenters' boxes' - Nonconformist Chapels of Early 19th Century Cheltenham

Bethesda Methodist Church, Great Norwood Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AP
In person
Pre-booking not required

Dr Steven Blake presents a talk on some of the early 19th century nonconformist churches of Cheltenham.

"If Only Walls Could Talk" Guided Character Tours of The Folk of Gloucester

The Folk of Gloucester, 99-103 Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking required

Historic building, guided tours and other activities.

135 years of Music in the Forest of Dean

The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8RH
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Pillowell Silver Band celebrates 135 years on brass band music from the village of Pillowell in the Forest of Dean. Formed by a group of brass players in the village in 1889 the band is still very much alive and entertaining in the local area.

196 Years of Faith and Service - the Story of Bethesda Methodist Church

Bethesda Methodist Church, Great Norwood Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AP
In person
Pre-booking not required

Keith Norman presents the history of Bethesda Methodist Church and its place in the local community.

All Saints' Church, Viney Hill, Present and Future

All Saints' Church, Main Road, Viney Hill, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 4NA
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Pre-booking not required

All Saints' Church described by F.W. Harvey as a "lantern on the hill" and built of Forest sandstone sits on the edge of Forest woodland over looking the Severn Valley. Enjoy exhibitions on church history, Gypsy Petulengro and future plans.

An Exhibition on The History of South Cheltenham

Bethesda Methodist Church, Great Norwood Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AP
In person
Pre-booking not required

An exhibition on the history of south Cheltenham.

Ashton Gatehouse

Blackmoors Lane, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS3 2JL
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Ashton Gatehouse. One gateway, two worlds. The original entrance to Ashton Court Estate. Once the gateway to the Smyth family home, this Gatehouse is open for all to enjoy.

Beatrix Potter Guided Walk

9 College Court, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2NJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A guided walk around Gloucester to places associated with Beatrix Potter.

Bethesda Methodist Church

Bethesda Methodist Church, Great Norwood Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AP
In person
Pre-booking not required

An opportunity to visit this historic church building.

Black & White Buildings of Gloucester

Gloucester Civic Trust, St Mary de Crypt, Southgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1TG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Walking tour

Bones and Bells

St Mary de Crypt Church, Southgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1TP
In person
Pre-booking required

Explore the history of St Mary de Crypt church.

Brandy Bottom Colliery

Beside the Avon cycle path between the Dramway roundabout on the A4174 and Coxgrove Hill, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS16 9NL
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Pre-booking not required

A guided tour round the remains of the surface buildings of a 19th Century coal mine, which are in the process of being conserved.

Bream Heritage Walk

West Dean Centre, High Street, Bream, Gloucestershire, GL15 6JW
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Explore the area around Bream, taking in its industrial past

Bristol Central Library tour

Bristol Central Library, College Green, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS1 5TL
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for a tour of the library and learn more about its architect, Charles Holden. You’ll also hear about the history of Bristol Central Library both past and present and have the opportunity to take a peak behind the scenes.

Brockworth Court

Brockworth Court, Court Road, Brockworth, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 4QU
In person
Pre-booking required

Brockworth Court was initially the residence for the Priors of Llanthony Priory.

Bygonz Wandering Minstrels

Gate Streets, The Cross & The Folk of Gloucester, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
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Pre-booking not required

Wandering Minstrels

Cambray Baptist Church, Cheltenham

Cambray Place, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1JS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Cambray Baptist Church is a listed building which was built in 1855. It has been updated and extended over the years, but retains original features. The building is home to a large active church and there will be displays on our history.

Cheltenham's Bath Road - 200 Years of Trading History

Bethesda Methodist Church, Great Norwood Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AP
In person
Pre-booking required

Stuart Manton leads us on a walk of the Bath Road, learning about the people and events that shaped the area.

Children's Walk

Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2LX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Walk for children

Church of St. Luke the Evangelist, Brislington: Open church and tower tours

Church Parade, Brislington, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS4 5AZ
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Pre-booking not required

Come and see our 15th century Grade II* listed church set in the centre of the Brislington Conservation Area. Visit our tower and see the bells in action.

Cinderford Memorabilia Day

The Town Council Chamber, St. Annals House, Belle Vue Road, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL14 2AB
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Pre-booking not required

An excellent display showcasing the history and heritage of Cinderford and its surrounding area.

