Have you heard of European Heritage Open Days? 

Would you like to take part this year?

This year marks the 24th year of European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) in Northern Ireland. It’s an annual celebration of local architecture, history and culture. It’s when many properties and locations open their doors and organise free events for the public each September.

  • EHOD provides a unique opportunity for the public to see ‘behind closed doors’ at a variety of historic places, many of which are not normally open to the public.
  • It’s when the public can enjoy talks, tours, exhibitions, workshops, walks, traditional skills demonstrations.
  • It’s also a celebration of Northern Ireland’s history and culture through film, art, literature, song, dance, drama, food and crafts.

Getting involved

You can take part in EHOD by:

  • hosting an online event
  • contributing digital content
  • putting on an event
  • opening a historic property or building of interest to the public

The physical events are on 11 and 12 September 2021 whilst the digital offerings run from 6 to 12 September 2021.

If you are interested you can to register with the Department for Communities. The deadline for registrations is 23:59 on Wednesday 5 May 2021.

Help to promote your offer for FREE

EHOD is co-ordinated by Department for Communities – Historic Environment Division. They’ll help you promote your offer to the public for FREE on LoveHeritageNI social media channels, Dept. for Communities website, Discover NI website and in an e-brochure. There’s also help to manage bookings if needed and you’ll be given promotional material, all FREE.

The only requirement is that your place, space or story is provided free of charge to the public for EHOD and it has heritage at its core.

If you’re interested, find out more on the Communities NI website or contact the EHOD team by email: ehod@communities-ni.gov.uk

You can also keep up to date on all things EHOD and the 2021 plans via social media:

  • Facebook: @LoveHeritageNI
  • Twitter:  @loveheritageNI
  • Instagram:  @loveheritageni