Chester

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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days return in September and work is underway to arrange the programme of buildings, tours and exhibitions in Chester and West Cheshire.

Background to Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days celebrate England's fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.  Properties of every age, type and size in Chester and the Cheshire West area will be opened, including churches, schools, halls, historic sites and historic buildings.

It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture

As they are free of charge and literally on people's doorstep Heritage Open Days are for everyone, whatever their background, age and ability.

Co-ordinated nationally by English Heritage, the event thrives on the enthusiasm and expertise of local people. In Cheshire, The Chester Civic Trust and the Council work closely to make it a memorable celebration and incidentally, a contribution to England's largest voluntary cultural event.

Heritage Open Days return in September there is a full programme of buildings, tours and exhibitions in Chester and West Cheshire.

This year we have a new quiz for children. The Heritage Open Days ‘Passport’ booklets will be available from Thursday 12 September from participating buildings:

  • Bishop Lloyd's Palace
  • Grosvenor Museum
  • Chester Cathedral
  • The Water Tower
  • King Charles’ Tower
  • The Military Museum
  • St John’s Church
  • Spud-u-Like

We hope that children will be encouraged to take part in Heritage Open Days by answering the questions and producing drawings in the eight buildings. 

Building owners who would like to include their property in future Heritage Open Days can contact Chester History and Heritage by: