Heritage Open Days | Visit Bradford

Get ready to celebrate 25 anniversary of Heritage Open Days. Each September thousands of volunteers across the country invite you to experience local history, architecture and culture. What will you discover in Bradford?!

Buildings of every age, style and function in Bradford & district will fling open their doors to the public, free of charge.  Stories are told, traditions explored and histories brought to life. We’ve picked a selection of places that are taking part in Heritage Open Days 2019.

13 – 15 & 20 – 22 September: Visitors to the Rail Story at Ingrow Loco will be able to gain free access to both the Engine shed and the Carriages Trust Museums as well as being able to visit the learning coach in the dock of Ingrow Station and can also look around the Ingrow Railway Station.

14 September: The Suffragettes of St George’s Hall. An open day exploring the rich history of suffragette activity at St George’s Hall, Bradford. Timed talks are planned for 11am and 1.30pm and visitors are welcome to view the site and take part in activities throughout the day.

14 September: Round The Manor House – Gavin Edwards will lead a tour around this Grade 1 Listed Building built on the site of a Roman fort. He will talk about the past of the building and explore some of its secrets.

17 – 20 September: 4000 Miles to Home – A Journey to West Yorkshire at The Bradford Mechanics Institute Library. A join event between Leeds Civic Trust and Bradford Civic Society. A.S Kang arrived in West Yorkshire with his family, moving 4,000 miles from the Punjab. A keen early photographer Kang captures the unique images of life in a mill town.

15 September: Open Afternoon – Guided tours of Bradford Cathedral alongside interesting talks about the building’s little known role in the English Civil War and the fascinating life story of local character Joe Hardcastle, a bell-ringer here for sixty years.

15 September: Manningham Mill Walk – A free guided walk, with guide in costume, around the Manningham area of Bradford. The walk will include fascinating buildings and people from the past and present, plus some future plans. Whether you are a current or former resident of the area, or an interested Bradfordian, a visitor or a student, you will be very welcome.

21 September: Undercliffe Cemetery Tour – The Bradford Worthies. A tour looking at the history of some of Bradford’s Worthies, the leading industrialists and civic leaders, but we will also include a few special people such as Julia Varley and Charlotte Brontës nurse Nancy De Garrs.

21 – 22 September: Saltaire’s Hidden Heroes and Heroines at Shipley College, Salt Building. Find out about Saltaire’s Hidden Heroes and Heroines with activities for all the family and seize the chance to see some of the Saltaire Collection.

The Peace Museum is opening specially on Saturday 21st September from 11am-3pm, as part of Heritage Open Days. Visitors can expect free family activities and guided tours, alongside the museum’s current exhibitions.

21 – 22 September: National Trust East Riddlesden Hall, this hidden gem was saved from demolition in 1934 and now offers a friendly Yorkshire welcome to all who pass through its 400 year old doors.

For the full listing of events taking place over Heritage Open Days 13 – 22 September visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk. Experience local history, architecture and culture, go explore!