Come along to Naas Court Farm and Barns

Naas Court Farm and Wedding Barns, Naas Lane, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 4ES
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Pre-booking required

Visit a site sympathetically brought back into use as a property which now also houses a modern wedding and performance venue.

Dance: Nethra Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA)

The Folk of Gloucester, 99-103 Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Indian dance and music.

Dean Close School Historic Tours

Shelburne Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6HE
In person
Pre-booking required

A day and boarding school established in 1886 and set in 50 acres of parkland in the centre of Cheltenham.

Dean Forest Railway - Guided Site Tour including behind the scenes.

Dean Forest Railway, Norchard Centre, Forest Road, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL15 4ET
In person
Pre-booking required

Dean Forest Railway at Norchard have been preserving the heritage of the local railways of the Forest of Dean.They offer many activities throughout the year, and for Heritage Open Days Denis Martin will be giving a behind-the-scenes guided tour.

Dean Heritage Centre

Dean Heritage Centre, Lower Soudley, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL14 2UB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Dean Heritage Centre, set in a tranquil valley, holds many records of the social and industrial history of the Forest of Dean. There is normally a charge for admission to meet running costs but for Heritage Open Days 2024 this is waived for one day.

Discovering Gloucester’s Famous Rainbow Streets

86 High Street, Tredworth, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 4SS
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Pre-booking not required

Walk around the Rainbow Streets of Gloucester- High Street Tredworth.

Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park, Dyrham, Gloucestershire, SN14 8HY
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Pre-booking not required

At Dyrham Park you can walk through 270 acres of ancient deerpark with wide-reaching views, explore the garden, visit the newly-revitalised 17th-century mansion and stop for refreshments from the tea-room or cafe in the parkland. Shop open.

Eastgate Chamber

Eastgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1PU
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Pre-booking required

Discover the remains of Gloucester's Eastgate.

Fleece Hotel and Undercroft

Fleece Hotel, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2RD
In person
Pre-booking required

A 16th century Inn with a 12th century tunnel vaulted undercroft. A unique opportunity to visit.

Following the Iron Queen

The Main Place, Railway Drive, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8RH
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Following the Iron Queen- sailing to Argentina (or nearly so) A talk sharing Eric's voyage from Cardiff, South Wales to Rosario, Argentina 130 years after his Great Grandfather sailed the Iron Queen there, delivering Railway lines and sleepers.

Forest Brass Band, Yorkley

Onward Hall, Stag Hill, Yorkley, Gloucestershire, GL15 4TD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Forest Brass is local band operating in an original tin hut at Yorkley, the only one of its kind still in existence. There will be an exhibition and followed by a concert.

Forest of Dean Writers Collection

Coleford Library, The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8RH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Exhibition showing new collection being established by University of Gloucestershire's Reading the Forest project and Dean Heritage Centre

Forest Writers: Networks and connections

Coleford Library, The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8RH
In person
Pre-booking preferred

An evening with the Forest of Dean Writers Collection team in Coleford Library. Findings are emerging from the new collelction.

Friends Meeting House

Greyfriars, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1TS
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Pre-booking not required

The Quakers Meeting House is a Grade II listed building built in 1834 and designed by Samuel Daukes.

Ghosthunters 2024

Stonehouse Court Hotel, Bristol Road, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, GL10 3QP
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Pre-booking required

Join us on a walk along the Stroudwater Canal where you will discover some ghosts from the canal's past. All of the stories are acted out by local actors and come from the Stroudwater Canal archives.

Gloucester Cathedral Precincts Tour

Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2LX
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Pre-booking not required

Walking tour of Gloucester Cathedral precincts.

Gloucester City Tour

St Mary de Crypt, Soutgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1TG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Guided walk around the city

Gloucester Folk Choir

St. Mary De Crypt Church, Southgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1TP
In person
Pre-booking not required

Gloucester's own folk choir perform.

Gloucester's Docklands Railway History

North Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 9SH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover the railway system within the docks.

Gloucester's Medieval Churches

St Oswald's Priory, Archdeacon Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2QS
In person
Pre-booking not required

A walk round Gloucester viewing sites of Medieval Churches

Gloucester's Rich Heritage of Music and Poetry

Boots, Eastgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1PU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover Gloucester’s Rich Heritage of Music and Poetry.

