North West

Properties and events in North West

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

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‘From The Grass Roots’.

British Lawnmower Museum, 106-112 Shakespeare St, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 5AJ
In person
Pre-booking required

A unique cutting edge one hour guided tour around the British Lawnmower Museum, by Curator, Author & ex Racing Champion Brian Radam. From the grass roots of the first Lawnmower to untold fascinating stories of WWI & WWII to the first robot mower

‘Remember when - Shopping in Didsbury’– a talk by Local Historian Dr Diana Leitch

Elm Grove, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 6RL
In person
Pre-booking not required

A nostalgic look back at the changing highstreets of Didsbury and Didsbury Village by local historian Dr Diana Leitch.

“Get Back” to The Fab 4 Beatles walking tour of Southport

Mermaid Fountain, outside Sainsbury’s, Lord street, 592 Liverpool Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 3BQ
In person
Pre-booking required

Follow the footsteps of The Beatles during 1962 and 1963 when they appeared in Southport town centre at 6 venues, performing almost thirty times before conquering the global music and modern culture scene.

A Memorable Moment at The Municipal Hotel

The Municipal Hotel & Spa, Dale Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 2DH
In person
Pre-booking required

To celebrate Heritage Week, The Municipal Hotel & Spa will host Heritage Tours, offering a unique glimpse into the Municipal Building's rich history as the former home of the Liverpool City Council.

A Railway Town and its Park: Victorian Foresight

The Bowls Pavilion, Queens Park, Victoria Avenue, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 7SE
In person
Pre-booking not required

To reflect on the words at the Park's dedication: "A Park to provide pleasure and happiness to the community for generations to come." Richard Moon, 1887.

A step back in time at St Paul's Church

St. Pauls Centre, Hightown, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 3BY
In person
Pre-booking not required

An opportunity to join our knowledgeable guides to tour the historic and splendid St Paul’s Church. Our baptism, wedding and funeral service archives will be available to view, with original drawings of the first building plans for the church.

Accessible journeys: Discover the canals on the Mary Sunley

Nelson Pit Car Park, Lyme Road, Higher Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1TH
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for a special Heritage Open Days event celebrating the theme of Routes, Networks, and Connections with a scenic canal boat tour of the Poynton Canal aboard the fully accessible Mary Sunley.

Advertising communication through the ages, from travel to telephones

Unit 14, Adswood Industrial Estate, Adswood Road, Stockport, Cheshire, SK3 8LF
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Our Heritage Open Day event will focus on the role of print advertising in promoting means of communication from the very earliest days, in such areas as transport, wired and wireless communication and everything sent by post.

Alexandra Park Manchester

Alexandra Park, 180 Russell Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M16 7JL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit Chorlton Lodge in Alexandra Park Manchester. We will be showing our especially commissioned film about the history of the park at 1230 and again at 1330.

All Saint’s Church with St John the Baptist, Habergham

Padiham Road, Habergham Drive, Padiham, Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 6LG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit this lovely Victorian church, not usually open to the public.

All Saints & Martyrs Church, Langley, Middleton

All Saints & Martyrs Church, Wood Street, Middleton, Lancashire, M24 5GL
In person
Pre-booking not required

The amazing Langley Cross. Sculpted in aluminium by Geoffrey Clarke, it is probably the artist’s biggest commission.

All Saints Childwall

102 Childwall Abbey Road, Childwall, Liverpool, Merseyside, L16 0JW
In person
Pre-booking not required

The earliest recorded Christian presence in Childwall is l086. All Saints is the oldest Parish Church in Liverpool and is a Grade One listed building. Although the oldest part of the building is 14th century, Saxon stones can be found in the Church.

An Alphabet of Croston

The Old School, Church Street, Leyland, Croston, Lancashire, PR26 9HA
In person
Pre-booking not required

An Alphabet of Croston – a milestone in our history.

An intriguing Ghost Walk around Historic Knutsford

Royal George Building, Regent Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6GR
In person
Pre-booking required

As the mist rises from Knutsford's moor, you will follow your guide to experience some of the most bizarre and unusual paranormal events ever to occur in Knutsford

Archive Stories with Donna Claypool at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre

17 Oak Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 5JD
In person
Pre-booking required

As part of Heritage Open Days 2024, join Donna Claypool for a free talk on the importance of Bolton Museum's extensive pattern book collection and her time at Manchester Craft and Design Centre.

Ashton Freehold - the Route to a New Suburb

Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, Lancashire, PR2
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover a Victorian suburb created in Ashton-on-Ribble by a freehold land society, an early type of building society.

Ashton Freehold Connected - Sewers, Services and Supplies

Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, Lancashire, PR2
In person
Pre-booking required

A tour of a Victorian suburb revealing the challenges of connecting water, gas and electricity supplies, sorting out sewers, setting up regular bus and tram services and staying safe on the streets.

Ashton Freehold Networks - Sisters, Servants and Soap

Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, Lancashire, PR2
In person
Pre-booking required

Take a stroll round the mid-Victorian suburb of Ashton Freehold and discover some of its early residents and the networks - family, business, religious and geographical - that connected them.

Aspects of Mossley

Mossley Heritage Centre, Emmaus, Queen Street, Mossley, Lancashire, OL5 9AH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Stagecoaches, canal boats, secret railway tunnels, postcards from a bygone era, Terry Waites' clogs and even army phones. The photos, displays and artefacts in our Heritage Centre will bring the history of our little mill town to life.

Bamford Chapel and Norden URC. Illustrated talk at 2pm. Come take a look around this historic building and find out more about it's fascinating history.

Norden Road, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL11 5PQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Bamford Chapel has been at the heart of the community since 1801. Come and take a look around and listen to an illustrated talk to learn more about the fascinating social history of this non-conformist chapel.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Manchester - A Hindu place of worship

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Lees Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL6 8BQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A modern building incorporating traditional design and artwork with guided tours provides an insight into Hindu beliefs and practice.

Beating the Bounds of Greasby

Mill Lane, Greasby, Cheshire, CH49 3NG
In person
Pre-booking required

Whilst bathed in late summer sunshine and surrounded by hedgerow fruits and berries, we will walk the entire perimeter of the township of Greasby, exploring the natural features which determined its course and the many clues to the lives of past

Bebington Cemetery Guided History Walk

Town Lane, Bebington, Cheshire, CH63 5JF
In person
Pre-booking required

Bebington Cemetery was opened in 1868, following a population increase.

Behind the scenes of The Conservation Studio

People's History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3ER
In person
Pre-booking required

Go behind the scenes of The Conservation Studio at People's History Museum. Learn about the world’s largest collection of trade union and political banners, how techniques of production have changed and how the museum’s collection is cared for today.

Behind the Scenes Tours: Crewe Station

Crewe Railway Station, Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6HR
In person
Pre-booking required

Join Avanti West Coast for a behind-the-scenes tour of Crewe Station.

Behind the Scenes Tours: The Lyceum Theatre

Crewe Lyceum, Lyceum Theatre, Heath Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2DA
In person
Pre-booking required

Go behind-the-scenes at Cheshire’s historic theatre. You’ll explore the Grade II listed auditorium and go backstage to see areas normally only open to performers!

Bells of St Paul’s

St Paul's Church, Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, SK15 2PT
In person
Pre-booking not required

St Paul’s Parish Church Stalybridge will be open to the public on Saturday, 14th September with the opportunity to view our bell tower and enjoy our Saturday cafe. A warm invitation is extended to all.

Bidston Community Archaeology

Tam O Shanter Urban Farm, 25 Boundary Road, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH43 7PD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Excavation of the Pig Field Site commenced in 2011 to learn about the people who lived and worked on this land.

Bidston Lighthouse

Bidston Lighthouse, Wilding Way, Bidston, Cheshire, CH43 7RA
In person
Pre-booking required

Guided tours of Bidston Lighthouse and Telegraph Station.

Bidston Observatory Artistic Research Centre Events

Bidston Observatory, Wilding Way, Bidston, Cheshire, CH43 7RA
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover an observatory that was built in 1866 Bidston Observatory on one of our guided tours.

Bidston Windmill

Bidston Hill, Vyner Road North, Bidston, Cheshire, CH43 7PD
In person
Pre-booking not required

A brick-built tower mill used for grinding corn from 1800 until 1875.

Birkenhead Park Heritage Walks

Birkenhead Park Pavilion, Park Drive, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH41 4HY
In person
Pre-booking required

Start and Finish at Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre. Walk takes about 1½ hours.

Birkenhead Priory & St Mary's Tower

Birkenhead Priory, Priory Street, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH41 5JH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Birkenhead Priory is a nearly 900 year old Scheduled Ancient Monument and home to the oldest standing building on Merseyside. The first ferry across the Mersey began here with the Benedictine monks from 1150. Explore our Chapter

Blackburn Quaker Meeting House

Friends Meeting House, Paradise Lane, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 1LY
In person
Pre-booking not required

1824-2024 You are invited to come visit with Quakers as we celebrate 200 years of worship at the Friends Meeting House, Blackburn.

Booths Hall, Booths Mere and ruins of St Helena’s chapel

Booths Hall, Booths Patk, Off Chelford Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8GS
In person
Pre-booking required

Tour of Booths Hall and business park followed by a circular walk to St Helena’s ruins, returning via Booths Mere.

Brimstage Heritage Orchard Apple, Pear & Plum Day

The Orchard, Brimstage Hall, Brimstage Road, Wirral, Merseyside, CH63 6JA
In person
Pre-booking not required

A delightful orchard of olden-days fruits to visit see, pick and taste next to one of the oldest buildings in Wirral. It is open to visitors just a few days each year, but welcomes helpers and supporters for special events, workdays and courses.

