South West

Properties and events in South West

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

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

Historic building, guided tours and other activities.

"Real Tennis, Mr Sadler's Balloon, The Hereford Chicken - and other stories from the Museum of Bath at Work"

Julian Road, museum of bath at work, julian road, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2RH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Local historian Ann Cullis will reveal some of the fascinating tales associated with the unique and historic building occupied by the Museum of Bath at Work - built originally as Real tennis court in 1777.

"Sun, sea and shifting sands" - an exhibition of paintings and prints from our Museum Collection about the Teign Estuary

Teign Heritage - Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum, 29 French Street, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 8ST
In person
Pre-booking not required

This exhibition will be held at Teign Heritage Centre, Teignmouth, Devon, from 7th to 14th September, with Heritage Open Day on 14th September. Our aim is to inspire local artists to create their own response to the art for a later exhibition in 2025

135 years of Music in the Forest of Dean

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

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

Abbotsbury Abbey & St Catherine's Chapel walking tours

Chapel Hill, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4JH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join the volunteers to learn more about St Catherine's Chapel and it's local surrounding. Meeting at the Abbotsbury Abbey remains information board, a walking tour to St Catherine's Chapel.

Albert Mill Keynsham

Albert Mill, Dapps Hill, Albert Mill, Keynsham, Somerset, BS31 1UL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Albert Mill, now a private residence, dates from 1700. Explore its history with a timeline, original pieces of machinery and a special photographic display. There will be people on hand to answer questions, a quiz for children and refreshments.

All Saints' Church, Viney Hill, Present and Future

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

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

American Museum & Gardens

Claverton Manor, Claverton, Bath, Somerset, BA2 7BD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Incredible gardens, museum of American arts & heritage, interactive exhibition, shop, play area, American Garden Deli with valley view terrace.

Antony House

Antony House, Ferry Lane, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL11 2QA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Free entry to Antony House National Trust for Heritage Open Days.

Antony House - D-Day 80 walking tour

Antony House, Ferry Lane, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL11 2QA
In person
Pre-booking required

A walking talk and tour highlighting the role of Antony and Torpoint during D-Day and the Second World War.

ArtCare Open Archives

Salisbury District Hospital, Culture Club on The Green, Odstock Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 8BJ
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Drop-in to ArtCare and get special access to the archives held at Salisbury District Hospital that cover Salisbury City public health, medicine and astounding inventions from 1767 to present day.

Ashton Gatehouse

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

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

Avebury

National Trust Avebury, Avebury, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1RF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Enjoy free entry to Avebury Manor Garden and the Alexander Keiller Museum on Fri 6 and Sat 7 September 2024. The annual sculpture exhibition will premier on Fri 6 September for visitors to enjoy a diverse range of art throughout the colourful garden.

Bampton Open Tower (Devon)

St Michael & All Angels Church, Station Road, Bampton, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 9NA
In person
Pre-booking preferred

A chance to find out what happens in Bampton's bell tower - tour of the tower, demonstrations, displays and a chance to ring a bell yourself.

Bath Jewish Burial Ground

Greendown Place, Bradford Road, Combe Down, Bath, Somerset, BA2 5DD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit this beautiful cemetery, resting place of Bath's Jewish community in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Experience its peaceful atmosphere, and learn about the lives of the people buried here who came to this country from so many places.

Beatrix Potter Guided Walk

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

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

Behind closed doors tours at Stourhead House

Stourhead House, Stourton, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 6QH
In person
Pre-booking required

During Heritage Open Days, take a fascinating peek behind the usually closed doors in Stourhead House and see what takes place behind the scenes.

Behind the scenes tour of Frome Museum

Frome Museum, 1 North Parade, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1AT
In person
Pre-booking required

On the ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour of Frome Museum you will visit the vaulted basements in Bridge Street, the ‘cantilever’ staircase in the main entrance, the lower and upper exhibition Galleries, the Library and Collections Room.

Bell Ringing at St John's

Church Square, Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Somerset, BA3 2HX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Wednesday 11th September 7.30pm - 9.00pm Bell ringing practice.

Bethesda Methodist Church

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

Visit this historic church.

Biddesden House

Biddesden House, Near Andover, Hampshire, Ludgershall, Wiltshire, SP11 9DN
In person
Pre-booking required

The house was built by General Webb in 1711. You will see his equestrian portrait and paintings and furniture belonging to the present owners.

Black & White Buildings of Gloucester

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

Walking tour

Bones and Bells

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

Explore the history of St Mary de Crypt church.

Bream Heritage Walk

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

Explore the area around Bream, taking in its industrial past

Bridging the Tamar Anchorage and Under the Bridge tour

Tamar Bridge Office, Pemros Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL5 1LP
In person
Pre-booking required

A unique opportunity to walk directly beneath the road deck of the Tamar Bridge. Visitors also have the chance to view inside the underground anchorage chamber at the foot of the Tamar Bridge and learn more about this award-winning structure.

Bridging the Tamar Anchorage tour

Tamar Bridge Office, Pemros Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL5 1LP
In person
Pre-booking required

An opportunity to come inside the anchorage chamber at the foot of the Tamar Bridge and learn more about this award winning structure.

Bridgwater Baptist Church, St Mary's Street Bridgwater

Bridgwater Baptist Church, St Mary's Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3EQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

WW1 memorial and Roll of Honour. Church history and archives enabling you to trace your ancestors. Prayer space, poetry written and performed by our Church poet, user group information point, renovated premises tour with cellar cafe.

Bristol Central Library tour

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

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

Brockworth Court

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

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

Bygonz Wandering Minstrels

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

Wandering Minstrels

Cambray Baptist Church, Cheltenham

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

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

Carhampton Church Tower

St John the Baptist Church, Main Road, Carhampton, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 6NT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Climb the spiral staircase up the church tower to see where ringing takes place, the bells and the extensive views from the top.

Castle Drogo

Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Exeter, Devon, EX6 6PB
In person
Pre-booking not required

High above the Teign Gorge on the edge of Dartmoor stands Castle Drogo. Reminiscent of a medieval fortress the castle was designed and built between 1910 and 1930 by renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens for self-made millionaire Julius Drewe.

Castle Drogo's Hydro Turbine Open Day

Hydro Turbine House, Teign Gorge, Drewsteignton, Exeter, Devon, EX6 6PW
In person
Pre-booking not required

The hydro turbine house on the river Teign will be open to have a look around.

Chapel of St Lawrence

St Lawrence Chapel, High Street, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 9AG
In person
Pre-booking not required

The tour will include the Chapel, Tower: Clock and Bell room. (Due to health and safety concerns it will not include the tower roof).

Chard Carnival Street Fayre

Holyrood Street, Chard, Somerset, TA20 2AH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Chard Carnival Street Fayre will stretch the length of Holyrood Street with over 60 stalls selling lots of local produce and gifts and Entertainment, there will also be lots of information stalls and access to the historic walks from the museum.