Gloucester’s Christian Heritage

St Mary de Crypt, Southgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1TG
In person
Pre-booking not required

A walk round the City looking at places where people and events shaped Gloucester's Christian Heritage

Great Western Railway Museum, Coleford

The Old Railway Station, Railway Drive, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8RH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit a privately owned museum lovingly created from the GWR Goods Shed that marked the site of Coleford's two railways: the Great Western and Severn and Wye Railways that once served the area.

Guided Tour of Westonbirt House Grade 1 Listed Gardens

Westonbirt House, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QG
In person
Pre-booking required

A guided tour of the Grade 1 Listed Gardens of Westonbirt House.

Gunns Mill Open Day, Nr. Mitcheldean, Glos

Gunns Mill, Lower Spout Lane, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, GL17 0EA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Beneath the weather-saving covering lies a building from times long passed. The building has one of the most complete surviving seventeenth century blast furnaces.

Heritage Hub (Archives)

Gloucestershire County Council, Heritage Hub, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 3DW
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Pre-booking not required

Behind the scenes at the Hub

Hidcote

Hidcote Manor Gardens, Hidcote Bartrim, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6LR
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join us at Hidcote to celebrate Heritage Open Days on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th September, and enjoy free entry to the garden. Join one of our introductory talks to find out all about Hidcote from one of our knowledgeable garden guides.

Hillfield Gardens

Hillfield Gardens, London Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 3PL
In person
Pre-booking not required

A guided walk around these beautiful gardens.

Historic bee keeping and candle making in the Forest of Dean

The Main Place,, Old Station Way, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8RH
In person
Pre-booking required

Hear why bee keeping became popular in monasteries and try your hand at hand making a candle.

Historic Characters

St John’s Church, Northgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2AN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Overview of the many famous people who were born and lived in Gloucester.

Historic Docks

The Waterways Museum, The Docks, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2EH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Walk around Gloucester Docks

Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Vicarage, Church Road, Longlevens, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 0AJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Historic building

Jet Age Museum

Meteor Business Park, Cheltenham Road East, Staverton, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 9QL
In person
Pre-booking not required

See jet planes of the past

Journeying to Net Zero - the Challenges of Greening a Heritage Building

Bethesda Methodist Church, Great Norwood Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AP
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Pre-booking not required

Peter Boait presents a talk on how to make a period building more environmentally sustainable.

Keynsham Methodism in the footsteps of the Wesley's

Charlton Road, Keynsham, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS31 2JA
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Pre-booking not required

Explore, see and listen to the history of Methodism from the 18th century to today. Our curators will introduce you to the story of how John and Charles Wesley, and Methodists since, have influenced the growth and development of life in Keynsham.

Littledean Hall Grounds: Celts and Romans were here

Littledean Hall, Newnham Road, Littledean, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL14 3NR
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Pre-booking not required

More excavations at the site have uncovered yet more evidence of the area being occupied before the Romans arrived in Britain.

Llanthony Secunda Priory

Priory Junction, Next to Gloucestershire College, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 5FA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Step inside the restored remains of an Augustinian Priory.

Llanthony Secunda Priory Guided Walk

Llanthony Priory, Priory Junction, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 5FA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Step inside the restored remains of an Augustinian Priory.

Lonsdale Road Methodist Church

Lonsdale Road, Elmbridge, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 0TA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Special Event at the Methodist Church relating to the Yoiuth Club in the 1970s.

Lydney Masonic Centre Open Day

Masonic Hall, Highfield Road, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 4LH
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Masonic Centre is housed in a former GPO telephone exchange which was converted for masonic use on the 1990s

Lydney Skiff Project

Unit 130, Harbour Road Industrial Estate, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 4EN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore the work of a community based group building a skiff to row on the Severn. Learn about traditional boat building in the Forest of Dean.

Mariners' Church

Gloucester Docks, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2EN
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Pre-booking not required

Historic Mariners Church in Gloucester Docks

Meet the Engineers

Bridge Road, Leigh Woods, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS8 3PA
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Pre-booking required

Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust is working on a landmark project to protect the bridge's 180-year-old suspension chains. Meet the intrepid team ‘walking the chains’ to hand paint the bridge’s 4,200 individual links.

