Heritage Open Days (HODs) is the nation’s biggest free celebration of England’s fantastic architecture, history and culture. It has taken place annually in the UK every September since 1994. It is a part of European Heritage Days, a Council of Europe initiative where 50 countries allow the public a chance to visit heritage sites that are usually not open, free of charge, which attracts up to 20 million visitors each year.
HODs is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring local history and culture to life. Free of charge and literally on people’s doorstep, HODs is an event for everyone, whatever their background, age and ability.
Heritage Open Days in Tyne and Wear, sponsored by Port of Tyne, is one of the biggest and best in the Country! It is only made possible by the generous time, effort and enthusiasm of all the volunteers at the participating buildings, tours and events.
There will be a multitude of interesting buildings and activities to visit. For more information visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk from mid-July, or pick up a booklet from Tourist Information Centres, Libraries or Council Offices from 1 August.