1000’s of amazing buildings for you to visit this September

September is a fantastic month for period property fans.  With Heritage Open Days (HODS) running for not one but two consecutive weekends across England. And London Open House opening up over 800 buildings there are so many amazing opportunities to have a nose around properties not usually open to the public (No. 10 Downing Street anyone?)

And if you don’t live in the UK then don’t worry. There are some stunning places for you to visit too.

Just don’t forget you camera!

Primary Logo for Heritage Open Days 2018 © Heritage Open Days

6-9th September and 13-16 September – All across England

Looking through the list of properties open through this scheme puts me in period property heaven. There are just so many to choose from. And best of all they are all free to visit.

The project is promoted by the National Trust but properties run by all sorts of organisations take part. And it’s not just houses you can see but industrial, agricultural, religious and public buildings too.  They have all played their own unique roles in our history and the only problem is deciding which one to visit first.

It’s the first time the event has been run over two consecutive weekends and there are over 5000, volunteer run, events to choose from.  Families are very welcome and, in many cases, this is the only opportunity you will get to see these special buildings. So do take a peek while you can.

And, if that wasn’t enough to tempt you, many of the venues are also holding events to highlight some of the extraordinary women who have helped to shape our history. To find out where to go and what to do visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk or take a look at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Not in England?

Then don’t worry.  The Heritage Open Days scheme is part of the much wider ranging European Heritage Days which takes place every year across 50, yes 50, countries!

My ‘wish list’ of places to visit has just got so much longer. But to find out what’s going on where you are, just visit www.europeanheritagedays.com/Home/Heritage-and-communities.aspx then scroll down to find the country you’re looking for.


Open House London - 22-23 September 2018

London Open House – 22-23 September 2018

If you live closer to London, or are visiting this month, then check out openhouselondon.org.uk for the chance to visit over 800 amazing, sometimes jaw-dropping, properties. Under this scheme its not just historical properties but many modern beauties that are on show. Many of which you will have seen on television and best of all, it’s all free!

The Old Waiting Room at Peckham Rye Station Image copyright Benedict OLooney Architects

Tagged as London’s biggest architecture festival there’s a huge range of walks, talks and tours to choose from. And, if you want to get even more involved, there’s even a chance to volunteer at one of the properties or submit your own property for inclusion.

Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre, Café and Lobby Stanton Williams
Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre, Café and Lobby Stanton Williams


Finally, there’s also a nifty app and guide book to help you plan your weekend. Oh and facebook, twitter and instagram. I think I’m in heaven!

If you get a chance to visit any of these properties, please do drop me a line in the comments below.  I’d love to know what you think.




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Rachael Hale (Homes and History Magpie)

Freelance home interiors and Kent history writer. Member of the Society of Authors. Find me via Twitter - @rachaelhale1 Read my home interiors and history blog - www.historymagpie.com

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