Broughton in Amounderness Heritage Centre and Church Cottage Museum

Church Cottage Museum at Broughton C of E Primary School, Church Lane off Garstang Road, Broughton, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 5JB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Guided Tours of Church Cottage (1590), restored Museum 1995, part of Broughton Heritage Centre and including Parish Church and National School. Includes 'Peasants Hovel', Sleeping Gallery, Inn, School Room, Parlour, Wash House, Cart Shed and Garden.

Building of Bromborough Pool

1 The Green, Bromborough Pool, Wirral, Cheshire, CH62 4TT
In person
Pre-booking required

Autism Together will be facilitating guided and self-guided tours of Bromborough Pool Village and opening up its heritage buildings to visitors,

Byrne Avenue Baths Heritage Tours

Byrne Avenue Baths, Byrne Avenue, Rock Ferry, Cheshire, CH42 4PQ
In person
Pre-booking required

A fully guided tour of the 1930’s Art Deco style Byrne Avenue Baths begins outside this Grade II listed building with a historical and architectural background to the Baths.

Castle Hill Halton

Opposite Church Brow, Halton, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 6LS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Site of Norman Motte and Bailey Castle - Open for first time in advance of access works to make the site open to the public. Short display of proposed access improvement works.

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre & Museum

Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 0DF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit Catalyst and explore the routes, networks and connections that link this once industrial area with the local community!

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum

Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 0DF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit Catalyst and explore the routes, networks and connections that link this once industrial area with the local community!

Central Lodge, Birkenhead Park

27 Ashville Road, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH41 8AU
In person
Pre-booking not required

This is a self guided tour with explanatory descriptions in each room. Central Lodge is one of the 8 gatehouses built in the early 1840s as part of the original Birkenhead Park.

Children's Ghost Tour Taster

Chester Town Hall, Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ
In person
Pre-booking required

Come and join local tour guide Ann Coward for a special Ghost Tour.

Christ Church United Reformed Church, Port Sunlight

Christ Church, Church Drive, Port Sunlight, Cheshire, CH62 5EF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Picturesque garden village of Port Sunlight built end of 19th century, originally constructed by Lord Lever as a home for workers at his soap factory, Lever Brothers, which eventually became Unilever.

Christ Church, Lancaster

Wyresdale Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 3EA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Christ Church is a beautiful Grade II listed building, with stunning views across the Bay. Having been a Chapel for the Lancaster Workhouse and Lancaster Royal Grammar School, it remains a place for worship loved by many in and beyond the parish.

Christ Church, Timperley

Christ Church, Thorley Lane, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15 7AN
In person
Pre-booking not required

We celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the first service held in Christ Church, Timperley, this September. Our 'box pew' records indicate who was instrumental in establishing the church in the community. Discover who they were and what they did.

Christ Church, West Didsbury

Darley Avenue, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2ZD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover our Alabaster and marble WWI memorial and gain an insight into the consecration and opening of the church.

Church of Our Lady of Reconciliation de la Salette

3 Eldon Place, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 6HE
In person
Pre-booking not required

" A complete revolution in church building "- The Tablet , 1860. See it for yourself.

Church of St. Vincent de Paul , Liverpool L1 5EE

13 Hardy Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 5JN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Although this inner city dockland church is almost as the architect Edward Welby Pugin left it in 1857 , it is in no sense a museum !The dynamic commitment of its team of clergy and volunteers have developed its diverse local focus.

Church Open Days

St Michael-in-the-Hamlet Church, St Michael's Church Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L17 &BD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come to visit our Grade One listed 'Cast Iron' Church with its spectacular east window. One of only two churches in England supported by its cast iron frame, not the walls..

Classic Liverpool Bus Running Day

Street of Liverpool, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 1AB
In person
Pre-booking not required

To celebrate this year's Heritage Open days Theme of Routes, the Merseyside Transport Trust will be running Classic Buses from our collection giving people the opportunity to travel on buses from Yesteryear on a variety of routes in Liverpool.

Clogs On Broadway

24 Yorkshire Street, Bacup, Lancashire, OL13 9AE
In person
Pre-booking not required

A Collection of Bacupian Memories Through Words, Pictures, Sounds, and Artefacts

Collieries and Canals: Walking Tour

Anson Engine Museum, Anson Road, Poynton, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 1TD
In person
Pre-booking required

Explore Poynton's industrial history with local historian David Kitching.

Connecting Liverpool Institutions and Enslavement

The Bluecoat, School Lane, School Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 3BX
In person
Pre-booking required

Michelle Girvan and Lucy Moynihan will explore connections between enslavers, merchants and others involved in The Bluecoat and The Athenaeum.

Costume Day at Port Sunlight Museum

Port Sunlight Museum, 23 King Georges Drive, Port Sunlight, Cheshire, CH62 5DX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join us as we step back in time to 1913 to celebrate Heritage Open Day, uncovering stories of sunlight.

Crawshawbooth Quaker Meeting House

13 Co-Operation Street, Crawshawbooth, Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4 8AG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Early 18th Century 2* listed Meeting House situated in a walled peace garden/burial ground near the Limey Water and pack horse bridge with an attached cottage originally built for a teacher and school as was needed at the time. Historical information

Crewe Heritage Fair

Crewe Heritage Centre, Vernon Way, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2DB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Crewe is at the heart of the British Transport Network. Join us for a fun packed day for all the family to discover how the people of Crewe have kept the country running by rail, road and air.

Crewe Heritage Walking Tours

Britannia Statue, Memorial Square, Earle Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2BJ
In person
Pre-booking required

Join Councillor Ben Wye for a walk around Crewe Town Centre to explore our heritage and share fascinating stories and memories of our town.

Croxteth Hall

Croxteth Hall & Country Park, Croxteth Park, Liverpool, Merseyside, L12 0HB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Croxteth Hall & Country Park is a unique historical estate surrounding a magnificent stately home and Victorian Walled Garden bursting with history and heritage.

CWGC Tours 2024 - Liverpool (Anfield) Cemetery

Anfield Cemetery, 238 Priory Road, Anfield, Liverpool, Merseyside, L4 2SL
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for a Commonwealth War Graves tour of Liverpool (Anfield) Cemetery

Daisy Nook Canal History Walk

Daisy Nook Country Park, Stannybrook Road, Newmarket Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, M35 9WJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Guided walk at an easy pace to see and hear about the surprising number of historic features in this small section of the Droylsden to Hollinwood canal and hear some of the history of the canal and the area. The walk will take around 90 minutes.

Dale Farm Open Day & Heswall Dales Guided Walk

51 Oldfield Road, Heswall, Cheshire, CH60 6SN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Dale Farm dates from the 1830s. It operated as a smallholding until 1973 when it was bought by Wirral Urban District Council. The original farmhouse underwent major restoration 1983-85. It acts as a centre for adults with learning and / or physical

Darwen Vale High School

Blackburn Road, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 0AL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Photos and archives dating from the 1900s to more modern times. Our Student Ambassadors are able to provide a tour around our amazing 21st Century facilities. Refreshments are available from our dining hall where we have our Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Didsbury Church of England Primary School

Elm Grove, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 6RL
In person
Pre-booking not required

The present site dates from 1878 with a Grade II listed Arts and Crafts building designed by John Swarbrick, a member of the Manchester Society of Architects and modelled on the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Didsbury Library

Didsbury Library, 692 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2DN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover the Carnegie Library which was built in 1915.

Discover the Hartley Hut

Hartley Hut - Museum of Liverpool, Mann Island, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 1DG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join us for a rare opportunity to see the Hartley Hut. Located on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront, join our own dock gatemen as he shares stories about the hut and explore finds from recent dockside excavations with the archaeology team.

Discover the Secret Cold War Bunker in Brindle

Brindle Cold War Bunker, Denham Lane, Brindle, Lancashire, PR6 8PR
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover Brindles cold war nuclear bunker.

Discovering Ancient Meols

Meols Parade,, Meols, Cheshire, CH47 7AU
In person
Pre-booking required

A mindful late summer walk at the very unique and beautiful northern end of Wirral.

Dobcroft Nature Reserve

49 Whitby Avenue, Ingol, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 3YP
In person
Book on day

Explore the intricate routes, networks, and connections that make up our natural world during our Nature-Based Open Day. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or a family seeking quality time in nature, this event has something special for everyone.

Dukinfield Old Chapel (Unitarian)

Old Chapel (Unitarian), Chapel Hill, Old Road, Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, SK16 4EN
In person
Pre-booking not required

See our imposing neo-Gothic Grade II* listed chapel with its impressive stained glass, unusual cantilever pulpit door, crypt with a mysterious well and fascinating graveyard. The chapel is part of the local Beatrix Potter Trail.

Dunham Massey National Trust - Free entry

Dunham Massey Hall, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join us for a free day out at Dunham Massey to celebrate Heritage Open Days on Wednesday 11th and Saturday 14th September. Explore the park in search of deer, follow winding paths in the garden, and discover a house filled with treasures and stories.

Eastham Victorian Pleasure Gardens

Eastham Country Park, Ferry Road, Eastham, Wirral, Cheshire, CH62 0BH
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover Eastham Pleasure Gardens. which provided extensive attractions and entertainments for day trippers on the Liverpool to Eastham ferry from the 1840s to 1920s.

Eat the Archives: Crewe

Crewe Market Hall, Earle Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2BL
In person
Pre-booking required

Ever wondered how the past tasted? Join theatre chef Leo Burtin to experience the flavour, smell, and stories of Crewe’s history. Leo will use Crewe Market Hall’s test kitchen to make a recipe based on the stories of Crewe held by Cheshire Archives.

English Martyrs' Church

English Martyrs Church, St. Georges Road, Wallasey, Cheshire, CH45 6TU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Our church, listed at Grade II* by Historic England, was designed by Liverpool architect Francis Xavier Velarde. On Sunday 8th we are also hosting our annual Afternoon Tea and Reminiscence event.