Mercers’ Hall (Masonic Lodge)

Gloucester Civic Trust, St. Michaels Tower, The Cross, Eastgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1PD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Historic building

Mitcheldean Town Hall, its history and its interesting contents

Mitcheldean Town Hall, High Street, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, GL17 0AT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit this historic building in a village which became know around the world for at least one of its industries. Originally, the hall would have provided shelter for market stalls when orchards abounded in the area.

Monks, Canons and Friars

St.Oswald's Priory, Archdeacon Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2QX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Abbeys and Priories of Gloucester.

Museum of Gloucester

Brunswick Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1HP
In person
Pre-booking not required

Various activities in the museum

Music: Bistro Blue

The Folk of Gloucester, 99-103 Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Easy listening from Bistro Blue.

Music: Bygonz Perform

St Nicholas's Church, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Musicians playing old English instruments

Music: Jennie Longvill

St Nicholas Church, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
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Pre-booking not required

Jennie Longvill performs at St Nicholas.

Music: Northwick Baroque

St. Mary De Crypt Church, Southgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1TP
In person
Pre-booking not required

Music from the Baroque period

Music: Robin Burton

The Folk of Gloucester, 99-103 Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join us for traditional English songs this Heritage Open Days.

Music: Severn Sirens

St Nicholas Church, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Heritage Open Day inspired event.

Music: Waites of Gloucester

St Mary de Crypt Church, Southgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1TP
In person
Pre-booking not required

A band of musicians playing 16th and 17th century music.

Music: Ypotryll

St Nicholas Church, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Secular music from the Middle Ages.

Nailsworth Quaker Meeting House

Quakers Close, Chestnut Hill, Nailsworth, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 0RA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Historic Quaker Meeting House In Nailsworth, Gloucestershire open to visitors

National Waterways Museum

Llanthony Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2EH
In person
Pre-booking not required

The National Waterways Museum

Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall.

Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall (Main A38), Twigworth, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 9PG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Wallsworth Hall has a curiously obscure history.

Naunton Lane Evangelical Presbyterian Church

23 Naunton Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7BJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

We're celebrating the 110th anniversary of the church here at Naunton Lane. We will be opening up the church from 3-5pm on Saturday 14th September. Do come and see us and join us for a cream tea and talk about the church's history in the local area.

NEW 2024 Immersive Soundscape

Medieval Library, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2LX
In person
Pre-booking required

Visit the Medieval Library at the Cathedral

NEW 2024 Roberts Limbricks Architects

Carriage Building, Bruton Way, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1DG
In person
Pre-booking not required

A Carriage Building in the centre of Gloucester.

Newark Park, National Trust

Newark Park House, Ozleworth, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 7PZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Newark Park will be offering free entry on 14 September as part of Heritage Open Days 2024.

Newent Market House Museum Special Opening Days

Market Square, Broad Street, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1AH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Built in 1668, Newent’s black and white Market House has been the centre of the town for over 300 years. It houses a display of local history and a large collection of local artefacts plus music history featuring locals Joe Meek and Rutland Boughton.

Oh yes it is... Seventy years of panto fun

St Stephens Church, Belle Vue Road, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL14 2AA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Celebration of the connections and networks between the Wesley Players Pantomime and the local community over the past seventy years, featuring displays and performances.

Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God

University Road, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS8 1SP
In person
Pre-booking not required

An opportunity to see the interior of our church, with information available and people to speak to. The church was built in 1888 and converted to use as an Orthodox church in 1968.

Parliament Rooms

Gloucester Cathedral, College Green, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2LX
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A unique chance to visit these three historic rooms in Church House, which was the old Deanery for Gloucester Cathedral.

Prestbury Village Walk with Roger Beacham

Prestbury Library, The Burgage, Prestbury, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3DN
In person
Pre-booking required

A walk through time in the village of Prestbury

Ram Hill Colliery

Railway Cottages, Broad Lane, Coalpit Heath, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS36 2TY
In person
Pre-booking not required

An opportunity to tour the remains of this 19th century coal mine. Visit the woodland area and the remains of the Dramway, engine house and horse gin. Donations welcome.

