This basically is an annual celebration of England’s glorious and often overlooked and forgotten architectural and cultural buildings. Visitors are given the opportunity to visit unusual buildings and historical landmarks (and also go on tours for free), which are either very rarely open to the public or that they normally charge an entrance fee. These are often buildings that you might have been aware of for many years but have never ventured inside of.
These special openings are often organised by a team of knowledgeable volunteers (of which there are some 40,000 right across the country) or even the property owners themselves and they are more than willing to convey their in-depth knowledge of their chosen structure.
The scheme started in 1994 as England’s contribution to European Heritage Days and now no less than 49 countries now participate.
As one would expect, Brighton & Hove have their fair share of buildings to go out and explore, but it is vital that you visit the Heritage Open Days website prior to visiting any of them, in order to ascertain whether the entrance is by ticket or just turn up on the day. A large number of tours are by ticket only and spaces are very limited indeed.
Our wonderful city has a wealth of history to go out and explore, whether you are aged 9 or 90! There’s something for everyone from all walks of life – what will you discover?
For more information, visit: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/
The Brighton & Hove News have set themselves a busy schedule over the 4 days and have planned to visit a number of varied buildings within our city boundaries.
With Days One, Two and Three now complete, we would like to share some of our photographs with you for inspiration.
Thursday 7th September schedule –
9:30 am Regency Town House Tour, Brunswick Square
11:00 am Embassy Court Tour
1:15 pm Kemp Town Railway Tunnel
2:00 pm Parish Church of St Paul, West Street
4:00 pm Palace Pier History Tour (alas our guide didn’t turn up)
Friday 8th September schedule –
10:00 am Duke of Yorks Cinema
11:15 am Brighton College
2:30 pm Shoreham Port Tour
6:15 pm Pubs, Banks and Pylons, the architectural legacy of John Leopold Denman
Saturday 9th September schedule –
10:00 am Brighton Quakers Meeting House, Ship Street
10:30 am Theatre Royal Tour