Euston Gardens Fleetwood

Euston Gardens, The Esplanade, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6
In person
Pre-booking not required

The seafront area around the landmark North Euston Hotel is steeped in history as the location where Fleetwood's growth began in the past. Learn more about the park's fascinating history and contents.

Explore Nantwich Geology

Pillory Street, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5BQ
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for a specially designed guided tour of Nantwich: What is Geology? It's all around us, millions of years in the making and we walk past it and use it every day. Just how special is it and where does it come from?

Fairfield Moravian Settlement

Fairfield Moravian Church, 29 Fairfield Square, 10 Fairfield Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M43 6AD
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Fairfield Moravian Church and Settlement are of unique importance nationally, being the largest of its kind in Britain. It has been made into a Conservation Area with all of its buildings listed as being of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

Family Fun Day

Heron Corn Mill, Mill Lane, Beetham, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7PQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join us on Saturday 14th of September as we throw open our doors and celebrate Heritage Open Days with an extra special family fun day!

Family-Friendly Painting: Horse from History

Crewe Market Hall, Earle Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2BL
In person
Pre-booking required

A free paint-along suitable for all the family. Join local artist David Jewkes to paint a historic horse from Crewe’s past! Choose from one of two different poster designs to customise- change the name, colour, and even personality of your horse!

Farfield Mill

Farfield Mill Ltd, Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LW
Online & In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit Farfield Mill a Victorian Woollen Mill, discover the history of wool weaving in Sedbergh. See heritage displays throughout the Mill and access our new digital guide.

Farms and Fields of Frankby

Frankby Road, Frankby, Cheshire, CH48 1QJ
In person
Pre-booking required

Farms and Fields of Frankby: Enjoy a late summer walk over one of Wirral’s best preserved ancient landscapes.

Farms and Fields of Irby

Mill Hill Road, Irby, Cheshire, CH61 4UF
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover the unassuming little dormitory town of Irby, which contains fields, hedgerows and buildings which tell us a great deal about the lives of our ancestors during the last thousand years.

Find out about Quakers

Garstang Quaker Meeting, Calder House Lane, Bowgreave, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 1ZE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Garstang Quaker Meeting House was built in 1829 and is a good example of the early simple form of meeting houses, it has Grade II listed status. 2024 sees the celebration of the 400th Anniversary of George Fox, the founder of The Quakers

Flaybrick Chapels and Cemetery

Flaybrick Cemetery, Tollemache Road, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH41 0DG
In person
Pre-booking not required

A public cemetery opened in 1864 and extended in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The layout was designed by Edward Kemp and the buildings by local architects Lucy & Littler. Building listed Grade 2*.

Fleetwood Lower Lighthouse

The Esplanade, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6HF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Go inside the iconic Lower Lighthouse and see the working light.

Fleetwood Masonic Hall

32 The Esplanade, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6HF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Fleetwood Masonic Hall is taking part in Heritage Open Days and is open this Sunday 15th September between 10am and 4pm. Please feel free to come and have a look around.

Fleetwood Museum

Fleetwood Museum, 6-7 Queens Terrace, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6BT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Fleetwood's newly Independent Museum gives the opportunity to learn about the history of Fleetwood from the time of sand hills and rabbit warrens through the years of being an important fishing port to the present day.

Floral Journeys: The heritage and craft of canal boat roses

Civic Hall, Park Lane, Poynton, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 1RB
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for an engaging demonstration and talk on the art of canal boat roses, with an opportunity to have a go yourself.

Free Admission to the Judges' Lodgings Museum, Lancaster

Castle Hill, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1YS
In person
Pre-booking not required

A rare opportunity to visit the oldest townhouse in Lancaster for free.

Friends of St Helens Cemetery - Heritage Walking Tour

St. Helens Crematorium, Rainford Road, Windle, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 6DF
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for a captivating Heritage Walking Tour at St Helens Crematorium, Rainford Road.

Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels - Williamson’s Tunnels

Joseph Williamson's House Site (House Façade with Blue Plaque), Opposite No 39 Mason Street, Edge Hill, Liverpool, Merseyside, L7 3EW
In person
Pre-booking required

Deep below Liverpool's streets are the historic Subterranean tunnels & chambers, built by Georgian philanthropist and merchant Joseph Williamson; come for a guided tour, find out about the unique history of this corner of Edge Hill, Liverpool.

From Chorley to America with the Pilgrim Fathers

Union Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1EB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit St Laurence's Parish Church in Chorley to hear of our history of serving the local community since the 13th Century, and how Miles Standish, one of the Pilgrim Fathers, used to worship here with his family.

Gawthorpe Hall

Gawthorpe Hall, Habergham Drive, Padiham, Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 8SD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Gawthorpe Hall will be open for FREE as part of national Heritage Open Days

Geology, Landscape & History of Bidston Hill

Wilding Way, Bidston, Cheshire, CH43 7RA
In person
Pre-booking required

Explore an important local landmark and country estate. A beacon for ships entering the port of Liverpool, its science led to safer global navigation.

Grane Mill Haslingden

GEM Trust, Grane Mill, Laneside Road, Haslingden, Lancashire, BB4 5PP
In person
Pre-booking not required

Grane Engineering Museum is a work in progress where community volunteers are bringing this Edwardian Steam Mill back to life after decades of neglect. See its mighty 500hp mill engine, looms in the weaving shed and other engineering exhibits.

Grange Hill: a Landscape of Remembrance

Hoylake and West Kirby War Memorial on Grange Hill, West Kirby, Cheshire, CH48 4ES
In person
Pre-booking required

A gentle and mindful walk over Grange Hill and Grange Cemetery, taking in the War Memorial and many of the epitaphs in the cemetery which tell the stories of local people affected by 20th century wars

Guided tours of St Michael's Burgh by Sands

St Michael's Church, St Michael's Church, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA5 6AW
In person
Pre-booking not required

St Michael's Church stands on the site of the Roman fort of Aballava on Hadrian's Wall and is made of stone from the wall itself. It has had an interesting history over the centuries and is well worth a visit.

Guided walk to the Transporter bridge

47 Old Liverpool Road, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 1AF
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Find out all about Warrington Transporter, what's it for, why is it there and what is its future?

Hadlow Road Station

Hadlow Road Station, Hadlow Road, Willaston, Wirral, Cheshire, CH64 2UQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Hadlow Road Station is an historic railway station preserved as they were in the 1950s.

Halton Heritage Partnership: A Love Letter

Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 1SX
In person
Pre-booking required

To celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Halton Borough, a very special performance is launching at Norton Priory Museum and Gardens on 6th September at 4:00pm . This performance, by renowned storyteller Gav Cross, will form a love letter of connections.

Hamilton Square Heritage Tour: Hamilton Square start point

Hamilton Square rail station entrance, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH41 1AL
In person
Pre-booking required

Birkenhead Hamilton Square Heritage Tour focusing on the Anti-Slavery Movement

Hamilton Square Heritage Tour: Town Hall start point

Birkenhead Town Hall, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH41 5EU
In person
Pre-booking required

Birkenhead Hamilton Square Heritage Tour focusing on the Anti-Slavery Movement

Hare Hill gardens and parklands

Hare Hill, National Trust, Over Alderley, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4PY
In person
Pre-booking not required

A tranquil wooded garden, surrounded by historic parkland, with a delightful walled garden at its heart

Hare Hill House, Littleborough

Hare Hill House, Hare Hill Park, Hare Hill Road, Littleborough, Greater Manchester, OL15 9HE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Hare Hill House dating from the late 18th century has been at the centre of the development of Littleborough for almost 250 years. Currently being transformed to create a much needed and valued community heritage asset.

Haslam Park and Local Nature Reserve

Haslam Park, Bristow Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 1JE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join an informative guided walk to hear about the north-south link of the Lancaster Canal to Preston since the late 18th century. Explore the Local Nature Reserve. Wander around the park. Visit website for Tree trail, virtual Fly Tour.

Hazlehurst Studios Open Day

71 High Street, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 1AH
In person
Pre-booking preferred

On Thursday, 12th September, visit our renovated Grade II listed building at 71 High Street and the adjoining original premises at 73a High Street. See our latest exhibition, meet resident artists, join workshops, and purchase artwork

Heaton Hall Manchester Open Days

Heaton Hall, Heaton Park, Manchester, St Margaret's Road Entrance, Prestwich, Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, M25 2GT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Heaton Hall is normally only open on the second Sunday of each month from April to September. For the Heritage Open Days we are opening on both the Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th September from 12 noon until 4 pm.

Heights Chapel Delph Open Weekend

Heights Chapel, Heights Lane, Delph, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL3 5TU
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Chapel will be open, with displays, 1330-1630 both days. Short Evensong 1600 on the 15th Grave yard Tours weather dependent

Heritage Open Day at The Reader

The Mansion House, Calderstones Park, Liverpool, Merseyside, L18 3JB
In person
Pre-booking preferred

This Heritage Open Day, we’re celebrating our Mansion House home with a day of live music, performances from local community groups, crafts and good food.

Heritage Pub Trail in Rochdale Town Centre

The first stop of the trail will be The Pioneers Museum, 31 Toad Lane, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL12 0NU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Rochdale town centre is a real haven for pub venues and we are so lucky to have such a great offering of chains and independents. The trail will involve visiting 9 historic venues which includes a temperance pop up bar within the Pioneers Museum.

Heritage Tours with Bryan Biggs

The Bluecoat, School Lane, School Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 3BX
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Join Bryan Biggs, our Director of Cultural Legacies, for a tour of our Grade I listed building.

