European Heritage Open Days

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

EHOD 2022

During September the Department for Communities coordinates over 250 sites and properties to open their doors to the public and offer a wide range of online events on top of the actual outdoor events.

EHOD 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. EHOD 2022 theme will be raising awareness of sustainable heritage.

Sustainable Heritage is a landmark opportunity for event participants and venue owners ‘openers’ to focus their events, talks and workshops around the part they play in making historical sites and tourist venues more environmentally friendly.

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

Natural surroundings across Northern Ireland will also have an opportunity to show-off its hidden wonders, from small urban green spaces and gardens, to expansive rural countryside, woodlands, waterways, and geological features all expected to take part.

What is happening for EHOD 2022?

EHOD 2022 will be opening its doors across Northern Ireland in September with dates to be announced in January 2022.

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

You can keep up to date with all things EHOD and much more by signing up to our LoveHeritageNI newsletter.

Some of the highlights from 2021 include: The Ulster American Folk Park in County Tyrone, The Tower Museum in County Londonderry, County Fermanagh’s Portora Castle, a guided tour of Cultra Manor in County Down, a tour of the Grand Opera House in Belfast, exploring the Hidden History of Dunluce Castle Tour in County Antrim and a Guided Vehicular Tour of Glen Ree (Valley of Kings) in County Armagh.

Take part

Please get in touch if you are interested in opening your site or property for EHOD 2022.

Once you have been added to our mailing list you will receive the very latest news and information about EHOD alongside tips and advice to help make the weekend a memorable visitor experienceFor more information or to get in touch with the EHOD Team:
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