Rhymes and Reasons

Boots, Eastgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1PU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Famous poets brought to life.

Richard III

Emperor Nerva Statue, Southgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1TP
In person
Pre-booking not required

This tour tells of Richard III's important three day visit to Gloucester in 1483, as part of his Royal Progress. It explains the granting of the significant Charter to the city.

Rippling with life

St Mary's Chuch, Station Road, Ripple, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 6EY
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Pre-booking not required

Discover St Mary's Church, a grate I listed 12 century church in a conservation area. Tours of the church, bell tower, 15th century unique misericords interaction with Sealed Knot society members.

River Twyver Walk

Abbeydale Community Centre, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL4 4BL
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Gloucester's River Twyver

Riverside walks in Tewkesbury

Town Hall, High Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5AL
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Join our Riverside Walk to learn more about Tewkesbury's historical routes to the rest of Gloucestershire and beyond.

Robert Raikes Guided Walk

St Mary de Crypt Church, Southgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1TG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Learn more about Robert Raikes.

Roman Times

City Museum, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1HP
In person
Pre-booking required

Learn about the Romans in Gloucester

Royal Agricultural University

Stroud Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6JS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Founded in 1845, the Royal Agricultural University has been part of Cirencester for almost two centuries. The University’s main building includes a historic Dining Hall, a beautiful Quad and clocktower, a historic Tithe Barn (now the University bar!)

Royal Gloucester

St Michael's Tower, The Cross, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1PD
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Gloucester's Royal connections

Royal Hop Pole Hotel

94 Church Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5RS
In person
Pre-booking required

Guided Tours are on offer for this Grade II* building, originally three properties. Gaining Royal status after a visit from Queen Mary of Teck the Hotel is also mentioned by Charles Dickens in his novel ‘Pickwick Papers'.

Saltford Brass Mill

Mill Island, The Shallows, Saltford, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS31 3EX
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Pre-booking not required

Ancient Monument and Listed (Grade II*) remnant of the brass industry which thrived in the Avon Valley in the 18th & 19th Centuries. We show how the mill worked, how it came to survive into the 21st Century and its impact on local social history.

Saxon Gloucester

The Folk, 117-119 Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
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Pre-booking not required

Discover Gloucester's Saxon history.

Signal Box and Community Garden, Warmley

Warmley Signal Box, High Street, Warmley, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS15 4ND
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This Grade II-listed Midland Railway Signal Box will be open for visitors. It has recently been restored to mirror how it would have looked in the early 1960s when it was still a fully operating Signal Box.

Silver Singers

St. Mary De Crypt, Southgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1TP
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Pre-booking not required

A performance by a local choir.

Special Collections Sunday : Picturesque Bristol

Bristol Central Library, College Green, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS1 5TL
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Pre-booking not required

A display of books from Bristol Libraries Special Collections depicting Bristol and its surroundings from years gone by. Visit us in our historic Bristol Room for a chance to look through some lovely old and rare books from the collections.

St Christopher’s Church, Warden Hill

Lincoln Avenue, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 3DD
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Pre-booking not required

A wonderful mix of stained glass and etched windows, regular talks and self-guided tours. Bell-ringing. Tea and cake.

St Margaret's Chapel

London Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 3NR
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Pre-booking not required

Former almshouse chapel.

St Margaret’s Church Whaddon

St Margaret’s Church, Church Lane, Whaddon, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL4 0UE
In person
Pre-booking not required

St Margaret’s is a 13th century Grade II* listed church.

St Mary de Crypt Church and the Old Crypt School Rooms

St Mary de Crypt Church, Southgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1TP
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Discover de Crypt

St Mary de Lode Church

Archdeacon Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2QT
In person
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Gloucester's oldest parish church

St Mary Magdalene Chapel

Hillfield Gardens, London Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 3HN
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Remains of 12th Century leper chapel

St Mary’s Congregational Church

St. Mary's St, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2QS
In person
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Congregational church with George Whitefield connection

St Nicholas's Church

Lower Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking not required

A beautiful, medieval church to surprise you.

St. Swithun’s Church

St. Swithun's Church, St. Swithuns Road, Hempsted, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 5LH
In person
Pre-booking not required

A church in Hempsted built and dedicated to St Swithun.