Children's Walk

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

Walk for children

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

Church Parade, Brislington, Bristol, Somerset, BS4 5AZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

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

Church Tower Tours: Climb 100 steps and take in the view!

Church Square, Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Somerset, BA3 2HX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Church Tower Tours: Climb 100 steps and take in the view! Saturday 7th September 2pm-5pm

Cinderford Memorabilia Day

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

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

City of Wells Almshouses

City of Wells Almshouses, Bubwith almshouses Off Priest Row, Wells BA52QE, And Llewellyns almshouses Priest Row WElls BA52PZ, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2QE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Medieval almshouses with stunning gardens, a working chapel and the original Guild Hall of the city. Delicious home-baked refreshments and light lunches served all day and live music between 1400 and 1500. Free Trishaw rides into Wells available

Clavell Tower: A jewel on the South West Coast Path

Clavell Tower, near Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5PE
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Open to the public once a year, Clavell Tower is a circular tower high on the cliffs above Kimmeridge Bay, above one of Dorset's most striking bays. A rare chance to see inside this well-loved landmark, normally let for holidays.

Clyston Mill on the Killerton estate

National Trust, Clyston Mill, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3DX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Step back in time to discover how Victorian engineering harnessed the power of water in this historic mill.

Columbjohn Chapel and the Gatehouse Arch on the Killerton Estate

Columbjohn Farm, Rewe, Exeter, Devon, EX5 4ER
In person
Pre-booking not required

Columbjohn Chapel and Gatehouse Arch: intriguing remains of an ornate C16th arch, isolated Chapel and the site of a lost Tudor mansion. Exeter University carried out an excavation of the area in May 2024. Come and find out what they found.

Come along to Naas Court Farm and Barns

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

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

Corfe Castle Festival of Cultural Heritage

Corfe Castle, National Trust Ticket Office, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5EZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

From artisan crafts to talks and demonstrations, discover the rich and varied heritage of our local area.

Curator Tour - Are we nearly there yet? A history of transport.

Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX
In person
Pre-booking required

Join assistant curator, Holly Carter-Chappell on a free tour of RAMM's exhibition Are we nearly there yet? A history of transport.

Dance: Nethra Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA)

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

Indian dance.

Dartmoor Light & Shadow

Neadon Barn, Manaton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 9UY
In person
Pre-booking not required

This exhibition will showcase the work of 25 different professional photographers, adorning the walls of a 17th-century Dartmoor barn alongside historic photographs from the Dartmoor Archive.

Dawe's Twineworks

Dawe's Twineworks, 94A High Street, West Coker, Yeovil, Somerset, BA229AU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Dawe's Twineworks, West Coker, celebrates the former flax and hemp industries of south Somerset and west Dorset which flourished in the age of sail. It is now the only surviving Victorian Twineworks in the UK - and it works.

Dean Close School Historic Tours

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

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

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

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

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

Dean Heritage Centre

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

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

Devizes Town Lock-up

Devizes Town Council, Town Hall, St. Johns Street, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1BN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Devizes Lock up is beneath the Town Hall and was first opened in its current form in 1806. It was used to imprison troublemakers overnight in the 19th Century,

Discovering Gloucester’s Famous Rainbow Streets

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

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

Discovering the Romans

Roman Baths Clore Learning Centre, Swallow Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 1RB
In person
Pre-booking required

Through fun activities, crafts and crazy rituals, uncover what it was like to live in Bath 2000 years ago. Discover the people who lived in and travelled to Aquae Sulis and how they spent their time.

Dorset Museum and Art Gallery Collections Discovery Centre Tour

66 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA
In person
Pre-booking required

Join the collections team at Dorset Museum and Art Gallery for an exclusive opportunity to explore behind the scenes at our state-of-the-art Collections Discovery Centre.

Dorset Museum and Art Gallery Thomas Hardy Tour

66 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us at the Dorset Museum and Art Gallery to explore the galleries and learn about the life and works of Thomas Hardy through a carefully curated tour of objects from our collections.

Downside Abbey and Monastery Gardens

Downside Abbey, Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Nr Radstock, Somerset, BA3 4RH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Downside Abbey is one of the architectural and historical gems of Somerset. We are offering two free guided tours. 1) The abbey church and monastic cemetery 2) The private monastery gardens.

Dyrham Park

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

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

Eastgate Chamber

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

Discover the remains of Gloucester's Eastgate.

Exeter Library's Special Collection: A 'White Glove' Experience

Exeter Library, Rougemont Place, Castle Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3PQ
In person
Pre-booking required

Get up close and personal to a selection of books from Exeter Library's 'Special Collections', dating back to 1480!

Exeter's Underground Passages

2 Paris Street, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1GA
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us under the streets of Exeter on a tour of the city's Underground Passages. Created to bring fresh water into the city from the 14th century onwards and now a unique experience!

Explore Ancient History in Tavistock's Vicarage Garden

The Vicarage, 5a Plymouth Road, Hollybank, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AU
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Visit and learn about the 6th century Early Christian memorial stones in the Vicarage Garden

Exploring Salisbury Market Place: Past and Present

Salisbury Market Place, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1
In person
Pre-booking not required

Salisbury is unusual in still having a large dedicated Market Place that continues to function. The aim is to make visitors aware of some of the many former uses of the Market Place including changes to its size and buildings.

Eyre Chantry Chapel

Perrymead Cemetery, Popes Walk, Bath, Somerset, BA2 5AZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Eyre Chapel is a gem of ecclesiastic Victorian architecture.

Finch Foundry

Finch Foundry, Sticklepath, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 2NW
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Finch Foundry was a mainstay of Dartmoor's industrial landscape for 150 years, producing up to 400 tools per day for local industry. The waterwheels and machinery are still mostly operational today. Tours of the site on the hour from 1100-1500.

Fleece Hotel and Undercroft

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

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

FleeceFest @Red Brick Building

The Red Brick Building, Morland Road, Morlands Enterprise Park, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9FT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join us for FleeceFest, an afternoon of music, craft, food, creativity and getting involved at the Red Brick Building. This event has been co-created by some brilliant and inspiring young people and there's something for everyone!

Following the Iron Queen

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

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

Forest Brass Band, Yorkley

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

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

Forest of Dean Writers Collection

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

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

Forest Writers: Networks and connections

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

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

Friends Meeting House

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

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

Frome Town Crier Talk

1 North Parade, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1AT
In person
Pre-booking required

Mike Bishop, Frome Town Crier for over 17 years, will be talking at Frome Museum on the history, duties and role of the town crier. Mike will also speak on the many town crier competitions he took part in.

Ghosthunters 2024

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

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

Gloucester Cathedral Precincts Tour

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

Walking tour of Gloucester Cathedral precincts.

Gloucester City Tour

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

Guided walk around the city

Gloucester Folk Choir

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

Gloucester's own folk choir perform.

Gloucester's Docklands Railway History

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

Discover the railway system within the docks.

Gloucester's Medieval Churches

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

A walk round Gloucester viewing sites of Medieval Churches

Gloucester's Rich Heritage of Music and Poetry

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

Discover Gloucester’s Rich Heritage of Music and Poetry.