Hilbre Island

Dee Lane, West Kirby, Cheshire, CH48 0QG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Friends of Hilbre Island Open Day Hilbre Island's Telegraph Station, Lifeboat Station and Buoymaster’s Store

History, Archaeology & Nature at Wirral Country Park

Wirral Country Park Visitor Centre, Station Road, Thurstaston, Cheshire, CH61 0HN
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us at one of Wirral’s most historical and beautiful locations, next to the Dee Estuary at Thurstaston. Admire the views in the late winter sun and learn about the natural and human forces which moulded the landscape we see around us today.

Holy Cross Parish Church, Woodchurch

Holy Cross Church, Church Lane, Upton, Cheshire, CH49 7LS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Grade II* listed medieval church dating from 12th century, enlarged, altered and enhanced serving the people of the 21st century.

Holy Name Church Guided Visit

339 Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9PG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Church open Mon-Fri 1000-1200, & 1300-1600 Sat 7 Sep 1300-1700, Sun 8 Sep 1230-1700, which show how it is used for worship and the history of the building and the community worshipping here for the last century and a half.

Holy Trinity Church Kendal

Kirkland, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Display of clergy copes and stoles

Holy Trinity Church Kendal - Mark's Gospel

Kirkland, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Hear Mark's Gospel read in the beautiful surroundings of the Parr Chapel.

Holy Trinity Church, Horwich

Holy Trinity Horwich Parish Church, Church Street, Horwich, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL6 6AA
In person
Pre-booking not required

A warm friendly church with many interesting features. Displays by Horwich Heritage & others.

Holy Trinity, Kendal Parish Church

Kendal Parish Church, Kirkland, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AF
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Visit our magnificent Bell Tower. Climb to the ringing room and then to the bell chamber in the company of our Bell Captain and team of ringers.

Hooton Park Hangers

The Hangers, The Hanger's Airfield Way, Hooton, Wirral, Cheshire, CH65 1BQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

See many light and jet aircraft on display or being restored. Other transport artefacts include vehicles, tram, and engines are also on display.

Inns and Outs of the Coaching Era in Knutsford

Courthouse, Toft Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0PB
In person
Pre-booking required

A guided walk of the old Coaching Inns of Knutsford!

Invitation to Explore the Brunner Guildhall

Brunner Guild Hall, High Street, Winsford, Cheshire, CW7 2AU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Rare chance to see inside the Brunner Guildhall, a cherished Grade II listed building, generously donated to Winsford Town Council in 1897 by Sir John Brunner. Delve into its rich history and uncover hidden treasures at our exclusive open day event.

Journey of Possibilities at National Trust Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank Mill, Quarry Bank Road, Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA
In person
Book on day

Follow the Howlett's journey from Buckinghamshire, via road and water, to begin their new life at Quarry Bank.

Kendal Unitarian Chapel

Branthwaite Brow, Market Place, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4TN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover Kendal's hidden gem: the town's oldest nonconformist chapel, built in 1720, with a unique Multi-faith Garden of Remembrance.

King Edward Street chapel

4 King Edward Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 1AA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Built in 1690, King Edward Street chapel is one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in Macclesfield. It was among the very first non-conformist chapels to be built in the UK and has been a Unitarian Chapel since the 18th Century.

King Street Arts (Lancaster) CIC

5A King Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1JN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Rebuilt in Art Deco-Style in the 1930’s, Climb the Escher like staircase to see artists at work in their studios. You can see a special exhibition of artists completed work and work in-progress. There is also the chance to join free taster workshops.

Knutsford, our streets through time

Knutsford Library, Toft Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0PG
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Book talk by Author Jenny Collis. Find out who and what inspired her to write about the history of Knutsford streets!

Lancashire Mining Museum Battle of Britain Afternoon tea and Bevin Boys display

Lancashire Mining Museum, Higher Green Lane, Astley, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M29 7JB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Commemorating the Battle of Britain and coal mining during the Second World War, remembering the Bevin Boys who were drafted into the coal mines to help the war effort. The winding engine will be running, and the lamp room and cottage will be open.

Lancashire Police Museum & the Detective quiz

Lancaster Castle, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1YJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Opening specially on Saturday 7 September for Heritage Open Day. We have a new and free quiz for budding detectives out there.

Lancaster Grand Theatre

Lancaster Grand Theatre, St. Leonards Gate, Lancaster Grand Theatre, St Leonardgate, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1NL
In person
Pre-booking not required

This year, Lancaster Footlights & Grand Theatre proudly open their doors once more for another fantastic Heritage Open Days event—completely FREE to the public!

Lancaster Quaker Meeting House

Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1TX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Quakers first worshipped in Lancaster in 1652 at first in each others homes until a Meeting House was built. Our present building is one of the oldest in Lancaster surrounded by a burial ground.

Let's Sketch Upton

Arrowe Park Road, Upton, Cheshire, CH49 0UD
In person
Pre-booking not required

This is an Urban Sketching event in which participants will sketch/draw/paint outdoors. Artists will be encouraged to focus on locations mentioned in the Upton Heritage Trails. Advice will be given on getting started with Urban Sketching. Participant

Little Moreton Hall

Little Moreton Hall, Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4SD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover Little Moreton Hall on our Heritage Open Day and explore the topsy-turvy Tudor house.

Long Street Methodist Church and School

97 Long Street, Middleton, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M24 6UN
In person
Pre-booking not required

One of Middleton's 'Golden Cluster' of historic buildings, this Arts and Crafts inspired church and former schoolrooms is a masterpiece designed by Edgar Wood (1860-1935

Longridge: from Romans to railways

Longridge Heritage Centre, Station Buildings, Berry Lane, Longridge, Lancashire, PR3 3JP
In person
Pre-booking not required

Journey into the past and discover the history and heritage of Longridge. Our interactive pop-up museum will celebrate the routes, networks and connections which played a part in the history and development of our town.

Lost Picture Palaces of Lord Street – a guided walk by Stephen Fenerty

Ribble Buildings, Garrick Parade, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1RN
In person
Pre-booking required

Explore the heyday of the 'Cathedrals of the Movies' lining Southport's Lord Street in the 1930s with Southport-born cinema historian, Stephen Fenerty.

Lucilla Dramatic Society

18 Victoria Road West, Crosby, Liverpool, Merseyside, L23 8UQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Sefton’s best kept secret? Find out by coming to the Lucilla Dramatic Society Open Day and discover over a 100 years of heritage and our plans for the future.

Luneside Open Weekend

26 Castle Park, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1YQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit Luneside Artists Studios. Meet the artists, view our group exhibition, explore studio spaces and see work in progress. This will be an opportunity to learn about the history of the studios and contribute to our fundraising by purchasing items.

Makers, Music & Masonry

61 Ellesmere Street, Leigh, Greater Manchester, WN7 4LQ
In person
Book on day

Ever wondered what happens inside a Freemason's lodge? Gain access to the mysteries and secrets of the lodge room for one day only whilst also enjoying our family-friendly makers, music and masonry festival. Live music, artisan markets, and more.

Manchester Islamic Centre and Didsbury Mosque

271 Burton Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2WA
In person
Pre-booking not required

A warm welcome to this interesting Centre and Mosque is guaranteed.

Marine Hall, Fleetwood

The Esplanade, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6HF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover this beautiful Art Deco Theatre, built in 1935. During your visit see the ballroom and its stunning glazed dome taking centre stage. There will be an exhibition of heritage photographs depicting ‘The Story of Fleetwood’ and the Marine Hall.

Marshside Fogbell

Adjacent to 176 Marshside Road, Marshside, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9SZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Opportunity to see and learn about the history of this small but unique building with a fascinating history, now in the stewardship of NW Heritage CIC and currently being restored.

Melrose Hall, Hoylake

Melrose Hall, 6 Melrose Avenue, Hoylake, Cheshire, CH47 3BU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Melrose Hall is in the centre of the village, used by many organisations and especially part of Old Hoylake.

Mere Brow Smithy

29 The Gravel, Mere Brow, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 6JX
In person
Pre-booking not required

An opportunity to see a working traditional blacksmiths forge , once to be found in every village, sadly all too rare nowadays.

Mersey Tunnel Tours - Georges Dock Building

Georges Dock Building, George's Dock Way, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 1DD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Georges Dock Building will open its doors for the weekend to let visitors see behind its Art Deco exterior. Tours of the building are available on the day on a first come first served basis. There will be a small display of artefacts and photographs.

Middleton Parish Church

St. Leonards Square, Middleton, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M24 6DJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore the Grade I listed church of St Leonard dates from 1100 and was rebuilt 1412 incorporating Norman arches and enlarged 1524.

Milnrow Parish Church (St James the Apostle)

St. James Street, Milnrow, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL16 3JT
In person
Pre-booking not required

St James The Apostle, Milnrow Visit this Grade II listed Church which has been on its present site for over 150 years.

Moot Hall Council Chamber

Moot Hall, Boroughgate, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, CA16 6YB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Recently refurbished (2022), the Moot Hall is still used for its original purpose. Official Town Council Business is conducted in the Council Chamber, just as in centuries past. Downstairs now hosts the Tourist Information Centre and Exhibition Room.

Mount Pavilion

The Esplanade, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7
In person
Pre-booking not required

A chance to see the mechanism of the war memorial clock dedicated to the fallen of the 1st World War.

Murgatroyd's Brine Pumps

Murgatroyd's Brine Pumps site, Brooks Lane, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 0JG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Murgatroyd's Brine Pumps are the last brine pumps on their original hand-dug shaft in the UK.

National Waterways Museum

South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Author/musician Tom Kitching, accompanied by mandola player, Marit Fält, will be performing a special storytelling and music concert tour, ‘Where There’s Brass’ at this free Canal Town event.

