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.

This year's festival will be one of our biggest yet, with over 140 free events! The theme is Freedom, Justice & Equality to mark the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest, a copy of which is held alongside Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle. This lesser known charter restored the historic rights and freedoms of common people to gather fuel, food and graze their animals in royal forests across the kingdom. So look out for events celebrating hard won freedoms, historic crimes and cruel punishments.

Our festival brochure will be launched at the Lincolnshire Show on 21st June. It will also be available from libraries, tourist information centres and heritage sites across the county and from our offices in Heckington. You can also download a printable copy below.

New Events & Cancellations

Don't miss these last minute entries you wont find in your brochure!

Market Rasen Railway Station hard hat tours
Market Rasen Old Police Station & Magistrates' Court
Browne's Hospital in Stamford
Lincoln Guildhall & Stonebow
Tours of Roman Horncastle
WWI Stained Glass in Scunthorpe
Mud and Stud Demonstrations at the Heritage Skills Centre in Lincoln

We are sorry to report that the events at Ellis Windmill in Lincoln have had to be cancelled due to the ongoing restoration work.

Get your festival brochure here

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Lincoln Heritage Music Festival

From 9th-10th September take a free journey through musical history

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Heritage for Hounds!

find dog friendly events

Explore heritage open days by train or bus

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