Gloucester’s Christian Heritage

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

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

Goathurst Village Heritage Trail - history

Goathurst Village Hall, Goathurst, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 2DF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Part of the Goathurst Village Heritage Trail, Goathurst Village Hall will host an exhibition of how people and events in history have shaped the village to be the community it is today.

Goathurst Village Heritage Trail - Temple of Pan

The Temple of Pan, Halswell Park, Goathurst, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 2DH
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Temple of Pan is part of the Goathurst Village Heritage Trail. The Temple of Pan was built as an ornamental folly as part of the landscape and gardens of the Halswell Park Estate in the 1770s.

Goathurst Village Heritage Trail-St Edward, King and Martyr Church

St Edward, King and Martyr Church, Goathurst, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 2DE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit the church as part of the unique Goathurst Village Heritage Trail. View the wealth of ancient tombs and monuments to the Halswell-Kemeys-Tynte families and discover the fascinating links between the church and nearby Halswell House and Park.

Goathurst Village Trail: Robin Hood's Hut

Robin Hood's Hut, Goathurst, Somerset, TA5 2EW
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Visit Robin Hood's Hut open to the public for the first time since 2022 visit The Landmark Trust's folly in Goathurst.

Godolphin

Godolphin Cross, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 9RE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Godolphin will be offering free entry for the duration of the Heritage Open Days Festival, from 6-15 September. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Godolphin House (7-12 Sept only), garden and outbuildings for free.

Grays Almshouse

1 Grays Alms House, East Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3NA
In person
Pre-booking not required

As part of the national Heritage Open Days, Taunton Heritage Trust will be opening Gray's Almshouse and Chapel on Saturday 14th September. 

Great Western Railway Museum, Coleford

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

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

Guided tour of the Grade One listed St Margaret's Church

St Margaret's Church, Church Street, Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 4NB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Guided tour of the Grade One listed St Margaret's Church.

Guided Tour of Westonbirt House Grade 1 Listed Gardens

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

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

Guided Walk - Tavistock Canal

Duke of Bedford statue, The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Hollybank, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6AP
In person
Pre-booking preferred

A guided walk along the tow path exploring the Tavistock Canal with Paul Blowey

Gunns Mill Open Day, Nr. Mitcheldean, Glos

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

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

Hemyock Castle, Devon

Hemyock Castle, Culmstock Road, Hemyock, Devon, EX15 3RJ
Online & In person
Pre-booking not required

Self-Guided Tours: See the rare surviving ruins of Hemyock's moated medieval castle: Remains of gatehouse archway, towers, curtain-walls and moat which surround the older manor house. Grounds, Interpretation Centre, Cider-Press, Farmyard displays

Heritage Day at Parade House Trowbridge

Parade House, 70 Fore Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8HQ
In person
Pre-booking required

Step back in history to the Georgian period and visit the elegant rooms of beautiful Grade I listed Parade House, one of Wiltshire's finest buildings, and formerly the headquarters of Ushers Brewery, founded 200 years ago this year.

Heritage Hub (Archives)

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

Behind the scenes at the Hub

Hidcote

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

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

Hidden on the High Street - Behind the scenes at the Neeld and Town Hall

Town Hall, High Street, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 3ER
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Join us on a tour to explore areas of the historical Neeld and Town Hall which are usually off-limits. Learn about our fascinating history and find out more about our namesake, Joseph Neeld.

Hillfield Gardens

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

A guided walk around these beautiful gardens.

Hinton Watermill

Hinton Farm, Hinton, Mudford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8BA
In person
Pre-booking not required

An 18C watermill built by the geologist and Canal engineer William Smith. The mill still has its machinery and retains a unique atmosphere of how it was left in the 1940s when it stopped work. Set in a farm yard with other historical buildings.

Historic bee keeping and candle making in the Forest of Dean

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

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

Historic Characters

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

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

Historic Docks

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

Walk around Gloucester Docks

Holy Trinity Church

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

Historic building

Huntspill Hub Heritage Centre and Classic Car Show

Church Road, West Huntspill, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3RN
In person
Pre-booking not required

On Saturday 14th September, St. Peter & All Hallows Church, West Huntspill, Highbridge, Somerset will be hosting, with the annual village Classic Car Show, an insight into the history and heritage of the Church and the local village. Teas & talks!

In Our Shoes: Street Scapes

The Grange, Clarks Village, The Grange, Street, Somerset, BA16 0BB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join us in Street, Somerset to see the history of shoemaking and non conformity brought to life as you walk, sashay and glide through our heritage walking trail which ends at the historic Grade II Listed house, The Grange, for a picnic and lawn games

Jet Age Museum

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

See jet planes of the past

Keynsham Methodism in the footsteps of the Wesley's

Charlton Road, Keynsham, Bristol, Somerset, BS31 2JA
In person
Pre-booking not required

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

Killerton House, Garden and Park

National Trust, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Enjoy Killerton's glorious landscaped garden, extensive parkland, fine 18th-century house and unique fashion collection.

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4EA
In person
Pre-booking not required

We are celebrating Heritage Open Days by offering free entry to Kingston Lacy on 12-14 September. Discover Kingston Lacy, an opulent family home built to resemble a Venetian Palace.

Liskeard Unlocked - A Taste of Ukraine - Connecting with Kopychyntsi Through Food, Song and Dance

The Public Hall, 3-5 West Street, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 6BW
In person
Pre-booking required

Celebrate our connection with Kopychyntsi in Western Ukraine through Ukrainian and Cornish food, song and dance. We’ll be linking live with Kopychyntsi and playing and singing them the Ukrainian national anthem. Free entry, food and drink to buy.

Liskeard Unlocked - Celebrating Ukrainian art, craft and food

Throughout Liskeard, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 3je
In person
Pre-booking not required

See art inspired by Ukrainian culture in the bus shelters on the Parade and eat Ukrainian food at lots of local food businesses.

Liskeard Unlocked - Crying The Neck

Cattle Market Events Area, The Workshed, Cattle Market Car Park, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 6AB
In person
Pre-booking not required

This ancient pagan, but later Christianised, ceremony has been celebrated in Cornish farming communities for many centuries to give thanks at the end of Harvest time. Visitors can join in.

Liskeard Unlocked - Film of Re-Starting The Town Clock in The Guildhall

The Clock Tower, Pike Street, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 3JB
Online event
Pre-booking not required

Another chance to see the town clock in the Guildhall be wound. So, for the second time in its history it stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic. This film shows it being re-started. It's over 150 years old.

Liskeard Unlocked - Liskeard Links... Mining. An Arts & Crafts Open Studio

Cider Cottage, Woodhill Manor, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 6RD
In person
Pre-booking not required

An exhibition of local arts and crafts from the Liskeard Market Makers which is inspired by the rich mining heritage of Liskeard. This is a one off event showcasing beautiful local artwork/crafts.

Liskeard Unlocked - Liskeard Routeways - What Do You Recognise?

