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.

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.

European Heritage Open days (EHOD) 2023

European Heritage Open Days will take place 9 and 10 September 2023.

There will be digital offerings running through the week from 4-10 September.

Each year EHD’s celebrate a shared theme throughout Europe and for 2023 the theme is “Living Heritage- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”.

This theme explores oral traditions, practices, places and objects passed from generation to generation that is continually being created in order to keep it living and meeting the needs of the present and informing our choices for the future.  

If you are interested in organising an event or opening a local historical property for European Heritage Open Days registration opens on 27 February 2023.

More information can be requested by emailing the EHOD team.

EHOD 2022 Review

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

With a wide variety of fascinating talks, tours and lectures as well as brand new places to visit there was something for everyone to enjoy.

European Heritage Open Days 2022 Report



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