Heritage Open Days

A once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities 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 either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance 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.

This year the theme for Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days is 'Tudor Lincolnshire'. Don't forget to pick up your HOD brochure from a Tourist Information Centre or library near you or download a pdf version of the Heritage Open Days 2015 brochure.

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Additions and amendments to the programme.

Addition - 'Vintage bus service in Lincoln' provided by Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society:

Vintage bus service stops at Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum, the Priory Centre, the Stonebow, the Lincoln Hotel, opposite BBC Radio Lincolnshire and at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life on Sunday. Download the timetable so you don't miss out!


Addition - 'Medieval Majesty, Mirth and Merriment' at St Peter and St Paul Church, Algarkirk PE20 2HH:

Wandering minstrels, medieval stonemasons, traditional crafts and lots of fun activities from noon on Sunday 13th September.

Addition - 'Paul Espin's RAF Binbrook and Brookenby ANZAC DVD launch':

Binbrook Parish Council invite you to an afternoon with Paul Espin to launch his new DVD which he has recorded with 460 Veterans from RAF Binbrook on ANZAC day 2015. Sunday 13th September 2pm - 5pm.

Addition - 'St. Katherine's Priory - The Gateway to Lincoln':

Discover the history of St. Katherine's Priory and the area now known as St. Catherine's. Discover the heritage of the Gilbertine Priory, St. Katherine's Hall and how well the Victorians buried 800 years of history! Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September.

Amendment - 31b 'St Andrew's Church, Heckington':

No tours available on Thursday although the church will be open, Tours will be available all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday but must be booked on 01529 460306.

Saturday evening - A free recital of 'Music Through the Ages' by the St Andrews' Singers and the St Andrews' Church Band, 6pm - 7pm.

Sunday evening - Choral Evensong 6pm

Lincolnshire’s Heritage Open Days

Since 1994 the Heritage Lincolnshire has co-ordinated Heritage Open Days within the county. So far there have been over 1,000 events in the 21 years that we’ve been managing the programme!

In 2014 Lincolnshire’s Heritage Open Days attracted over 26,000 visitors to its 113 events. Over 740 volunteers and 90 staff helped to make the 2014 programme a great success.

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