Stuart House Arts & Heritage Centre, Barras Street, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 6AB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Exhibition of photographs of routeways and communications in Liskeard with clues to help identify them. Trail map. Also Kingwell Family Art and Craft sale in the Gallery.

Liskeard Unlocked - Local Produce Market

The Cattle Market Canopy, Cattle Market Car Park, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 4BA
In person
Pre-booking not required

To celebrate Liskeard’s connection with Kopychyntsi the market will have a distinctly Ukrainian flavour. As always there will be delicious local food and lovely crafts.

Liskeard Unlocked - Penmilder Garden Throughout The Year

Penmilder, Lodge Hill, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 4EL
Online event
Pre-booking not required

Another chance to see the photographic tour of this beautiful garden throughout the seasons.

Liskeard Unlocked - Photographic tour of No. 3 Varley Terrace

1 Varley Terrace, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 4AN
Online event
Pre-booking not required

A virtual guided photographic tour around this historic house.

Liskeard Unlocked - Photographic Tour of Pendean

Pendean House, West Street, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 6BT
Online event
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A guided look around this great historic house and garden using photos.

Liskeard Unlocked - St Martin's Church and Bell Ringing

St Martin's Church, Church Street, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 3AX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore St Martin’s Church, see the history behind the building and how it has been a place of Christian worship for over 800 years.

Liskeard Unlocked - Talk by Douglas Skeggs: “Nicholas and Alexandra – Tyrants and Martyrs of Imperial Russia”

The Public Hall, 3-5 West Street, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 6BW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Guests are welcome to join the Liskeard Arts members, free of charge, for the talk in the Public Hall.

Liskeard Unlocked - Talk on The Great Cornish Emigration

Liskeard Library, Barras Street, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 6AB
In person
Pre-booking required

Many residents of Liskeard and its surrounding villages left their homeland in search of a better life overseas. In the 19th century around 240,000 Cornishmen sailed to the Americas, South Africa and Australasia. Come and find out about them.

Liskeard Unlocked - The Catholic Church of Our Lady and St Neot

2 West Street, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 6BW
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Church will be open with a display of church plate and vestments. Also, tours of the building.

Liskeard Unlocked - The Guildhall - Future Plans

26 Fore Street, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 3JB
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Grade II* Listed Liskeard Guildhall is one of only 3 buildings in Liskeard to achieve this level of heritage status. Originally constructed in 1858 to accommodate a magistrate's court, council office and market.

Liskeard Unlocked - Walk to Discover The Workplaces and Stories of Liskeard Miners

Unmade parking area, Tokenbury Corner, Pensilva, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 5PJ
In person
Pre-booking required

Walk Caradon and discover more about the lives of the copper miners that lived in Liskeard and walked the seven mile return journey to work. The walk will visit the remains of their workplaces and hear some of their stories.

Liskeard Unlocked - Well Connected

Liskeard & District Museum, 1 Pike Street, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 3JE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Dive into the rich history of Liskeard and its interconnected villages, where the flow of water binds us together.

Liskeard Unlocked - Westbourne House

Westbourne House, West Street, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 6BY
In person
Pre-booking not required

Westbourne House was the subject of an extensive restoration and renovation project after Wildanet took on the lease in 2021 from CC. This is a rare chance to view creation of high-tech offices while preserving architectural features.

Liskeard Unlocked - When Station Road Became THE Place To Live

Foresters Hall, 1 Pike Street, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 3JE
In person
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‘When Liskeard Railway Station opened in 1859, Station Road became the Place to Live’-an exhibition at Liskeard & District Museum.

Liskeard Unlocked - Wonderous Well of Lyskiret

Well Lane, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 3TP
In person
Pre-booking not required

Unlock the flows of time at the Well of Lyskiret. Stop by The Pipewell to share tales and trinkets for Liskeard Unlocked with the Museum volunteers on 7th and on 14th Council volunteers will tell you all about the Well's history.

Liskeard Unlocked - Workshed Open Day

The Workshed, Former Cattle Market, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 4AB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Tour of the Workshed for those interested in seeing how the redevelopment is progressing.

Littledean Hall Grounds: Celts and Romans were here

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

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

Lizard Wireless Station Open Day

Marconi Bungalow, The Lizard, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 7AP
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join us for a free Open Day to celebrate Marconi and the dawn of wireless communication at The Lizard Wireless Station. We're offering free tours, special radio demonstrations, family activities and refreshments.

Llanthony Secunda Priory

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

Step inside the restored remains of an Augustinian Priory.

Llanthony Secunda Priory Guided Walk

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

Step inside the restored remains of an Augustinian Priory.

Lonsdale Road Methodist Church

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

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

Lulworth Castle & Park

Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit and discover the stunning Lulworth Castle & Chapel of St Mary.

Lulworth Castle House

Lulworth Castle House, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QS
In person
Pre-booking required

Visit the Weld family home in the grounds of Lulworth Castle. The Entrance Hall & Drawing Room will be open to view. The gardens are not open.

Lydford Gorge

Lydford Gorge, Lydford, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 4BH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore this steep-sided river gorge, filled with temperate rainforest, carved into the western edge of Dartmoor. Descend into the Devil's Cauldron pothole on a platform over the water, and take in the 30-meter-high Whitelady Waterfall.

Lydney Masonic Centre Open Day

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

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

Lydney Skiff Project

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

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

Malaby Biodigester

Malaby Biogas Ltd, Bore Hill Farm Biodigester, Deverill Road, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 8FB
In person
Pre-booking required

Though not technically ‘heritage’, the Biodigester is an important ‘green’ addition to Warminster’s infrastructure that creates electricity out of food waste. Hopefully it will render other forms of electricity generation historic’.

Mariners' Church

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

Historic Mariners Church in Gloucester Docks

Marshfield Guided Walk

Church Lane, Marshfield, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 8NT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Guided walk through historic parts of Marshfield. Visit to St Mary's Church and Almshouses Chapel.

Maud's Way

Maud Heath Centre, East Tytherton, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 4LT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Maud Heath's Causeway will be 550 years old in 2024. Join us at The Maud Heath Centre, formally the village school, located on the Causeway and learn about Maud Heath, the history of the causeway & listen to the song we commissioned for the occasion.

Maud's Way in Chippenham

Yelde Hall, The Shambles, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 3HL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Maud Heath's Causeway will be 550 years old in 2024. Join us at The Yelde Hall and learn about Maud Heath, the history of the causeway & listen to the song we commissioned for the occasion.

Medical Mystery Tour

Outside Salisbury Cathedral, The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EJ
In person
Pre-booking required

ArtCare, which manages the history collections and archives at Salisbury District Hospital, is offering free guided city tours of Salisbury with an alternative focus on medicine, care and a public health viewpoint.

Meet the Engineers

Bridge Road, Leigh Woods, Bristol, Somerset, BS8 3PA
In person
Pre-booking required

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

Memory Café – Taunton 1950s to Now at Somerset Heritage Centre

Somerset Heritage Centre, Brunel Way, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 6SF
In person
Pre-booking not required

Share your memories of Taunton in the 20th century at Somerset Heritage Centre, be reminded with photographs and documents relating to the town, and enjoy a cup of tea.

Mercers’ Hall (Masonic Lodge)

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

Historic building

Mitcheldean Town Hall, its history and its interesting contents

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

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

Monks, Canons and Friars

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

Abbeys and Priories of Gloucester.

Montacute House

Montacute House - National Trust, National Trust, Montacute House, The Stables, Montacute, Somerset, TA15 6XP
In person
Pre-booking not required

A masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design, towering walls of glass, glowing ham stone & surrounding garden and parkland. The upper floors of the house will remain closed for 2024 there is plenty to see on the ground floor.

Mothecombe House

Mothecombe House, Holbeton, Plymouth, Devon, PL8 1LA
In person
Pre-booking required

Grade 1 listed Queen Anne House and contents

Mount Kelly School, Tavistock

Parkwood Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0HZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Tours of Mount Kelly School led by senior pupils

Museum of Gloucester

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

Various activities in the museum

Museum of Policing in Devon & Cornwall Open Day

Court Gate, Bedford Square, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0AE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Learn about Policemen on the beat Can you design a beat for a turn- of- the- century Policeman? Where would your beat go? How much ground could you cover? Where would you go and where would your conference points be?

Music: Bistro Blue

The Folk of Gloucester, 99-103 Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
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Easy listening from Bistro Blue.

Music: Bygonz Perform

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

Musicians playing old English instruments

Music: Jennie Longvill

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

Jennie Longvill performs at St Nicholas.

Music: Northwick Baroque

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

Music from the Baroque period

Music: Robin Burton

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

Join us for traditional English songs this Heritage Open Days.

Music: Severn Sirens

St Nicholas Church, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
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Heritage Open Day inspired event.

Music: Waites of Gloucester

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

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

Music: Ypotryll

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

Secular music from the Middle Ages.

Nailsworth Quaker Meeting House

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

Historic Quaker Meeting House In Nailsworth, Gloucestershire open to visitors

National Waterways Museum

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

The National Waterways Museum

Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall.

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

Wallsworth Hall has a curiously obscure history.

Naunton Lane Evangelical Presbyterian Church

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

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

NEW 2024 Immersive Soundscape

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

Visit the Medieval Library at the Cathedral

NEW 2024 Roberts Limbricks Architects

Carriage Building, Bruton Way, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1DG
In person
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A Carriage Building in the centre of Gloucester.

Newark Park, National Trust

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

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

Newent Market House Museum Special Opening Days

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

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

Newton Abbot Museum - Routes, Networks and Connections.

Newton Abbot Museum, Newton's Place, Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 1JQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

It's all about exploring, traveling and finding your way this year for Newton Abbot Museum's Heritage Open Day. -Explore the ancient clock tower -Build a lego train carriage -Make a map -Complete a quest -Meet our costumed interpreter

Newton Park - home of Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath, Somerset, BA2 9BA
In person
Book on day

Bath Spa University opens its doors for everyone to enjoy our Georgian house, our lake and landscape, the walled gardens, picnic areas and beautiful views.

Newton St Cyres Church & Tower Guided Tours, Devon

Newton St Cyres Church, Church Lane, Newton St Cyres, Exeter, Devon, EX5 5BH
In person
Pre-booking required

Our History Group will take you on guided tours of this Grade I Listed church, from the earliest history (12th century) and, for some, a climb up the 80 steps of the Bell Tower to the roof!

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

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

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

Old Forde House

Old Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 4XX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Newton Abbot and District Civic Society are delighted to invite you to an open day at the Grade I listed Old Forde House. Opened for us by Teignbridge District Council the building is the jewel in the crown of Newton Abbot.

Open doors and drawers at Mompesson House

Mompesson House, The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover the interiors of some of our collection items this Heritage Open Week as we open our doors and drawers.

Organ talk and tour

Bath Abbey, 9 Kingston Buildings, BATH, Somerset, BA1 1LT
In person
Book on day

A fun, musical demonstration for all ages of our remarkable Klais church organ by our Director of Music and Assistant Organist, followed by the chance to hear a recital (10th Sept only) and see the organ close up on a unique ‘backstage’ tour.

Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God

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

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

Parliament Rooms

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

A unique chance to visit these three historic rooms in Church House, which was the old Deanery for Gloucester Cathedral.

Pilton Tithe Barn

The Abbey Barn, Cumhill, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4BG
In person
Pre-booking not required

An early 14th century barn which has been repaired and roofed in traditional green oak carpentry.

Pirate Day at the Guildhall

The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Abbey Place, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0FW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Pirate Fun Day to celebrate the opening of the Tavistock Ship Exhibition

Plymouth Proprietary Library

St. Barnabas Terrace, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 5NN
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Plymouth Proprietary Library holds some rare and interesting books a selection of which will be on display for visitors.

Poltimore House and Grounds

Poltimore House, Poltimore, Exeter, Devon, EX4 0AU
In person
Pre-booking not required

This year has been a devastating one for Poltimore House with a fire in April completely gutting the inside of the house. Come and see what is left and what the plans are for the future of this important East Devon manor house.

Portland House

24 Belle Vue Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8RZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Portland House, not normally open to the public, offers a rare opportunity to see inside a very special 1930s house. It has original 1930s features, is beautifully furnished and sits in stunning grounds with far reaching sea views.

Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle, Powderham Park, Powderham, Exeter, Devon, EX6 8JQ
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Powderham, historic and present home to the Earls of Devon. Built in 1391 by Sir Philip Courtenay, what was once a medieval hall has expanded in to one of Devon's finest (and continuously lived in) family homes.

Pre-Raphaelite Mosaics in St John’s Church

St. Johns Church, Boreham Road, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 9JY
In person
Pre-booking required

View and learn about the stunning Opus Sectile Mosaics in this Victorian church

Prestbury Village Walk with Roger Beacham

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

A walk through time in the village of Prestbury

Printmaking and Paper Heritage Day (2024)

Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3LS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Printmaking is one of the oldest forms of reproduction of text and image, and some of our presses are over 100 years old. Have a go at various techniques using a range of papers to see how traditional processes are being used in contemporary ways.

Prior Park

Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, Somerset, BA2 5AH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Prior Park will open for free on 7 and 14 September - come and see the recent restoration and find out more about the archaeology and conservation of the garden.

Prospect Place Conservation Area Swindon

Prospect Place Car Park, Prospect Place, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 3LJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Guided tour of the Prospect Place Conservation Area Swindon

Quay Words presents Ian Mortimer: The road to Exeter – from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century

Custom House, The Quay, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4AN
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Quay Words are thrilled to be joined by writer and historian Ian Mortimer for this free, Heritage Open Days event. During his talk Ian will be talking about travel in the southwest. Ian will draw on his latest book Medieval Horizons.