Ness Botanic Gardens

Ness Botanic Gardens, Ness Gardens, Neston Road, Ness, Cheshire, CH64 4AY
In person
Pre-booking required

Ness Botanic Gardens was born of the Liverpool cotton merchant, Arthur Kilpin Bulley’s passionate interest in plants and his desire to share that interest with others.

New Brighton Heritage and Information Centre

St James's Church, Albion Street, New Brighton, Cheshire, CH45 9LF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Very few towns know exactly when they were created. In 1832 James Atherton.

New Brighton: Ups and Downs of a Seaside Resort

Marine Promenade, New Brighton, Cheshire, CH45 9LF
In person
Pre-booking required

This is a walk around New Brighton with an en-route talk about the development of the resort - the various downturns and regenerations. How its decline of popularity over 200 years was influenced by an evolving transport system and inconsistent prosperity.

New Ferry Butterfly Park

Howell Road, New Ferry, Cheshire, CH62 5BJ
In person
Pre-booking required

The tour will consider the effect of industrial processes on the biodiversity of the park. Fitting in with the national theme for 2024 "routes-network and connections” the location of the park will be discussed.

Newland Charcoal Iron Furnace

Newland Iron Furnace, Newland, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7QG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visitors will get the chance to look around the Newland Charcoal Iron Furnace. There will be an exhibition of the furnace's history and operation and guided tours will be given to explain things further. There are a number of new exhibits on display.

Newton Common Lock Keeper’s Cottage: A History

Newton-Le-Willows Public Library, Crow Lane East, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, WA12 9TU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join members of the Sankey Canal Restoration Society for a free book launch, discovering the history of the cottage and its recent excavation.

Next stop Morecambe

29 Royalty Mall, Arndale Centre, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 5DH
In person
Book on day

Morecambe’s Railway Heritage

No:7 Bottle Shop - Cannington Shaw

Cannington Shaw, Linkway East, 38 Coach Road, Barrow Nook, St Helens, Merseyside, WA9 3AL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and enjoy getting up close and personal with an heritage icon of the glass industry. Be amongst the first in many years to see and touch this unique building, and enjoy two fantastic days of talks, workshops and fun for the kids.

Open Building: All Saints' Church

All Saints Church, 79 Stewart Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 8LX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore this beautiful building full of local history. With displays of how the church came to Crewe, children's activities and a chance to look around this diverse buildings there will be something of interest for everyone.

Open Building: Explore St Peter's Church, Crewe

St. Peters Church, Earle Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2AG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore this beautiful building full of local history. With displays of how the church came to Crewe, children's activities and a chance to look around this diverse building there will be something of interest for everyone.

Open Building: Family History Unit

Family History Unit, 2nd Floor, Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2BJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Family History Unit contains a wealth of resources to help with your family history, house history or local history research projects. A chance for all to visit and view our collections.

Open Building: Union Street Baptist Church

Union Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 7DJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

An opportunity to see in a traditional Victorian chapel, built more than 140 years ago, which has maintained a strong and secure presence within an ever-changing neighbourhood and has formed part of the lives of so many people in the town of Crewe.

Open Building: YMCA Cheshire

189 Gresty Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6EL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join YMCA Cheshire in the GLO Cafe to find out more about the importance of this locally listed building.

Open Buildings: Explore St Andrew's Church

St Andrew's Church, Bedford Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6LE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore this beautiful building full of local history. With displays of the building and congregation's history, children's activities and a chance to look around these diverse buildings there will be something of interest for everyone.

Open Day - Museum of Policing in Cheshire

Warrington Police Station, Arpley Street, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1JG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Step into Cheshire Police history and visit our fabulous museum. With hundreds of exhibits, our fantastic volunteers will guide you through the museum and our rich history of policing.

Our Hidden Faces - Survivor Arts Exhibition

156 Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6BG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Survivor Arts Exhibition is now in its 11th year. Every piece on display has been created by a survivor of abuse of some form. Everyone involved with the exhibition has given their time, energy, passion and skill for free.

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Cavendish Street, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH41 8AQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Our Lady’s church is a Grade II listed building designed by renowned architect Edward Welby Pugin. On 8 December 1860, Bishop Brown laid the foundation stone of the new church, which opened two years later, on 25 May.

Oxton Guided History Walk - Arno

Sainsburys Supermarkets Ltd, 342A Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH42 8PQ
In person
Pre-booking required

A walk exploring the history of Oxton village, its development from agricultural beginnings to the community it is today with stories of the people and events that helped shape it.

Oxton Guided History Walk - East

Rose Mount/Village Road, Oxton, Cheshire, CH43 5SF
In person
Pre-booking required

A walk exploring the history of Oxton village, its development from agricultural beginnings to the community it is today with stories of the people and events that helped to shape it.

Oxton Guided History Walk - West

Rose Mount/Village Road, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH43 5SF
In person
Pre-booking required

A walk exploring the history of Oxton village, its development from agricultural beginnings to the community it is today with stories of the people and events that helped to shape it.

Oxton Guided History Walk - Williamson

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Slatey Road, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH43 4UE
In person
Pre-booking required

The walk starts and finishes at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Slatey Road, CH43 4UE

Oxton Guided History Walk - Women of Oxton

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Slatey Road, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH43 4UE
In person
Pre-booking required

A walk examining the lives and achievements of some notable Oxton women including a diarist, a doctor and a policewoman and including women’s struggle for the vote.

Panto Costume Design Workshop

Studio Theatre, Crewe Lyceum Theatre, Heath Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2DA
In person
Pre-booking required

Join our panto costume design workshop at Crewe Lyceum Theatre! Inspired by the rich history of past pantomimes, you will collaborate with a local professional costume designer to create a unique costume for a character from Beauty and the Beast.

Pie and Paint: A Picture of the Past

Crewe Market Hall, Earle Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2BL
In person
Pre-booking required

Grab your friends and join local artist David Jewkes to paint a stunning street scene taken from Crewe’s past! At this relaxed and social class, we’ll provide you with canvas, paints, and advice so you can create your very own window into the past.

Pottery at Nantwich Museum

Pillory Street, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5BQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A fun drop in pottery workshop with Chester artist Neil Glendinning at Nantwich Museum's Millennium Gallery. A great introduction to using clay and discovering more about the history of locally found pottery.

Poynton Heritage Fair

Civic Hall, Park Lane, Poynton, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 1RB
In person
Pre-booking not required

We're celebrating heritage crafts with local craftspeople to bring you a fair in celebration of Heritage Open Days!

Prescot Parish Church - 800 years of history

Church Street, Prescot, Merseyside, L34 3LA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Built in 1610, the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin is the 4th church to stand on the site since the 15th century.

Preston Cleansing Department

Argyll Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 6JY
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Discover the fascinating history of dealing with Preston's rubbish on the site of an early 'manure depot'. Tour site of the former 'refuse destructor' built in the 1880s to collect, sort and burn waste.

Preston Markets Heritage Walk

Box Market, Earl Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2PT
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover the ever-evolving history of Preston's markets - including the Market Hall and Box Market under the Grade II listed canopies built in 1875 and 1925.

Preston Masonic Hall - 80 years on Saul Street

Ashlar House, 2 Saul Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2QU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Freemasons moved into Saul Street in September 1944. They brought furnishings that now dates back over 200 years. Tour the whole of the building guided by Masons in full dress regalia Visit the FREE local artists and photographers exhibition

Preston Town Hall

Box Market, Earl Street, Preston, Lancashire, pr1 2rl
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit the council Chamber, at the heart of the Town Hall and discover how local decisions are made. See the splendid Civic regalla and learn about its fascinating history. And complete your tour meeting the Mayor in the Mayor Parlour.

Prince of Wales: Guided Tours

Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1JS
In person
Pre-booking required

We are inviting our local community to join us for Guided Tours around our beautiful Grade 2 listed Prince of Wales Hotel on Monday 9th September 2024 from 11am until 2pm

Quaker Meeting House, Birkenhead

Birkenhead Meeting House, 83 Park Road South, Prenton, Merseyside, CH43 4UU
In person
Pre-booking not required

This Grade II listed building is an interesting example of a late 19th century Quaker Meeting House. It was designed by George Enoch Grayson in an Arts and Craft style and built in 1892.

Radbroke Hall (Barclays Technology Centre), Knutsford

Radbroke Hall, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 9EU
In person
Pre-booking required

Built during the First World War as a luxury family home in the style of a French chateau, Radbroke Hall has been at the centre of Barclays technological innovation since the 1970s.

Radcliffe Parish Church of St Mary, Greater Manchester/ Eco/Environment

Church Green, Radcliffe, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M26 2QA
In person
Pre-booking not required

St Mary's is a Grade I listed building, parts of which date to the 13th century. James de Radcliffe 1355-1410 is interred inside. Nearby are the ruins of the de Radcliffe's ancestral home - Radcliffe Tower, and the Grade II Tithe barn circa 1700.

Rediscover St Mary’s – Past, Present and Future

St Mary's Church, St Mary's Road, West Bank, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 0DP
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come along to St Mary’s in Widnes for an opportunity to explore the past, present and future of this historic Grade II* listed church and the heritage of its local community.

Restoration of the oldest working Signal Box in the world built in 1861 by the Stockton & Darlington Railway

Stainmore Railway Company Ltd., Kirkby Stephen East Station, South Road, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4LA
In person
Pre-booking not required

The return to working order of a long-abandoned signal box constructed by the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1861.

Riding Retro: Poynton to Avro vintage bus ride

Civic Hall, Park Lane, Poynton, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 1GP
In person
Pre-booking required

Take the same route displaced miners did after the closure of the Poynton collieries, and journey to their new place of work... the nearby A.V Roe Factory. Because we can, we're doing it in vintage style - on a 1966 Routemaster bus!

