Heritage Open Days

Lancaster will be throwing open its doors again this weekend when local buildings of every age, style and function take part in the biggest free celebration of England’s history, heritage and culture.

Get chance to see different openings, guided tours and events taking place giving local people and visitors the opportunity to explore some of the hidden gems in Lancaster, bringing local history and culture to life.

This weekend, you’ll be able to enjoy a tour of the city’s town hall in Dalton Square, visit an exhibition on the history of the Assembly Rooms on King Street or uncover the secrets of Lancaster’s Lost Observatory in Williamson Park.

Special openings which are new to the programme this year include Lancaster Royal Grammar School’s most historic grade II listed building, Old School House dating back to 1851.  Visitors will also be able to view an exhibition featuring some of our famous former including Sir Richard Owen, Lord Ashton, Henry Gregson and Herbert Storey amongst others. There will also be tours of the building.

Lancaster’s first railway station, Springville House will also be open to visitors for the first time this year and the University of Cumbria and Carnforth Railway Station are also presenting previously unseen art and memorabilia from their archives and special collections.

Find more information about all venues included in the festival on our what’s on page or alternatively visit Lancaster Visitor Information Centre to pick up a copy of the programme.