Heritage Open Days

Your once-a-year chance to discover some of Lincolnshire's rarely seen historic treasures, with exciting experiences that bring local history and culture to life, for free!

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are not usually publicly accessible or would normally charge a fee. It also includes tours, events and activities that focus on and celebrate the local heritage of the area. Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest and most popular voluntary cultural event and is also held in a further 48 countries across Europe.

Ever since 1994 Heritage Lincolnshire has co-ordinated Heritage Open Days within the historic county. So far there have been well over a thousand events and hundreds of thousands of visitors. But we couldn't do it without our volunteers, as hundreds of people each year give their time to plan events and open up special places that matter to them.

If you have an idea for an event head to our organiser area to download an event registration form.

Lincolnshire Learning, Wisdom and Folklore 2019

In 2019 we celebrated the festival's 25th anniversary with the theme of Lincolnshire Learning, Wisdom and Folklore.

This year’s theme sought to celebrate learning in its widest possible sense, from skills sharing to folklore, and academic heritage to military training. For the first time ever the festival took place over a ten day period, from Friday 13th to Sunday 22nd September 2019. This gave everyone more time to visit the special places taking part.

Thank You for Your Support

Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days couldn't run without the support of dozens of organisers, hundreds of helpers and volunteers, and local councils for Lincolnshire.

In particular, we would like to thank the Heritage Open Days Steering Group, who meet on a quarterly basis to lead on the festival, the Events Development Group, who go out across the country to meet and engage with local organisers, and local authorities whose financial contribution keeps the festival running year on year.

The 2019 festival ran in partnership with: