European Heritage Open Days

European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) is Northern Ireland’s annual celebration of local architecture, history and culture.This year we have over 250 sites and properties opening their doors to the public to host a number of online events and the usual physical event - all of which are FREE. This year EHOD 2021 will take place from 6 to 12 September.

EHOD 2021

European Heritage Open Days 2021 6 to 12 September Exploring our hidden history together

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The physical events (both indoor and outdoor) will run from 10 to 12 September whilst the online events will run from 6 to 12 September.

The week-long online event will include virtual visits to sites and properties, guided tours and a host of online lectures and talks whilst the physical events will see properties open their doors to the public with a number hosting lectures, talks, tours and special events just for EHOD

The EHOD brochure for 2021 can be downloaded now giving you easy access to the full list of events and details of all participating venues.  You can also visit the Discover Northern Ireland website for up to date listings. We are adding new EHOD events daily so keep an eye on our social media for the very latest.

The theme for EHOD 2021 in Northern Ireland is ‘Inclusion – exploring our hidden history together’.

For more information or to get in touch with the EHOD Team:
Telephone: 028 9082 3207 
Facebook @LoveHeritageNI
Twitter @LoveHeritageNI
Instagram @LoveHeritageNI

What is happening for EHOD 2021?

For EHOD 2021 we have in the region of 220+ properties and events who will be opening their doors to the public free of charge during 10 – 12 September.

So far we have confirmed 70 online events running from 6 - 12 September to include talks, virtual tours and lectures.

This year EHOD will run for longer giving you the chance to get involved. Some of the highlights for this year 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.

Why it’s called ‘European Heritage Open Days’ 

The Continent of Europe consist of countries who are members of the European Union (EU) as well as countries who are not in the EU. So although the UK left the EU, it’s still part of Europe. The Council of Europe (CoE), who run European Heritage Days across Europe, is a separate organization from the European Union. It promotes Europe’s diversity of cultures, arts and cultural heritage. 

European Heritage Days (known as ‘European Heritage Open Days’ in Northern Ireland) are the most widely celebrated cultural event shared by the citizens of Europe. This event raises awareness of the many values of our common heritage and the continuous need for its protection. That ties in with the aims of the Department for Communities Historic Environment Division (Love Heritage NI brand) who coordinate this event in Northern Ireland.

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