Heritage Open Days to return this September

The return will mark the 25th year of Heritage Open Days in Coventry and across the country.


Heritage Open Days will return to Coventry and the surrounding area this September, once again showing some of Coventry’s most stunning buildings and hosting activities to take part in.

Heritage Open Days is a National initiative, coordinated by the National Trust with funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, and is England’s largest grassroots heritage festival.

Locally organised by Coventry City Council, the event is free and celebrates Coventry’s architecture, culture and local and social history.

Save the dates: 13 – 22 September.

This year is both the national Heritage Open Days and Coventry’s Heritage Open Days 25th anniversary. Coventry has been involved from the start of Heritage Open Days and has always had incredibly strong support from venues and volunteers.

The national theme for this year’s Heritage Open Days is People Power.

“So what does ‘People Power’ mean? Perhaps it’s the recent marches that have taken place in London, or the growing awareness of the dangers of single-use plastics. The phrase might conjure up images of the Greenham Common women, the poll tax riots, or even John Lennon and Yoko Ono, long-haired and hippyish in the Amsterdam Hilton. People Power is all these things – from small victories to global triumphs and everything in-between. Heritage Open Days – with its roots in local communities and soft activism – has People Power at its heart, and the ability of local communities, groups and individuals to evoke change will be the main focus and theme for 2019.

If the event is anything like last year, we can expect open days at the Charterhouse Priory, Drapers Hall and more.

In the meantime, you can take a look at Historic Coventry’s planned projects map below.