Heritage Open Weekend

Heritage Open Days – Yorkshire Top Ten

Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest celebration of culture and history and will run from the 7th – 10th of September. There are over 5,000 events on completely FREE, making it the perfect time to go out and explore just what England has on offer. With so many diverse events, openings and places we’ve helped you out and compiled our ‘Yorkshire Top Ten’ to make it a little bit easier to fit everything in.

Backstage Tours of West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
This city centre theatre puts on hundreds of plays, musicals, talks and ballets every year. This weekend they are offering ‘behind the scenes’ tours, letting you discover what goes into putting productions on the stage and learn the history of West Yorkshire Playhouse as well as its upcoming re-development project.
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Bell Ringing at All Saints Church, Ilkley
Climb the spiral stair-cased 8-bell tower at All Saints Church in Ilkley and have a go at bell ringing! Discover the ancient art and give it a go yourself.
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Harrogate Walking Tour
Discover the origins of this historic Spa town which dates back to the 17th century. Explore the Stray, the springs and the antique buildings that surround it. Learn the hidden secrets of the people who built Harrogate.
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Fountains Abbey, Ripon
Explore the ruins of this Medieval Abbey and its 800 acres of land. For one day only, this World Heritage Site is letting you see behind closed doors and take a tour of the lay brother’s dormitory as well as Fountains Hall.
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Murder at Ripon Workhouse
Fancy yourself the next Sherlock Holmes? Well, a body has been found at Ripon Workhouse Museum and it’s up to you to solve the murder. Using only Victorian detective techniques, can you crack this real life Cluedo?
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Hockney Tours, Bradford
It’s David Hockney’s 80th birthday so why not celebrate with a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the new David Hockney Gallery at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. See his earlier works and learn about his life as an artist in Bradford.
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Knaresborough Castle and Museum
Head to this royal castle and discover medieval Knaresborough. You can visit the King’s Tower, take a peek at a medieval toilet and explore the dungeons. The museum offers many interactive exhibits showcasing Knaresborough’s past and the English Civil war. You can even dress up in the Life in a Castle gallery.
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Ingleborough Nature Reserve Archaeology Walks
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and discover its hidden past as you join Natural England and Ingleborough Archaeology Group for a guided tour. There are two walks on Sunday 10th at 1pm and pre-booking is essential.
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Treasurer’s House & Ghost Cellar Tours, York
This National Trust building is hidden just behind York Minster and showcases wealthy industrialist Frank Green’s passion for furniture and interior design. In 1987 Green transformed the townhouse into the opulent building still standing today. The Treasurer’s House cellars are reportedly haunted, with Roman Centurion ghosts having been sighted in the 1950s. During Heritage Open Days, you can brave the cellars and go on the ghost tour for free.
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Pontefract Castle
This Heritage Open Days, the dungeon tours at Pontefract Castle are free. Head back in time and see the Civil War graffiti carved into the walls by soldiers held prisoner there. After experiencing life underground, why not explore the grounds above?
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To find out everything that is going on over Heritage Open Days click here.

If you’re looking for more FREE activities in Yorkshire, why not check out our blog ‘Top 50 Free Things to do in Yorkshire’.

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