Heritage Open Days Return | Visit Bradford

England’s largest festival of history and culture returns this year to one again throw open the doors on some of the incredible buildings across the country and the Bradford district to present their stories.

Following last year’s unprecedented events, which saw the event transition to a more digital platform to allow everyone to stay involved (with great success), boots are back on the ground in a big way this year, giving you the opportunity to see some amazing places that are rarely open to the public in person!

Lower Wyke Church will open it’s doors on the 11th and 12th of September to allow you to learn about the church which dates back to 1753 as well as the sister’s house and girls school that were later established there.

High Royds Chapel, Menston with its garden and nature reserve, is also open on the 11th and 12th. The chapel graveyard was originally used by the High Royds psychiatric hospital and has been used as part of the campaign to remove the stigma around mental health issues.

East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley will be open for free on the 11th and 12th as part of Heritage Open Days, offering you the opportunity to explore the attractive 17th century home and grounds, as well as the great barn and its collection of historical farming equipment.

The Saltaire Dining Hall will be open for hourly tours on September 11th and 12th. You’ll learn about the building’s various uses, from dining hall to school hall to dancing hall and all in between. The tours are being held to commemorate both Heritage Open Days and the 20th anniversary of Saltaire’s UNESCO status.

On September 14th, you can take a seat in the Victorian auditorium of St. George’s Hall, Bradford for a heritage talk about the venue’s food history as part of this year’s open days’ Edible England theme. Discover how royal visitors to the Hairy Bikers influenced the food served in the hall!

Train enthusiasts will appreciate the chance to go behind the scenes at the Rail Story, Ingrow on the 18th and 19th. The facilities will be available to the public for the first time, and tours will run throughout the day, providing a rare opportunity to view the work that goes into preserving the vintage engines and carriages.

Bradford Cathedral will host a series of talks on September 19th to highlight some of the lesser-known persons affiliated with the cathedral, including embroiderers and bell ringers as well as Arctic explorers!

And don’t forget that no matter what time of year it is, you can always check out the Bradford City Centre Heritage Trail, which you can download for free from our website!

While restrictions have been eased, please remember to follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines in order to enjoy these events in a safe and responsible manner.

Have an amazing September, and don’t forget to tag @visitbradford and #VisitBradford in your photos of all the wonderful things you’ve seen and done in Bradford & district. For the full Heritage Open Days listing go to: www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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