Ram Hill Colliery

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

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

Rediscovering Tavistock's Maritime Legacy: The 16th Century Ship Wall Painting

The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Abbey Place, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0FW
In person
Pre-booking preferred

A talk on the remarkable discovery of one of the UK's best preserved Tudor ship wall paintings. Learn the intriguing story behind this historical find and its significance to the history of Tavistock and visit the new Guildhall exhibition

REME Museum

M O D Lyneham, Lyneham, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 4XX
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Free entry to the REME Museum!

Rhymes and Reasons

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

Famous poets brought to life.

Richard III

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

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

River Twyver Walk

Abbeydale Community Centre, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL4 4BL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Gloucester's River Twyver

Riverside walks in Tewkesbury

Town Hall, High Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5AL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join our Riverside Walk to learn more about Tewkesbury's historical routes to the rest of Gloucestershire and beyond.

Robert Raikes Guided Walk

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

Learn more about Robert Raikes.

Roman Baths Clore Learning Centre

Roman Baths Clore Learning Centre, Swallow Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 1 RB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Volunteer Day – find out about volunteering with school groups and talk to members of the learning team at the Roman Baths Clore Learning Centre.

Roman Baths Local History Store - Lansdown

Located near Lansdown Park and Ride - BA1 9BJ, precise location and directions will be provided with your booking confirmation., Bath, Somerset, BA1 9BJ
In person
Pre-booking required

Explore weird and wonderful objects from Victorian spa equipment to Georgian furniture. Join a treat of a tour at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm. Booking essential - [email protected]

Roman Times

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

Learn about the Romans in Gloucester

Royal Agricultural University

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

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

Royal Artillery Museum Stores at Wood Road Hangars

Hangar 455, Wood Road, Larkhill, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 8QH
In person
Pre-booking required

The oldest surviving aircraft hangars in Europe now house part of the Royal Artillery Museum's amazing collection. See behind the scenes in our stores, rare historic field guns and find out about the birthplace of British military aviation.

Royal Gloucester

St Michael's Tower, The Cross, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1PD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Gloucester's Royal connections

Royal Hop Pole Hotel

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

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

Saltford Brass Mill

Mill Island, The Shallows, Saltford, Bristol, Somerset, BS31 3EX
In person
Pre-booking not required

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

Sausages, Cider and Steam - Open Day at the Robey Trust workshop

The Robey Trust Ltd, The Works, Parade Business Park, Pixon Lane, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 9RQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Robey Trust, a heritage engineering charity in Tavistock, promises to deliver their ‘Sausage, Cider & Steam’ weekend A fine selection of working steam and local vintage machinery will be on display, along with trailer rides & tasty refreshments

Saxon Gloucester

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

Discover Gloucester's Saxon history.

Sevington Victorian School

Sevington Victorian School, Sevington, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 7LD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Sevington School, near Chippenham, is a beautifully preserved Victorian village school used for educational visits to give children 'a day in the life of a Victorian child' experience. You can also enjoy this time capsule on Heritage Weekend.

Signal Box and Community Garden, Warmley

Warmley Signal Box, High Street, Warmley, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS15 4ND
In person
Pre-booking not required

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

Silver Singers

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

A performance by a local choir.

Somerset Brick and Tile Museum

East Quay, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 4DB
In person
Pre-booking required

Visit the last bottle brick kiln in Somerset and enjoy a guided tour around the museum followed by a tile making demonstration.

Southcot Burial Ground

Southcot Burial Ground, Bottom of Lyncombe Hill, Widcombe, Bath, Somerset, BA2 4PG
In person
Pre-booking not required

A hidden oasis in the centre of Bath. Come and discover it for yourself. This year will include a family trail.

Special Access behind-the-scenes tours at Kresen Kernow

Cornwall Council, Kresen Kernow, Little Vauxhall, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 1AS
In person
Pre-booking required

Take a peek into our 'big grey box' and discover 850 years of history relating to Cornwall! Well known for their skills in hard rock mining, the Cornish were sought after all over the world – from Australia to Africa, Canada to Mexico.

Special Collections Sunday : Picturesque Bristol

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

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

Spiceland Quaker Meeting House

Spicelands, Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 3AZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit Spiceland's historic 200 year old Quaker Meeting House and the burial ground which came into use around 1680. Find out more about the history of Quakers and Quakers in the 21st Century.

St Andrew's Church Castle Combe

St Andrew’s Church, Market Place, Castle Combe, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 7HT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Exhibition about St Aldhelm's Way, which passes through Castle Combe, local walking routes, maps and signposts. Local volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and help with accessing the church heritage tour on 13th and 14th September.

St Christopher’s Church, Warden Hill

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

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

St Eustachius Parish Church Tours

Plymouth Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AU
In person
Pre-booking not required

The tours, will provide the opportunity to explore Tavistock’s splendid parish church: to learn something of its 700-year history, to walk around the beautiful building, and to see some of the important artefacts within the church

St James Church Taunton

St James Church, St James Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Church Tower will be Open. Displays of Church History - Stories of people from the past connected with our church community.

St James' Church

Church Walk, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 3AA
In person
Pre-booking not required

The church is a Grade II* listed building, as described in “An Architectural Description”. There are a number of windows and memorials of interest and the church houses the regimental chapel of the Wiltshire Regiment.

St John the Baptist Church, Devizes

Long Street, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1NP
In person
Pre-booking not required

St. John's Church was built in the early 12th Century by the Bishops of Salisbury. It was initially the Church for the Castle, its governor and garrison - the Castle Church. It is now a grade 1 listed magnificent building.

St Lawrence Chapel Heritage and Community Centre

St. Lawrence Chapel, St. Lawrence Lane, Ashburton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 7DD
In person
Book on day

Visit the unique Grade II* listed historic chapel and historic archives about the history of the chapel, especially when it was Ashburton grammar school. Have an escorted trip up the tower and view historic Ashburton

St Margaret's Chapel

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

Former almshouse chapel.

St Margaret’s Church Whaddon

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

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

St Mary de Crypt Church and the Old Crypt School Rooms

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

Discover de Crypt

St Mary de Lode Church

Archdeacon Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2QT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Gloucester's oldest parish church

St Mary Magdalene Chapel

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

Remains of 12th Century leper chapel

St Mary’s Congregational Church

St. Mary's St, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2QS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Congregational church with George Whitefield connection

St Marys Lydiard Tregoze

Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 3PA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Set within historic Lydiard Park on the outskirts of Swindon, St Marys Church has been called one of the most important small parish churches in Great Britain, renowned through the centuries for its extraordinary monuments & wall paintings.

St Nicholas's Church

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

A beautiful, medieval church to surprise you.

St. Lawrence's Parish Church, Bodmin

Fiveways, Westheath avenue, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2QH
In person
Pre-booking required

A unique opportunity to explore Cornwall's asylum church - inside and outside - you can even have a go at playing the organ!

St. Swithun’s Church

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

A church in Hempsted built and dedicated to St Swithun.

