Heritage Open Days are taking place Thurs 6th – Sun 9th & Thurs 13th – Sun 16th September Different venues are opening different days so be sure to double check the dates as you plan your visits.
Who doesn’t need some FREE days out ideas after the Summer holidays?!
Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.
See the top Mumbler picks below:
Knaresborough Castle and Museum
Address: Castle Yard, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8AS
Open Day: Saturday 15 September: 11.00-16.00
“Knaresborough Castle is lovely to walk around, plenty of space to sit and relax.”
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal
Address: National Trust, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Estate Office, Studley Park, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY
Open Day: Saturday 15 September: 1000-1700
“Fountains Abbey has a great park and they can climb around the ruins and fields to run and roam.”
“Fountains Abbey is one of our favourite places.”
Address: Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD
Open Days: Saturday 15 September: 1030-1700 & Sunday 16 September: 1030-1700
“There’s a nice playground and ride on trikes. Ice creams in the cafe and grass to run about on. They do crafts in the holidays.”
“There’s an adventure playground, walled gardens, coffee shop as well as the house”
Address: 1 Naburn Locks, Naburn, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 4RU
Open Day: Sunday 9 September: 1000-1600
Family friendly free day out! A beautiful location with historic buildings to explore, a blacksmiths forge, boat trips, stalls and music. York Rescue Boat will be doing demonstrations. Explorers will run free activities for kids.
“Naburn lock is fascinating. My nearly four year old loves it, and marina a few minutes away wother a lovely café.”
“Naburn lock is nice and not far at all.”
Address: Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5UY
Open Days: Friday 7 September: 10.30am – 5pm, Saturday 8 September: 10.30am – 5pm
“Nunnington Hall (about 45 mins from York) has lovely gardens to run around in/take a rug and have a picnic. Pretty setting by a river in the Howardian Hills.”
“Nunnington Hall is good. Flat for little ones to walk.”
“Nunnington Hall is lovely. The gardens are perfect for little ones and they have peacocks too.”
Rievaulx Terrace (close to Nunnington Hall, so consider ticking them both off in one day)
Address: National Trust, Rievaulx Terrace & Temples, Mossy Bank Wood, Rievaulx, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LJ
Open Days: Friday 7 September: 10am – 4pm, Saturday 8 September: 10am – 4pm
“We stumbled across Rievaulx terrace which looks over the abbey and is National Trust. Lovely woodland and little play park.”
“Rievaulx Terrace is lovely and flat for a pushchair.”
Address: National Trust, Treasurers House, Minster Yard, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7JL
Open Days: Saturday 8 September: 1100-1630, Sunday 9 September: 1100-1630, Saturday 15 September: 1100-1630 & Sunday 16 September: 1100-1630
“Treasurers House behind the Minster often has giant jenga and croquet out, there is a nice fountain that my kids love too.”
Poppleton Community Railway Nursery
Address: Station Road, Upper Poppleton, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 6QA
Open Day: Saturday 8 September: 1000-1600
Look at the greenhouse and view the plant sales. They’ll be refreshments and homemade cake. Children can have their photo taken sitting on one of our engines.
“It’s a lovely little nursery”
So that’s the Mumbler highlight’s, but you can input your postcode for events near you: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/advanced-search
See the Heritage open days website for more info.