Staple Hill Methodist Church

High Street, Staple Hill, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS16 5HQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore the history of our Church and area, as we celebrate 150 years in Staple Hill - our exhibition will take you on a journey from the mid 19th century to the present day. Refreshments will be served everyday.

Strongroom tours at Bristol Archives

Bristol Archives, B Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS1 6XN
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Pre-booking not required

On the 30th anniversary of Heritage Open Days, come and explore Bristol Archives and celebrate our 100th birthday as we open for our annual peak behind the scenes.

SULA Lightship

Llanthony Wharf, Gloucester Docks, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 5JQ
In person
Pre-booking required

Visit to a lightship

Tales from the river bank

The Church of Saints Peter, Paul and Mary, The Village, Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, GL14 1PA
In person
Pre-booking not required

The threat to the future life of the River Severn and the loss of historic privileges to the whole of the longest river in Britain.

Talk given by two people about free-mining

The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8RH
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Paul Baverstock and Ian Jamieson will talk of their experiences in working a Forest of Dean gale owned by a local freeminer on a part time basis. There will be a power point presentation and some examples of equipment used on show.

Talk: 2,000 Years of Gloucester Voices

The Ed Shed at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
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Two millennia of local history.

Talk: Bishop John Hooper

The Ed Shed at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
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The story of Bishop Hooper.

Talk: Cathedral Quarter High Street Heritage Action Zone

The Ed Shed, The Folk of Gloucester, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
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Learn more about the project which ran from 2020-2024.

Talk: Charles Wheatstone

The Ed Shed at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
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Locally born inventor.

Talk: Dr Francis T Bond First Medical Officer of Health for Gloucestershire

The Ed Shed at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
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A forgotten worthy of Gloucester.

Talk: Gloucester Trams

The Ed Shed at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
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Local history of trams.

Talk: How Invaders Changed Britain

The Ed Shed at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
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Effects of invasion on Gloucester & Britain.

Talk: Origins and History of Mariners Chapel

Gloucester Docks, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2EN
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Historic Mariners Church in Gloucester Docks

Talk: People & Places of Hempsted & Llanthony

St Swithun's Chrurch, St Swithun's Road, Hempsted, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 5LH
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All talks by local historian Debbie Hotchkins

Talk: Sailing for a Living

The Ed Shed at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
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Boats, owners and sailors.

Talk: The Carriage Building (Roberts Limbricks Architects)

Roberts Limbrick, Bruton Way, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1DG
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See inside the building and hear about its refurbishment.

Talk: The History of Wallsworth Hall, Nature in Art

Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, (Main A38), Twigworth, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 9PG
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Wallsworth Hall is a Georgian mansion which is now the home of Nature in Art

Talk: This is your life - LV14 SULA Lightship

The Ed Shed at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
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Captain Colin tells you of the life of a lightship.

Tewkesbury, Toll Routes, Two Rivers Connecting History

64 Barton Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5PX
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Tewkesbury is a historic hub of trade on two rivers Avon and Severn. Ancient Toll routes meet here, creating communication and community. Our museum now has a new roof, access to new displays and artefacts telling the stories of Tewkesbury.

That's Entertainment

St. Michael's Tower, The Cross, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1PA
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Sites of former cinemas and theatres

The Chapel of the Three Kings at Fosters Almshouses

Foster's Almshouses, Colston Street, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS1 5AY
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The Almshouses and Chapel are grade II* listed buildings on Colston Street. They were founded by John Foster, a wealthy 15th-century merchant, to provide accommodation for Bristol's poor and elderly.

The Developers of the Naunton Area, 1850-1950

Bath Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7NF
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Derek Scarborough leads us on a walk of the Naunton area of Cheltenham to learn about the history of this place.

The Genesis of Cheltenham's 'South Town' in the early years of the 19th century

Bethesda Methodist Church, Great Norwood Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AP
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Stuart Manton presents a talk on the beginnings of Cheltenham's 'South Town'

The hidden routes of the Forest

The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8RH
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The Hidden Routes of the Forest uncovers the hidden symphony in nature shared with you by Wilde Earth Journeys,

The Land between two Rivers

The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford Area M C T I Partnership, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8RH
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Land of Myths and Legends? An introduction to the ten days of Heritage Open Days 2024 in the Forest of Dean

The New Antiques Centre

26 Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2NG
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Believed to be Britain's finest example of a timber framed town house.