Rochdale Canal - Co-ops and Connections

Lock 50 Rochdale Canal, Oldham Road, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL16 5RD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and meet staff and volunteers from the Co-op Heritage Trust and Canal and River Trust to find out how the Rochdale Canal was part of the Co-ops success story.

Rochdale Old Fire Station

Fireground, Old Fire Station, Maclure Road, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL11 1DN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Fireground museum of firefighting , with tours of the fire station building and former ballroom

Rochdale Parish Church of St Chad

Rochdale Parish Church of St Chad, Sparrow Hill, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL16 1QT
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Parish Church has stood on the hill overlooking the town for well over 1000 years. Records of vicars go back 830 years. An illustrated booklet is available to purchase.

Rochdale Town Centre Heritage Trail

Floor 3, Number 1 Riverside, Smith St, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL16 1XU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Rochdale Development Agency will celebrate the town's history and culture be creating a Heritage Trail of interactive events and activities on the weekend of 7th and 8th September, taking audiences on a tour of hidden gems and historical tales.

Rock Park Social History Walk

New Ferry Road, New Ferry, Cheshire, CH62 1DX
In person
Pre-booking required

This is a walk around Rock Park – highlighting its social history and significance. The buildings are Grade II Listed and the New Ferry – Rock Ferry coast is designated an SSSI (Site of Specific Scientific Interest).

Royal Liverpool Golf Club House

Royal Liverpool Golf Club, 30 Meols Drive, Hoylake, Cheshire, CH47 4AL
In person
Pre-booking required

An opportunity to visit Royal Liverpool Golf Club, one of the most historically significant Clubs in ‘World Golf’ for a guided heritage tour of the facility that has hosted thirteen Open Championships.

RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands

RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Puddington Lane, Burton, Cheshire, CH64 5SF
In person
Pre-booking not required

RSPB Dee Estuary nature reserve, Burton Mere Wetlands, Puddington Lane, Burton CH64 5SF

Rubbish to Resource - See your recycling in action

Longley Lane, Sharston, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M22 4RQ
In person
Pre-booking required

Behind the scenes at the recycling centre.

Rufford Old Hall

Rufford Old Hall, 200 Liverpool Road, Rufford, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 1SG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Enjoy free entry for all to Rufford Old Hall on Saturday 7 September 2024.

Runcorn & District Historical Society Open Evening

Wicksten Drive Christian Centre, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 5UX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Runcorn & District Historical Society Heritage Open Days. “Networks” display, featuring our travelling and trade routes by road, water, and rail. Free entry, every welcome, light refreshments available. Wicksten Drive Christian Centre, Runcorn

Saddleworth St Chad Parish Church

Church Lane, Uppermill, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL36LW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Saddleworth St Chad Church known as the ‘Parish on the Moor’ is listed by Historic England as a Grade II* building ‘at risk’. This means that the building is of special interest and warranting every effort to preserve it.

Salford Road Solar Farm

Salford Road Solar Farm, Salford Road, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL5 1DG
In person
Pre-booking required

See how sunlight is converted into electricity! Your chance to visit the largest public sector owned solar farm in the North West. See how sunlight is being used to generate electricity and why it is near the waste treatment facilities.

Scarisbrick Mausoleum

198 Rufford Road, Crossens, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 8JH
In person
Pre-booking not required

We will be opening the doors of this beautiful Grade II listed building to the public on Saturday 7th September 2024, one of the hidden gems of North Meols cared for by NW Heritage CIC & Friends of Scarisbrick Mausoleum.

Sefton St Helen's Church

Bridges Lane, Sefton Village, Liverpool, Merseyside, L29 7WG
In person
Pre-booking not required

A unique opportunity to visit a place of continuous Christian worship - 'The Cathedral of the Fields', which recently celebrated its 850th anniversary. Guides available, family research, child-friendly activities and a cafe will be provided.

Shakespeare North Playhouse: A Guided Tour

Prospero Place, Prescot, Merseyside, L34 3AB
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Want to know more about why Shakespeare North Playhouse was built? Why in Prescot? Why it won ‘Theatre Building of the Year 2023’ at The Stage Awards? Look no further!

SHOP Preston x New Wave 2024

3 Syke Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 3XA
In person
Pre-booking not required

SHOP Preston to host open day at No. 3 Syke Street. No. 3 is a community space and studio, we will be displaying a mixture of work including: archival material, building history, workshops and art events delivered from our New Wave 24 collaboration!

Sir William Inman - Evening Talk

St Mary's Church, Church Road, Upton, Cheshire, CH49 6JZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

An evening talk by Dawn Inman-Wyness 'Sir William Inman, local resident, benefactor & shipping line owner'

Sizergh - Gunpowder Walks

Sedgwick, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0JZ
In person
Pre-booking required

Come and marvel at the remains of the New Sedgwick gunpowder works on the Sizergh estate, and learn some of their secrets.

St Aidan's Church Open Day

Manchester Road, Sudden, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL11 3EL
In person
Pre-booking not required

An opportunity to visit this Grade II* Temple Moore Church.

St Andrew's Church Eccles

Chadwick Road, Eccles, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M30 0NZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Grade II* Victorian Church open for people to look round with self guided leaflets or with guided tours

St Andrew's church Penrith

St. Andrew's Church, St. Andrew's Place, Penrith, Cumbria, Cumbria, CA11 7XX
In person
Pre-booking not required

This lovely Church is open every day from 9am to 5pm, and can be found in the centre of the town.

St Andrew's United Church

Rowson Street, New Brighton, Cheshire, CH45 2LY
In person
Pre-booking not required

Built in 1870, St Andrew’s United Church is a largely Victorian building with some later additions.

St Andrew’s Church

Church Road, Bebington, Wirral, Cheshire, CH63 3EZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

St. Andrew's is a grade 1 listed building.

St Anne’s Church, Edge Hill

7 Overbury Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L7 3HJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit this beautiful church which is 178 years old and explore its distinctive architecture. Witness the diverse multicultural communities which are part of its past and present history.

St Bridget’s Church, West Kirby

St. Bridgets Church, St. Bridgets Lane, West Kirby, Wirral, Cheshire, CH48 3JT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Anglican church, dedicated to St Bridget, history of worship for over 1000 years.

St Cuthberts Church

St. Cuthberts Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 7NN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Southport's oldest Church dating back to 1178

St Gabriel's Parish Church, Prestwich

St Gabriel's Parish Church, Bishops Road, Prestwich, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M25 0HT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore inside a rare Art Deco church, built in 1932-33, and see an exhibition telling the story of the local community - through contemporary local magazines, photographs, original maps and parish registers, from 1910.

St George's Hall

St. Georges Hall, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JJ
In person
Book on day

A wonderful opportunity to visit the Great Hall in the Grade I listed St George's Hall. Located in the heart of Liverpool City Centre, St George's Hall is one of the greatest examples of neo-classical architecture in the world.

St Hilary of Poitiers Parish Church,Wallasey

St. Hilarys Church, Church Hill, Wallasey, Cheshire, CH45 3NH
In person
Pre-booking not required

The current church on the site was built in 1859. The Old Tower in the grounds dates from 1537 and contains a Norman Font. The Church has a Willis organ and several stained glass windows, including a recently restored West Window.

St Hildeburgh's Church, Hoylake

St. Hildeburgh Church, Stanley Road, Hoylake, Merseyside, CH47 1HL
In person
Pre-booking not required

St Hildeburgh’s Parish Church is a Grade II listed building. It was first listed in 1986.

St James with St Thomas Church. Poolstock. Wigan. Greater Manchester.

St. James Centre, Church Street, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN3 5DZ
In person
Book on day

Climb the tower steps and enjoy a Bell ringing experience. See the experts at work and maybe have a go yourself. Visit our beautiful church and enjoy a free tour. Faith cafe open on a pay as you feel basis.

St James’ Church, New Brighton

14 Albion Street, New Brighton, Cheshire, CH45 9LF
In person
Pre-booking not required

St James is a Grade II listed building (Listed 1986) which is a Gothic Revival church of 1854 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, with elaborately painted canted chancel, five bay north and south arcade.

St John the Baptist Church

Dowling Street, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL11 1EX
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Church contains one of the largest pieces of artwork in the North West.

St John the Evangelist Church

Thomas Lane, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, Merseyside, L14 5NR
In person
Pre-booking not required

188 year old church with crypt, graveyard and refurbished hall.

St john the Evangelist church Walton Warrington

St John the evangelist church, Old Chester Road, Walton, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 6TQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Located in the conservation village of Walton, Warrington, described as a mini cathedral, the church was built by Sir Gilbert Greenall, Bart. for the Walton estate workers. The church is in gothic style built in 1885 of Cheshire sandstone.

St John the Evangelist's Church, Sandiway

45 Norley Road, Sandiway, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2JU
In person
Pre-booking not required

St-john the Evangelist's Church, Sandiway's Heritage-Day will take place on Saturday 14th September. Information will be available for all ages about this beautiful John Douglas Grade II listed church and refreshments will be served.

St John's Church Ellel near Lancaster

Chapel Lane, Galgate, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 0PW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Spend an afternoon looking round a hidden gem of a country church in the depths of rural Lancashire. Whilst not the oldest parish Church in the area, St Johns is full of history, as you will see!

St John’s Church Tour

Church Hill, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6DH
In person
Pre-booking required

Guided tour of St John’s Church

St Luke's Church Heywood

York Street, Heywood, Lancashire, OL10 4NN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Many Beautiful Stained Glass Windows to see, Archives not usually on show will be available to view

St Luke’s Heritage Day

St Luke's Church, Pit Lane, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 9HU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Tours of this ancient church and graveyard. Tours Historic the Village of Farnworth Light refreshments available

St Margaret's Church

St. Margaret's Church, Rufford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M16 8AE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover St Margaret's Church this Heritage Open Day, with beautiful stained glass windows, carved oak pews and church furniture.

