European Heritage Days were established in 1991 by the Council of Europe and the European Commission to raise appreciation for Europe’s rich and diverse cultural assets and their need for care and protection.  The central principle was simple – to throw open the doors to historic monuments and buildings, in particular those normally closed to the public.  Today, they are held annually in September by over 50 member states, with each country running it in their own way, the festival highlighting the dazzling diversity of Europe’s heritage, and its intercultural links.

Across the UK European Heritage Days takes the form of various programmes  with participation growing year on year. Spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors,  the festival is a unique and powerful partnership. Entry to all the events is free and it’s a chance for communities nationwide to come together to learn, explore and have fun by sharing the treasures on their doorstep.


The 2018 programme is 13th – 16th September –

Also in England is London Open House – their website is  and their 2018 programme is over the weekend of 22nd – 23rd September.

European Heritage Days in Scotland is promoted as Doors Open Days: 2018 programme is throughout September with events every weekend.

Scottish Archaeology Month also runs  in September:

European Heritage Days in Wales is promoted as Open Doors:

The Northem Ireland programme can be found at: and on Facebook: #ehodni