European Heritage Open Days

European Heritage Open Days is an annual event celebrating local architecture, history and culture, which takes place across Europe on the second weekend in September. In Northern Ireland European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) is run by the Department for Communities with the support of the Council of Europe and the European Commission.

Organising an event

Each year over 250 people open their doors and organise events for EHOD across Northern Ireland.

It is a once-a-year opportunity for curious families, architect lovers and heritage enthusiasts to explore buildings and exclusive sites rarely open to the public.

Each EHOD celebrates a shared theme throughout Europe and for 2022 the theme is Sustainable Heritage: Learn, Use, Enjoy.

Sustainable Heritage is an landmark opportunity for organisers to focus their events, talks, tours and workshops around the part they play in making historical sites and tourist venues more environmentally friendly.

The theme also invites organisers to share how built and natural heritage contributes to a more sustainable future.

EHOD will also provide an opportunity to showcase our natural surroundings across Northern Ireland from small urban green spaces and gardens, to expansive rural countryside, woodlands, waterways, and geological features.

What is happening for EHOD 2022?

EHOD 2022 will be opening its doors across Northern Ireland on 10 and 11 September with week-long digital events taking place from 5-11 September.

Plans for 2022 are underway with a range of fascinating talks, virtual tours and lectures as well as brand new places to visit.

Some themed highlights for 2022 include: County Londonderry- Creggan Country Park Nature Hub, Tower Museum Stores Tour, Hezlett House Guided tour, County Antrim- Arthur Cottage workshops, Carnlough Town Hall sustainable Heritage Walking tour, Belfast Print workshop, County Down - Blue Bell Lane Roundhouse, Castle Ward Living History weekend, County Armagh- Armagh Planetarium Astro Park Walk, County Fermanagh -Tully Castle Foraging Walk. 

Some new events for EHOD 2022 include Belfast Window in Wildlife, County Tyrone -Emigrant Walk, Maghera, Friel’s Famine and Folklore, Draperstown Unique Heritage, County Fermanagh – Sheebeg Henge Enclosure, Rath and Barrow.

A full list of European Heritage Open Day events is available.



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