St Margaret's Church

St. Margarets Road, Prestwich, Greater Manchester, M25 2QB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and look round our beautiful church. Refreshments available.

St Mary and St Helen Parish Church, Neston

High Street, Neston, Cheshire, CH64 9TZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A beautiful and peaceful Parish Church with a display of Viking Stones, Stained Glass windows and many other historical features.

St Mary's Church Heritage Display

St Mary's Church, Church Road, Upton, Cheshire, CH49 6JZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

There will be a display about the Parish of Overchurch (Upton), and its various Parish Churches, from Saxon times.

St Mary's Church, Beaumont

St Mary's Church, Beaumont, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA5 6EF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit St Mary's Church in Beaumont and listen to the story of this historic site.

St Mary's Church, Birch

Langley Lane, Birch, Heywood, Lancashire, OL10 2QJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover the heritage of St Mary's Church through a display of photographs and church records.

St Mary’s Church - Newton Hyde

Bower Court, Off Talbot Road, Newton, Hyde, Greater Manchester, SK14 4HL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Grade II listed Church of England church. Stained glass windows. Interior elements include fixed pews and galleries with box seating. Other fixtures include a stone font and pulpit, a wooden lectern, and various memorial tablets.

St Mary’s Church, Eastham

Stanley Lane, Eastham, Cheshire, CH62 0AQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

St Mary’s, Grade II listed, mainly 14 th century in origin, with Victorian restoration, many Kempe stained-glass windows, Saxon font.

St Mary’s Church, Liscard

Withins Lane, Wallasey, Cheshire, CH45 7NQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Grade 2 Church built in 1876. Fine example of Mid-Victorian architecture. Broad interior without aisles, stained glass windows in Whall style. Recent Church registers available for inspection.

St Michaels & All Angels Roman Catholic Church

St. Michaels & All Angels Presbytery, New Hey Road, Wirral, Cheshire, CH49 5LE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Saint Michael and All Angels Church was one of the first Vatican II-inspired churches in the Diocese.

St Nicholas Blundellsands 150th Anniversary

St. Nicholas Church, Bridge Road, St. Nicholas Church, Crosby, Merseyside, L23 6SA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Marvel at the fine craftsmanship, reflecting affluent Victorian Blundellsands; Appreciate efforts to restore the building; focus in 2024 on the 150th anniversary of the church ; new guided tours featuring stained glass and wall memorials.

St Nicholas Church

Newport Avenue, Wallasey, Cheshire, CH45 8QJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A memorial church built in memory of James and Jane Harrison (Harrison Shipping Line) in gothic revival style with exceptional stone and wood carvings.

St Nicholas Church, Burnage

408 Kingsway, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M19 1PL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Major architectural landmark on one of Manchester's busiest arterial roads.

St Oswalds Church

Bidston Village Road, Bidston, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH43 7QT
In person
Pre-booking not required

St Oswald's Church in Bidston, Wirral, is a historic 13th-century Anglican parish church. Renowned for its Gothic architecture and stunning stained glass, it has long been a community and spiritual hub. Join us on Wirral Heritage Day to explore its r

St Peter's Church, Firs Lane

Firs Lane, Leigh, Leigh, Greater Manchester, wn7 4sb
In person
Pre-booking not required

St Peter's Church is situated in Leigh Greater Manchester and is a Grade II* listed building built in 1881. One of the most interesting features in our church is the pulpit, which came from Manchester Catherdal during the Second World War.

St Peter's Parish Church, Stockport - History Display and chance to look around

St. Peters Square, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 1NZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Consecrated in 1768 St Peter's Church in St Peter's Square, Stockport, is a tranquil retreat from the busy town centre. Come and have a look around inside, learn about our history from a new display, light a candle or just pause for refreshments.

St Wilfrid's Halton, Heritage Open day

Church Brow, Halton, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 6LS
In person
Pre-booking not required

The beautiful historic Church of St Wilfrid's Halton will be open Saturday 14th September 2024, 10.30 am to 4 pm. See the unique Sigurd Cross in the Church yard, take a tour up the tower and explore the inside of this lovely church.

St. Chad's Church Heritage Open Days (2024)

St. Chad's Church, Old Hall Lane, Kirkby, Merseyside, L32 5TH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover the history of this ancient site, with our stunning Victorian building, including tours up to see the bells in the tower.

St. Clement Toxteth

St. Clement's Church, Beaumont Street, Dove Street, L8 OUX, Liverpool, Merseyside, L8 0UX
In person
Pre-booking not required

GRADE 2* STAR LISTED BUILDING The interior of the church with hammer beam roof and the history of the church and parish. pictures of previous vicars and parish.

St. Matthew's Church Stretton Open Day with tower tours

St. Matthew's Church, Stretton Road, Stretton, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 4NT
In person
Pre-booking not required

St. Matthew’s Church heritage and local history with visits to the tower to learn about bell ringing.

St. Michael's Church, Bowness on Solway

St. Michael's Church, Bowness-on-Solway, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 5AF
In person
Pre-booking not required

A late Norman Church on the Solway Firth, Cumbria.

St. Oswald's Church, Backford

St. Oswald's Church, Church Lane, Backford, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 4BE
In person
Pre-booking not required

A wonderful opportunity to see St. Oswald's Church, Backford which is not usually open to the public.

St. Patrick's Church

Park Place, Liverpool, Merseyside, L8 5RA
In person
Pre-booking not required

In Toxteth , at the Mother Church for South Liverpool's Catholics, you can see " One of the finest altar pieces in the United Kingdom "- "The Crucifixion " by Niciase de Keyser of Antwerp c 1834.

St.George's Church, Mossley

Stamford Street, Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL5 0HT
In person
Pre-booking not required

"The Cathedral of the Pennines", St. George's Church Mossley will be opening its doors again this year for HODs 2024 and we are focusing on Routes - Networks - Connections

Stockport Garrick Theatre

Stockport Garrick Theatre Ltd, Exchange Street, Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK3 0EJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Take a backstage guided tour of Stockport Garrick Theatre. Audience members usually only see the public rooms and the auditorium, this is an opportunity to look behind the scenes. Plus a history presentation and photo ops.

Stockport Town Hall

Stockport Town Hall, Edward Street, Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK1 3XE
In person
Pre-booking required

Stockport Town Hall is thrilled to be throwing open its doors to celebrate Heritage Open Days 2024. Come and find the devils head, discover the trouble with toilets and view rooms used for filming of Peaky Blinders and Coronation Street.

Storeton Woods Guided Walk

Marsh Lane, Storeton, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH63 5PP
In person
Pre-booking required

A guided walk of Storeton Woods

Storey Discovery Trail

The Storey & Gardens, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1TH
Online & In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover the links between The Storey building and the associated walled gardens of fruits & flowers. Follow The Tasting Garden tree-shaped path network to fruit trees and new fruit sculptures. Find the local connections on a route around the block.

Tabley House Collection

Tabley House, Tabley Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0HB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit the State Rooms of Tabley House (1761-1769) which was once home to the Leicester family, and discover a unique collection of paintings, furniture and memorabilia which give an insight into their lives.

Take a Journey into Padgate and Fearnhead's Past

Fearnhead Cross, Insall Road, Padgate, Warrington, Cheshire, WA2 0HD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Take a Journey into Padgate and Fearnhead's Past on Saturday 7th September 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at Padgate Library.

The Anson Engine Museum Open Day

Anson Engine Museum, Anson Road, Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1TD
In person
Pre-booking not required

A fascinating insight into Poynton's local history, with displays of live historic steam engines.

The Big Halton Heritage Nature Watch

Runcorn Promenade, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 1DH
In person
Pre-booking required

Join Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust and Hazlehurst Studios on 14th September, for a family-friendly walk from Runcorn Promenade to Wigg Island. Enjoy nature spotting, art, and ecology activities. Part of Halton's 50th Anniversary

The Bluecoat's Cultural Web

The Bluecoat, School Lane, School Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 3BX
In person
Pre-booking required

Bryan Biggs, the Bluecoat’s Director of Cultural Legacies, charts the networks and connections in the early 20th century that were behind the building’s transformation into the UK’s first arts centre.

The Old Dock Tour at Liverpool ONE

The Old Dock, 2 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool ONE, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 8LW
In person
Pre-booking required

Free 30-minute drop-in sessions to The Old Dock underneath Liverpool ONE as part of Open Heritage Days, in collaboration with National Museums Liverpool and Liverpool ONE. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore The Old Dock and ask questions.

The Old Parsonage

Old Parsonage, Stenner Lane, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2RQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Home of Fletcher Moss Alderman, philanthropist, JP and author. The house is now a community space. A rare stained glass sundial window has been installed in the building.

The River Weaver and its water: the good, the bad and the ugly

Jubilee House, St. Pauls Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2QA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Talk given by Helen Cooke from Nantwich Museum. Part of the Family History Society Crewe Group Talk Series.

The Women's Line

Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Women’s Line is a snapshot of Macclesfield-resident women’s family trees presenting their female lines artistically through highly personal mixed media portraits and memories, opening September 6th at the Silk Museum.

Thingwall Viking Trail

The Basset Hound, 107 Barnston Road, Thingwall, Cheshire, CH61 1AS
In person
Pre-booking required

Professor Steve Harding - author of Ingimund’s Saga - and Sue Bishop take us around one of the most historical sites in NW England – Cross Hill, believed to be the site of the “Thing” Assembly or parliament of Wirral’s Norse settlers

Tour of St Cross church, with optional walk to notable sites in Cross Town

St Cross Church, Mobberley Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8EL
In person
Pre-booking required

Tour of St Cross church and history presentation. This will be followed by an optional walk to war the memorial and sites of Thorneyholme House and Woodland House.

