I wish I were in London right now 🙁
This is perhaps a little late, but better late than never. Stumbled upon this gem, which reminded me of our free entries to all the attractions in Athens during our trip to Greece last year. As a part of European Heritage Days, there are many places in London, Scotland, and Wales that are opening their doors that aren’t usually open to the public giving us a chance to visit places that most don’t get to see otherwise. Also, many of the places which charge you an entry fee will let you in for free during these days, making this the best chance for those in the vicinity to make the most of their trip and check out some hidden heritage gems in the process. These gems include grade-listed properties, offices, museums, gardens, attractions and more.
Check out Open House London, Doors Open Days Scotland and Open Doors Wales for more information, and a list of places which you can enter for free. For most of these venues, you can just turn up on the day while some require you to book in advance. Expect long queues at popular venues.
- What? – Free Entry, thanks to European Heritage Days
- Where? – London, Scotland, and Wales
- When? – 17 to 25th September 2016 depending on locations
Open House London
750 venues are participating in Open House London. Some of the key venues are
- The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe (17 & 18 September 2016, usually closed to public)
- Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe (17 & 18 September 2016, usually £6)
- The Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, Winchester House (17 & 18 September 2016, usually open on Sundays only)
- Full List
Doors Open Days Scotland
800+ Scottish properties are throwing their doors open for The Scottish Civic Trust’s Doors Open Days annual architectural festival. Some of the interesting ones are
- Pollok House, Glasgow (18 September only, usually £6.50)
- Cairn O’ Mohr Winery, Errol – Perth & Kinross (25 September only, usually £6)
- Botanic Cottage, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (24 & 25 September 2016, admission to gardens usually free, Glasshouse admission £6.50)
- Full List
Open Doors Wales
300+ buildings in Wales as part of the Welsh Government’s historic environment service’s (Cadw) annual Open Doors event. Some of the key properties include
- Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey (24 & 25 September 2016, usually £6)
- Denbigh Castle, Denbigh (24 & 25 September 2016, usually £4 – pre-booking required).
- The Old Lock Up, Llangollen (17 & 18 September 2016, admission is usually free but there will be special activities on these days).
- Full List
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