Staple Hill Methodist Church

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

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

Story telling - Our Smuggling Heritage Event at the East Budleigh Heritage Centre in Salem Chapel, Devon

Vicarage Road, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7EF
In person
Pre-booking not required

What smuggling stories there are to tell! From the secret passages where the contraband arrived in the dead of night, to the concealed store in the chapel roof, to the characters who ran the smuggling - the Lord, the vicar and the smuggling sailors!

Strongroom tours at Bristol Archives

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

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

Studio B Letterpress Workshop tour

Silver Cottage, Silver Street, Milverton, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 1LA
In person
Pre-booking required

Studio B is a letterpress printing workshop established in 2004 by Carl Middleton. It aims to celebrate and maintain the heritage of letterpress printing 'through use'.

Sturminster Newton Heritage Trust Mill

Sturminster Newton Town Mill, The Bridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 2HW
In person
Pre-booking not required

A fascinating working mill in the heart of the Dorset countryside.

SULA Lightship

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

Visit to a lightship

Sweet Track Walk

Shapwick Road, Westhay, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9TT
In person
Pre-booking required

Step back in time and tread the ancient paths of Neolithic Britain with a guided walk along the famed Sweet Track on the Somerset Levels.

Swindon's Railway Village

Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 5BG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Emlyn Square is at the heart of Swindon's historic Railway Village; It's set to come alive with exclusive tours, exhibitions, talks, family games and activities - FREE fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Tales from the river bank

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

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

Talk - Thompson's Seat (Mount Edgecombe)

St. Barnabas Terrace, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 5NN
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Illustrated talk: 'Thompson's Seat and other artefacts at Mount Edgecombe as examples of emerging British identity in the eighteenth century'.

Talk given by two people about free-mining

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

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

Talk: 2,000 Years of Gloucester Voices

The Ed Shed at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking required

Two millennia of local history.

Talk: Bishop John Hooper

The Ed Shed at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking required

The story of Bishop Hooper.

Talk: Cathedral Quarter High Street Heritage Action Zone

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

Learn more about the project which ran from 2020-2024.

Talk: Charles Wheatstone

The Ed Shed at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking required

Locally born inventor.

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

The Ed Shed at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking required

A forgotten worthy of Gloucester.

Talk: Gloucester Trams

The Ed Shed at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking required

Local history of trams.

Talk: How Invaders Changed Britain

The Ed Shed at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking required

Effects of invasion on Gloucester & Britain.

Talk: Origins and History of Mariners Chapel

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

Historic Mariners Church in Gloucester Docks

Talk: People & Places of Hempsted & Llanthony

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

All talks by local historian Debbie Hotchkins

Talk: Sailing for a Living

The Ed Shed at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking required

Boats, owners and sailors.

Talk: The Carriage Building (Roberts Limbricks Architects)

Roberts Limbrick, Bruton Way, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1DG
In person
Pre-booking not required

See inside the building and hear about its refurbishment.

Talk: The History of Wallsworth Hall, Nature in Art

Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, (Main A38), Twigworth, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 9PG
In person
Pre-booking required

Wallsworth Hall is a Georgian mansion which is now the home of Nature in Art

Talk: This is your life - LV14 SULA Lightship

The Ed Shed at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking required

Captain Colin tells you of the life of a lightship.

Taunton Brewhouse - The history and a bit of behind the scenes

Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JL
In person
Pre-booking not required

This year Taunton Brewhouse celebrates 10 years since reopening under the management of Taunton Theatre Association You may think you know lots about us, but come along to find out about the history of our building and visit behind the scenes

Taunton Masonic Hall

20 The Crescent, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4EB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join us at Taunton Masonic Hall Open Day.

Tavistock Mobile Museum

Butchers Hall, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0AL
In person
Pre-booking not required

'Changes to Transportation in Tavistock' Come and meet some of them at the Mobile Museum.

Tavistock Subscription Library

Court Gate, Bedford Square, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0AE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Read, learn, discover. Heritage Open Days give you a rare chance to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of Tavistock’s heritage library. Read books from 17th to 21st centuries. Learn how to use the online catalogue. Discover the local authors

Tewkesbury, Toll Routes, Two Rivers Connecting History

64 Barton Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5PX
In person
Pre-booking not required

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

That's Entertainment

St. Michael's Tower, The Cross, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1PA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Sites of former cinemas and theatres

The Arts & Crafts hospital: Winsford Cottage Hospital open days

Winsford Hospital Cottage, Halwill Junction, Devon, EX21 5XU
In person
Pre-booking preferred

The Landmark Trust have lovingly restored Winsford Cottage Hospital in Halwill Junction. Designed by Arts & Crafts architect CFA Voysey, it has been at the heart of its community for over 100 years. Come along to our open days to find out more.

The Belle of Lyme Regis: Belmont open days

Belmont, Pound Street, Lyme Regis, Somerset, SL6 3SW
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Join us to explore Belmont, a fine 18th century maritime villa in Lyme Regis.

The Best of Times - The Worst of Times

St Stephen's Church, High Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3LN
In person
Pre-booking not required

A talk exploring the way people lived in the Middle Ages.

The Blind House

Wicker Hill, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit this Grade II listed, two cell lock up, dated 1757.

The Chapel of the Three Kings at Fosters Almshouses

Foster's Almshouses, Colston Street, Bristol, Somerset, BS1 5AY
In person
Pre-booking not required

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

The church of our lady, Upton Pyne

Upton Pyne Church, Upton Pyne, The School House, Exeter, Devon, EX5 5JA
In person
Pre-booking preferred

We invite you to look around our beautiful and interesting Church. There are leaflets available, tower tours and a children's trail. Refreshments are available.

The Clay Days of Lady Daphne

Charlestown Road, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3NJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Open days onboard the historic 101 year old Heritage Thames Sailing Barge, Lady Daphne, in her original cargo port of Charlestown Harbour.

The Dovecote at Abbey Farm, Montacute

Abbey Farm, Montacute, Somerset, TA15 6UA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Walk up towards the beautiful ancient monastic priory fields and see the restored Grade II listed dovecote with the unique double nesting boxes.

The hidden routes of the Forest

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

The Hidden Routes of the Forest uncovers the hidden symphony in nature shared with you by Wilde Earth Journeys,

The Highways and Byways of Bampton

Bampton Heritage & Visitor Centre, Station Road, Station Road, Bampton, Devon, EX16 9NG
In person
Pre-booking not required

A special exhibition of maps centred on Bampton, Devon from 1579 to the present day with displays about Turnpikes, Mail Coaches and the Railway.

The History of South Cheltenham Exhibition

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

An exhibition of the history of south Cheltenham.

The Home of an Art Lover: Dunshay Manor

Dunshay Manor, Haycrafts Lane, near Harman's Cross, Dorset, BH19 3EB
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Open to the public just once a year, visit Dunshay Manor near Corfe Castle to discover its creative past and fall in love with its Arts & Crafts charm.

The Keep Military Museum

The Keep, Barrack Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join us for Heritage Open Day 2024, Sunday 15th September, with free admission to the Keep! To celebrate this national event, the Keep will be open for free with a brand new guide to the building itself, a new children’s trail & craft activities.

The Keep Military Museum

The Keep Military Museum, Barrack Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit Dorchester's striking landmark museum as part of Discover Dorchester

The Land between two Rivers

The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford Area M C T I Partnership, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8RH
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Land of Myths and Legends? An introduction to the ten days of Heritage Open Days 2024 in the Forest of Dean

The Masonic Hall

Masonic Hall, Morris Lane, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1NU
In person
Pre-booking not required

The building was originally a girls' school. It was purchased by the Wiltshire Lodge of Fidelity in 1881 and has been the Masonic Hall since that time. A pair of adjoining cottages was later purchased to enable the Masonic Hall to be enlarged but the

The Minster Church of St Denys & Bell Tower

The Minster Church, Church Street, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 8PQ
In person
Pre-booking required

A Guided Tour of The Minster Church of St Denys and Bell Tower.

The New Antiques Centre

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

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

The Siege of Gloucester 1643

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

Hear the story of the siege in 1643.

The Stonemasons’ Workshop

Gloucester Cathedral, Workshop of St Peter, Pitt Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2BH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Workshop of St Peter, Pitt Street GL1 2BH

The Story of Gloucester’s Pubs and Inns

The New Inn, Northgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1SF
In person
Pre-booking not required

A walk around Gloucester's historic pubs and inns.

The United Church - Historical Background for Non-Conformists in Warminster

George Street, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 8QA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Built as a Methodist Chapel in 1804, the 1774 records show that “on account of the great wickedness of the place they could no longer preach the Gospel at Warminster.” Discover how Warminster improved & how we handled the riotous mob!

Thornbury Town Hall

Town Hall, Old Police Station, 35 High Street, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS35 2AR
In person
Pre-booking not required

Guided tours are available of the building, parts of which are not usually open to the public. Your guide will take you through its previous uses, from a tavern, to a courtroom, to a police station!

Tour: The New Antiques Centre

26 Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2NG
In person
Pre-booking required

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

Tramroads of the Forest of Dean

The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford Area M C T I Partnership, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8RH
In person
Pre-booking required

Power-point presentation and talk on the development of the tramroads of the Forest of Dean

Trengwainton Garden

Trengwainton Garden, Madron, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

There's free entry to Trengwainton from 8-15 Sept (closed Fri & Sat) to enjoy winding wooded paths, sea views and plants from across the globe. Experience the garden with your senses and learn more about the connections between people and plants.

Trerice

Trerice Manor, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4PG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore all Trerice has to offer for free this Heritage Open Day on Saturday 14 September, including archival displays, dressing up and outdoor games.

Tuckers Hall

140 Fore Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3AN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Medieval meeting hall dating from 1471. Home to The Incorporated Guilds of Weavers, Fullers (AKA Tuckers) and Shearmen. Woollen Cloth Trades Museum with static and interactive exhibits plus guided tours.

Two Westbury Churches and their history in the Dean

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

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

Upton House

Upton Country Park, Poole Road, Upton, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7BJ
In person
Pre-booking required

Upton House will be open to all for 2 days of exhibitions and guided tours to tell the story of its connections to Poole and the local community created by history and costume students from Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth.

Veryan Bunker Tours

Kiberick Cove car park, near Pennare Farm, Veryan, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 5PH
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover the cold war secrets hidden up on Nare Head.

Visit St Anne's Church at Oxenhall, near Newent

St Anne's Church, Oxenhall, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1RH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit a church built in the 14th century, rebuilt in the 17th century following a design by Provincial Architect, John MIddleton.

Visit the Deputy Gaveller in his office

Bank House, Bank Street, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8BA
In person
Pre-booking required

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

Walcot Methodist Chapel

Walcot Methodist Chapel, Nelson Place East, London Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 5DA
In person
Pre-booking not required

The original ‘Walcot Chapel’ is the oldest Methodist chapel in Bath. It is a place of worship for the congregation of Bath Methodist Church on Sundays and open for other activities and community groups during the week.

Warminster Athenaeum

18-20 High Street, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 9AE
In person
Pre-booking required

A historic tour around the 500 year old buildings, showing the various parts of the building in their current use as a showcase of today's Athenaeum.

Warminster Maltings

Warminster Maltings Ltd, 39 Pound Street, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 8NN
In person
Pre-booking required

Visitors will receive an expert-led guided tour of Britain's only surviving commercial 'floor' maltings, explaining how malt is made and why Warminster is the historical centre of the industry.

Warminster School

Church Street, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 8PJ
In person
Pre-booking required

Warminster School dates back to 1707, the tour is of some of our historical buildings and behind the scenes of our hidden treasures, ranging from a chapel, the Five Courts and the WW2 Italian Prisoner of War Pinocchio Paintings.

Weld Memorial Chapel

North Road, Chideock, Dorset, DT6 6RY
In person
Pre-booking not required

A rare example of a complete mid-19th Century Mortuary Chapel.

Westgate Street and Cathedral Quarter Heritage Walk

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

Learn about Westgate Street and its history.

White Mill

White Mill, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4BX
In person
Pre-booking not required

We are celebrating Heritage Open Days by offering free entry to White Mill on 7 and 8 September. Discover White Mill, a corn mill with original wooden machinery in a peaceful riverside setting

WILLIAM CHAMPION'S GARDEN & GROTTO

Kingswood Heritage Museum, Tower Lane, Warmley, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS30 8XT
In person
Pre-booking not required

The remarkable surviving Grade II 18th century garden of brassworker William Champion with a giant statue of Neptune and astonishing hidden grotto with a central pool surrounded by 6 grotesque faces with gaping jaws opening into subterranean tunnels.

Wimborne Minster Bell Tower Guided Visit

Wimborne Minster Church of St Cuthburga, High St, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1EB
In person
Pre-booking required

See historic Wimborne Minster from above.

Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Winterbourne Court Farm Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS36 1SE
In person
Pre-booking not required

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

Winterbourne Parish Church

Winterbourne Parish Church, Church Lane, Winterbourne, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS36 1SE
In person
Pre-booking not required

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

Woodchester Mansion

Woodchester Mansion, Woodchester Park, Nympsfield, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, GL10 3TS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visitors can see this unique unfinished Grade I listed Gothic Revival house, built 1857-67, and understand how it was constructed. Take a self-guided tour or join guided tours at 1145 and 1430.

Woodspring Priory by the Sea

Woodspring Priory Cottage, Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS22 9YU
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Join us to explore Woodspring Priory on either Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 September 2024.

Wotton House

International School, Horton Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 3PR
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join us for a journey into the past at Wotton House. The Grade II listed building dating from the early 18th century was built for Thomas Horton.

Wotton House Talk: The History and Archaeology of Wotton House

Gloucestershire International School, Horton Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 3PR
In person
Pre-booking not required

Wotton House has been part of the Wotton Landscape since 1707 and educating students for the past 100 years.