Tour of the Mechanics Institute, birthplace of the TUC.

Mechanics Centre Ltd, 103 Princess Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 6DD
In person
Pre-booking preferred

The Mechanics Institute is a grade II* listed building it is best known as the birthplace of the TUC which was founded in the building in 1868, and Manchester's two universities have their roots in the building.

Tours of the Historic Library

Hawkshead Grammar School Museum, Main Street, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0NT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Hawkshead Grammar School Museum is opening up the historic Library, especially for Heritage Open Days! The library is usually closed to the public, so this is a great opportunity to see inside and hear more about the people who built the collection.

Tower Tours

St Andrew's Church, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7XX
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Guided tours up the tower - seeing the bells up close - if dry, looking over the town of Penrith from the tower roof.

Trinity with Palm Grove, Oxton

Trinity With Palm Grove Church, 63 Alton Road, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH43 1UZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore this splendid Grade II listed church, opened in 1866 and built in the Gothic Revival style. The sanctuary includes a remarkable gallery.

Twelve Centuries of Upton's History - a Heritage Walk

Warwick Park, The Woodlands, Upton, Cheshire, CH49 6NQ
In person
Pre-booking required

This walk includes the site of the Norman church and churchyard, which is believed to be built on the site of a Saxon church and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Uncomfortable Histories Talk

23 King George's Drive, Port Sunlight, Cheshire, CH62 5DX
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us this September in our free, thought provoking, 1 hour Uncomfortable Histories talk and Q&A that will explore a broader picture of Port Sunlight’s past, delving into the history of William Lever’s colonialist enterprises. Appropriate for ages

University of Central Lancashire Library and Special Collections

The Library, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and explore artefacts and records from UCLan's Special Collections. A selection of items will be available to browse and Fran the Archivist will be on hand to answer any questions. There will be time for an optional tour of the library as well.

University of Central Lancashire Tunnels to Rooftops Campus Tour

University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Join an historical tour of the University of Central Lancashire's Preston campus finishing with panoramic views from the rooftop terrace of the new Student Centre.

Upton Heritage Trail

Wirral Borough Council, Upton Library, Ford Road, Upton, Cheshire, CH49 0TB
In person
Pre-booking required

The walk covers the village, starting at Upton Library (Ford Road, Upton, CH49 0TB), including four of Upton’s five listed buildings. Visits to some of these buildings will be included.

Vernon Mill Artist Studios Arts - Celebrating 25 years!

Third Floor, Vernon Mill, Mersey Street, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 2HX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Welcome to Vernon Mill, a historic cotton mill where traces of its former use are still to be seen. For 25 years there have been artist's studios here. Please celebrate with us by visiting the studios and enjoying the events we are organising.

Victoria Hall

Victoria Hall, Main Street, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6DP
In person
Pre-booking not required

Enjoy a Guided Tour of the Victoria Hall, Grade II listed, on Main Street in the pretty, coastal gem of Grange-over-Sands. It houses a beautiful 292 seater Hall with balcony, also the old Council Chamber and Council Offices. Refreshments available.

Victoria Hall: Swan Movies Night

Victoria Hall Community Trust, Victoria Hall Walk, Bebington, Cheshire, CH63 8AB
In person
Pre-booking required

Local group Swan Movie Makers are back by popular demand, presenting an evening of archive films to entertain those interested in local heritage around Wirral and Merseyside.

Visit Britain's First Mosque

8-10 Brougham Terrace, Liverpool, Merseyside, L6 1AE
In person
Pre-booking preferred

The earliest recorded mosque in Britain was founded in a Liverpool terrace house in 1889. The Muslim Institute was established by a group of 20 British converts to Islam, led by Sheikh Abdullah William Henry Quilliam (1856-1932).

Visit Darwen Heritage Centre

Holker House, Railway Road, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 2RG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Holker House, Railway Road, BB3 2RG, Darwen, Lancashire Opening times 10.00-15.00 Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Visit our Renew Hub

Nash Road, Trafford Park, Stretford, Trafford, Greater Manchester, M17 1SX
In person
Pre-booking required

Come and see where the items donated by the people of Greater Manchester are repaired, upcycled and put back into reuse!

Visit St.Mary's Church, Great Sankey

Liverpool Road, Great Sankey, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 1RE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit our 18th century grade II listed church building and learn more about this place of worship and its people over the years. A wonderful mix of old and new elements, the building underwent a major restoration in 2008

Visit the Church of St Wilfrid Standish,

The Parish Church of St Wilfrid, Church Street, Standish, Wigan, Lancashire, WN6 0JT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Church will be open for visits. People will be available to explain its history. It will be possible to access the Peace Gate and the Bell Ringing Chamber. There will be a Churchyard Tour. Refreshments available

Walking the Churchgate

Hesketh Arms, Churchtown, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 7NA
In person
Pre-booking required

Join local historian, David Walshe (Secret Sand Land) as he takes you on a walking tour across Southport: From Churchtown to Birkdale and back! (return journey optional)

Wallasey Yacht Club

10 Hope Street, New Brighton, Cheshire, CH45 2LN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Wallasey Yacht Club has been sailing historic Seabird Half Rater yachts on the Mersey off New Brighton for over 100 years.

Wallaseyans Club

The Wallaseyans Club, 140-142 Grove Road, Wallasey, Cheshire, CH45 0JF
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Wallaseyans' Club houses the Wallasey Grammar School archive which is probably the most comprehensive record of any school in Wirral.

Walton Hall Open Day

Walton Hall Gardens, Walton Lea Road, Higher Walton, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 6SN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Walton Hall will be open for visitors to look around the Hall and view an exhibition showing the history of the Hall and Gardens with Volunteers available to answer any questions. Guided tours are available on request. Activity packs are available.

Warrington Museum of Freemasonry

15 Winmarleigh Street, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1NB
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Warrington Museum of Freemasonry is housed in Warrington Masonic Hall, guided tour of the building including the Lodge rooms. An opportunity to find out the truth about Freemasonry and dispel the myths.

Warrington Town Hall

Town Hall, Sankey Street, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1JG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Warrington Town Hall will be open for visitors to look around as part of the national Heritage Open Days. Free and everyone welcome to drop. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the visit to speak with guests. No booking required.

Warwick Beidge Corn Mill

Warwick Bridge Corn Mill, Little Corby Road, Warwick Bridge, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 8RE
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Grade II* listed water powered corn mill will be open this Heritage Open Days. The mill will be working producing stoneground flour and there will be produce for sale

Water Village Band - Bandroom Open Day & 'Open Practice' Session.

1036-1038 Burnley Road East, Lumb-in-Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4 9BL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Have a cup of tea whilst you explore the bandroom, find out about the history of Water Village Band (formed in 1866), and listen to a band practice session. Then you can have a go at playing a brass instrument yourself!

Wavertree Congregational Church

Wavertree Congregational Church, 12 Hunters Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside, L15 8HL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and visit the church which is more than 185 years old, features vintage wedding dress display, world war 1 remembrance plaque and baby Willis organ (listed).

Wavertree Lock Up

Wavertree Green, Lake Road, Wavertree, Liverpool, Merseyside, L15 8JS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover Wavertree Lock Up, a listed building is situated on Wavertree Village Green and over 200 years old. It originally served to house local drunks but was used to house some Irish immigrant families during the potatoes famine in Ireland.

West Kirby Museum & History Fair

St. Bridgets Centre, St. Bridgets Lane, West Kirby, Cheshire, CH48 3JT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Special displays and talks including - ‘Acacia Grove and its shops’, 'The History of the RNLI’ ‘Local Routes, Networks and Connections’ ‘Who do you think you are?’ Experts will run a Family History Help Desk.

Wharf Wide Web

Heatherfield, The Wharf, Preston on the Hill, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 4BA
Online event
Pre-booking not required

A video series exploring how one small place in England was the nexus to a global network for over 200 years, and how it helped shape the industrial revolution

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Slatey Road, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH43 4UE
In person
Pre-booking required

Join the Curatorial team for a talk on the renowned Birkenhead artist, Philip Wilson Steer, with a guide through his life and works – including works not usually on display.

Wilmslow History Tour

Bank Square, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1AN
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover Wilmslow's Hidden History. From Lindow Man to Alan Turing .

Wire 2 Wolves Warrington Wolves Rugby League Heritage Event

Halliwell Jones Stadium, Winwick Road, Warrington, Cheshire, WA2 7NE
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Warrington Wolves will open the South Stand of the Stadium for the public to view the heritage timeline of Town and Club. Past Players will support with tours and talks.

Wirral Archives - Behind The Scenes

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH41 1ND
In person
Pre-booking required

An introductory talk about Wirral Archives in the Search Room, and then a guided tour of the Strong Room.

Withington Baths Heritage Tour

30 Burton Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 3EB
In person
Pre-booking required

Withington Baths is Manchester’s last working heritage pool. Thanks to National Lottery Heritage Fund we have been able to do vital repairs to our Edwardian building. Please join us for a free tour of our much-loved building.

Woodside - Past, Present and Future!

Hamilton Square Railway Station, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Cheshire, CH41 1AL
In person
Pre-booking not required

To study the history of the maritime mercantile port area to include prom, poets, pottery and paintings.

World Museum: Inside and Out tour

World Museum, National Museums Liverpool, William Brown Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 8EN
In person
Pre-booking required

This tour looks at the materials used in building the City Museum and Library on William Brown Street. It will explain the symbolism of the decoration used in the Museum and College extension and the history of the buildings before and after WWII.