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Heritage Open Days 2019


Welcome to England's favourite heritage festival! Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore. There are countless amazing venues and attractions across Tyne and Wear who will open their doors, some for the first time, to allow visitors a fascinating peek into the history and heritage of our region.

Free of charge and right on your doorstep, Heritage Open Days is an event for everyone! From castles to city halls, tunnels to tower tops, police cells to private homes, workshops to woodland walks, the variety of places and ways to discover them are endless.

This is the 25th year of the annual Heritage Open Days weekend of architecture, history and culture in Tyne and Wear. There are a multitude of buildings and activities for you to choose from throughout Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Events include the following, with many more available -

Victoria Tunnel Guided Tour

From Flax to Freelance: The History of 36 Lime Street

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Building and History Tours

Headstones & Heritage Guided Tour

Coffins, plagues and burials walk

Gateshead’s Historic Quayside

North East Life in the 1970s & 80s

Chillingham Road Primary School Museum

Live Theatre Heritage Tours

Trinity House Tours

St Mary’s Church, Heworth

Christ Church, Shieldfield

Heaton Park Guided Walk

Armstrong Park and Jesmond Vale Walk

All Saints’ Church Hard Hat Tour

Bessie Surtees House

Swing Bridge - Saturdays SOLD OUT, Sundays STILL AVAILABLE

Newcastle Castle

Church of the Divine Unity

Alderman Fenwick’s House

Newcastle Cathedral - Dare You Climb the Tower?

Newcastle City Library: Discover Charles Avison with James Sutton

Cooper’s Studios

Theatre Royal

Tyneside Cinema

The Lit & Phil

Vintage Bus Tour - Newcastle

Grainger Market Tours

Saltwell Recreation & Remembrance

Blackfriars - Restaurant, Parlour Bar, Banquet Hall, Cookery School and Tasting Room

Tyne Theatre and Opera House - Theatre Tours

Discovery Museum - Behind the Scenes Tours

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum

BOWES RAILWAY Heritage Trail Walks​​​​​​​

Stephenson Railway Museum

Tanfield Railway​​​​​​​

North Shields to Tynemouth History Tour and Talk​​​​​​​

Full the full line up of events, visit the Heritage Open Days website.


Opening Times

Tyne and Wear Heritage Open Days 2019 (13 Sept 2019 - 22 Sept 2019)

Guide Prices

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Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



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