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Heritage Open Days Festival

Fri Sep 13 - Sun Sep 22

Heritage Open Days Festival

Each September thousands of volunteers across the country invite you to experience local history, architecture and culture. All for free.

This year’s festival will run 13-22 September. What will you discover?!

All Saint’s Church, Holme on Spalding Moor
Market Weighton Road, Holme on Spalding Moor, YORK, North Yorkshire, YO43 4ED

This medieval church will be open for visitors to look round. You will be able to climb the tower to look at the Saxon carving and see the magnificent views of the Vale of York (including York Minster on a clear day).
Sunday 15 September: 14.00 – 16.00

All Saints’ Church Heritage Weekend
All Saints’ Church, Kirby Hill, Church Lane, Boroughbridge, York, North Yorkshire, YO51 9DX

Visitors can visit our beautiful, ancient (pre-Conquest foundation) church and look around, accompanied by one of the church members on duty or unaccompanied. Refreshments (tea/coffee and biscuits) available to visitors
Saturday 14 September: 1000 – 1630
Sunday 15 September: 1200 – 1630

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens
Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, Y030 1DD

Explore the evolving gardens and watch the harvest grow. Take a seat under the new Pergola, designed by Andy Sturgeon. Head into the hall to see this year’s exhibition: Yorkshire! Achievement, Grit and Controversy.
Friday 20 September: 1030-1700
Saturday 21 September: 1030-1700

Castle Howard – Howard Family Mausoleum Tour
Castle Howard Estate Ltd, Castle Howard, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 7DA

Discover breath taking landscapes and awe-inspiring architecture, with a rare chance to visit the spectacular Castle Howard Mausoleum. Journey through an 18th-century landscape where art and nature’s beauty combine to create a place like no other.
Pre-booking required
Saturday 14 September: Tour departs 10.30 – FULLY BOOKED
Monday 16 September: Tour departs 10.30
Friday 20 September: Tour departs 10.30 – FULLY BOOKED

Celebration of Glen allotments, Glen park and Mosaic garden in York
Glen Park, East Parade, Heworth, York, North Yorkshire, Yo31 7yb

A guided walk around Glen Allotment site celebrating over a 100 years of continual use, followed by nearby walk around park and Mosaic garden with volunteer gardeners and tea and cake in the park at our kiosk.
Saturday 21 September: 13.00 – 16.00

Fishergate Postern Tower
Friends of York Walls, Fishergate Postern Tower, Piccadilly, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9AF

Look round this largely unmodernised 500 year old tower with volunteers to help. You can climb the narrow spiral staircase to the rooms on 3 floors with a garderobe, mullioned windows, timber roof, battlements, look-out tower and mason’s marks.
Saturday 14 September: 10:00-16:00
Sunday 15 September: 10:00-16:00

From Past to Present at the King’s Manor
University of York, The Kings Manor, Exhibition Square, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7EP

Come and discover the hidden histories of The King’s Manor, a medieval building at the heart of York. Discover the building with our expert guides and find out about some our latest discoveries.
Saturday 21 September: 1000-1500

Goddards House and Garden
Goddards, 27 Tadcaster Road, Dringhouses, York, North Yorkshire, YO24 1GG

A warm Arts and Crafts house full of memories, Goddards is the former home of the Terry family, where you can sit down in the drawing room with a sherry, play tennis on the court in the garden or make a chocolate box in the factory room.
Friday 13 September: 1030-1700
Friday 20 September: 1030-1700

Howsham Mill
Howsham Hall Road, Howsham, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 7PA

Come and meet some of the pioneers of the Howsham Mill restoration project. Discover just what ‘people power’ has achieved in restoring this 18th century water mill back to its former glory.
Sunday 15 September: 10.30am to 5pm

Kilnwick Percy Hall: Buddhist Meditation Centre
Madhyamaka K M C, Kilnwick Percy Hall, Kilnwick Percy, York, North Yorkshire, YO42 1UF

Grade 2* listed Georgian mansion now home to Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre, a centre of meditation & modern Buddhism, set within nearly 50 acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands, with cafe and gift shop.
Saturday 14 September: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Sunday 15 September: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Nunnington Hall
Nunnington, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5UY

Picturesque Yorkshire manor house with organic garden and exciting exhibitions
Friday 20 September: 1000-1700
Saturday 21 September: 1000-1700

Rievaulx Terrace
Rievaulx Terrace & Temples, Mossy Bank Wood, Rievaulx, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LJ

One of Yorkshire’s finest 18th-century landscape gardens, containing two temples
Friday 20 September: 1000-1700
Saturday 21 September: 1000-1700

Ryedale Folk Museum
Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton-le-Hole, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UA

Nestled in the beautiful moorland village of Hutton-le-Hole, the Ryedale Folk Museum offers a unique opportunity to explore the history and heritage of the North York Moors. See our historic buildings, discover our collections and meet our animals.
Saturday 21 September: 1000 – 1700

St Lawrence Churchyard
St Lawrence Church, York, North Yorkshire, YO10 3BW

St Lawrence Church York will be open to visitors and in the Churchyard Old St Lawrence Tower will be open to see inside – guided tours of the Churchyard will be available and inside the Church a display on the planned St Lawrence Churchyard project.
Saturday 14 September: Open 10:00 – 14:00. Also ten minute tours at 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:30, 13:00 and 13:30.

Treasurer’s House
Treasurers House, Minster Yard, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7JL

Treasurer’s House was the first house to be donated with it’s full collection to the Trust in 1930. Wander through a house of contradictions and marvel at the award winning garden with breathtaking views. Free Ghost cellar and Attic tours available.
Saturday 14 September: 1100-1630 (Last entry 1600)
Sunday 15 September: 1100-1630 (Last entry 1600)
Saturday 21 September: 1100-1630 (Last entry 1600)
Sunday 22 September: 1100-1630 (Last entry 1600)

York Glaziers Trust studio tour
York Minster Stoneyard, Deangate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7JB

Go behind the scenes at York Glaziers Trust, Britain’s oldest and largest specialist stained glass conservation studio and learn about its work to conserve York Minster’s medieval windows.
Pre-booking required
Friday 20 September:
York Glaziers Trust Studios tours: 9.15am, 10.30am, 11.45am and 1.30pm
South Quire Aisle scaffolding tours: 9.15am, 10.15am, 11.15am and 12.15pm
York Minster Stoneyard’s Plaster Cast Museum and Drawing Office with Master Mason John David: 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am


Fri Sep 13
Sun Sep 22
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