The New Antiques Centre -Guided Tour

26 Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2NG
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Believed to be Britain's finest example of a timber framed town house.

The Siege of Gloucester 1643

St Mary de Crypt Church, Southgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1TG
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Hear the story of the siege in 1643.

The Stonemasons’ Workshop

Gloucester Cathedral, Workshop of St Peter, Pitt Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2BH
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Workshop of St Peter, Pitt Street GL1 2BH

The Story of Gloucester’s Pubs and Inns

The New Inn, Northgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1SF
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A walk around Gloucester's historic pubs and inns.

The Suffolks - Cheltenham's Southern Regency Suburb

Bethesda Methodist Church, Great Norwood Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AP
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Stuart Manton leads us on a walk of The Suffolks, to learn about the history of this charming area.

Thornbury Town Hall

Town Hall, Old Police Station, 35 High Street, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS35 2AR
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Guided tours are available of the building, parts of which are not usually open to the public. Your guide will take you through its previous uses, from a tavern, to a courtroom, to a police station!

Tower Tours at St Mary's Church, Thornbury

St Mary's Church, Castle Street, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, BS35 1HQ
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St Mary's Church in Thornbury will open its church tower to visitors, offering a climb of 133 uneven stairs to view the South Gloucestershire countryside and learn about the church bells. This opportunity is free but booking is essential.

Tramroads of the Forest of Dean

The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford Area M C T I Partnership, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8RH
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Power-point presentation and talk on the development of the tramroads of the Forest of Dean

Two Westbury Churches and their history in the Dean

Church of St Peter, Paul and Mary, The Village, Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, GL14 1PA
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The Church of St Peter, Paul and Mary occupies the same site as the Bell Tower, previously a church in its own right. The site has a history going back to the Crusades and then the English Civil War. Enjoy the present use of this amazing combination.

Visit St Anne's Church at Oxenhall, near Newent

St Anne's Church, Oxenhall, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1RH
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Visit a church built in the 14th century, rebuilt in the 17th century following a design by Provincial Architect, John MIddleton.

Visit the Deputy Gaveller in his office

Bank House, Bank Street, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8BA
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The Office of Deputy Gaveller is unique to the Forest of Dean, currently held by Daniel Howell He is the Monarch's representative who deals with many issues in connection with the gales and mines within the Forest.

Westgate Street and Cathedral Quarter Heritage Walk

Gloucester Civic Trust, St. Michaels Tower, The Cross, Eastgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1PD
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Learn about Westgate Street and its history.

WILLIAM CHAMPION'S GARDEN & GROTTO

Kingswood Heritage Museum, Tower Lane, Warmley, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS30 8XT
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The remarkable surviving Grade II 18th century garden of brassworker William Champion with a giant statue of Neptune and astonishing hidden grotto with a central pool surrounded by 6 grotesque faces with gaping jaws opening into subterranean tunnels.

Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Winterbourne Court Farm Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS36 1SE
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Visit the magnificent Winterbourne Medieval Barn as we celebrate our 20th year of Heritage Open Days. Explore the site, view original medieval timbers and speak to our tour guides about its history: from medieval to modern.

Winterbourne Parish Church

Winterbourne Parish Church, Church Lane, Winterbourne, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS36 1SE
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The late twelfth century Grade I listed Parish Church of St Michael, surrounded by its historic churchyard, sits in a rural Conservation Zone. It has significant remains from the 14th century to the present day, evidence of its continuing use.

Woodchester Mansion

Woodchester Mansion, Woodchester Park, Nympsfield, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, GL10 3TS
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Visitors can see this unique unfinished Grade I listed Gothic Revival house, built 1857-67, and understand how it was constructed. Take a self-guided tour or join guided tours at 1145 and 1430.

Wotton House

International School, Horton Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 3PR
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Join us for a journey into the past at Wotton House. The Grade II listed building dating from the early 18th century was built for Thomas Horton.

Wotton House Talk: The History and Archaeology of Wotton House

Gloucestershire International School, Horton Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 3PR
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Wotton House has been part of the Wotton Landscape since 1707 and educating students for the past 100 years.