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Heritage Open Days


Heritage Open Days 2015 launch at the Grand Arcade

Quirky gem - Stank Hall Barn

Architectural gem - Leeds Library
Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th September 2016

It's almost here! Walk leaders, speakers and building owners are gearing up to welcome and enlighten us. Check the website for event times, access, new openers, and any booking required, www.heritageopendays.org.uk or click here for the 2016's Leeds leaflet*. 

It's been a wonderful surprise to us as the number of participants has risen and risen, culminating in 112! Please help us to publicise Heritage Open Days, there's something for everyone with a fantastic varied offering.

Not decided yet? Discover more about your local area or a suburb new to you - all part of Leeds's rich history. Hear the words of Ralph Thoresby and 'Capability' Brown in stunning settings.

See some of the Architectural gems such as: Yorkshire Penny Bank HQ (now Aspire), Corn Exchange, City Varieties, the Brotherton and Leeds libraries, Leeds Minster, Quebecs Hotel, St Aidan's and St Bartholomew's churches. 

Or see some Quirky gems: a Vardo wagon, behind a Potts' clock, a sham castle, a huge medieval barn, 2 Georgian bath houses, or an Edwardian Picture House.

Here are a few 'themes' this year: World War I at St John's New Briggate, Cross Gates Library, Armley Mills Museum, High Royds Memorial Chapel, Horsforth Museum and the Quakers Meeting House Gildersome. Church bells will ring out at St John's Oulton, St Oswald's Guiseley, St Michael's and St Matthew's. Hear about Women at work, war and leisure in Little Woodhouse, at Armley Mills, Fulneck the M&S Archive, Seacroft Hospital and Ledston Hall (grounds). Listen to Music at Holy Trinity Church Boar Lane, Leeds Minster, Fulneck, St John's Farsley and several other churches with first-class organs. For young people, it's 'hands on' at The Tetley, Univeristy of Leeds' Electrifying Harewood House and the College of Art, with quizzes at many of the churches. 

NB. If you've already picked up a leaflet -
o Our apology to St Wilfrids's Church, Halton, as the opening times have 'slipped off' the leaflet. The church will open on Fri Sat 10am-4pm and Sun 11am-4pm. All details are on the website.
o Please note that the Makkah Masjid Mosque opening has been cancelled.
*please note - some events are omitted from the leaflet due to printing timescales - entries not in the leaflet can be found by clicking here



Leeds Civic Trust - Heritage Open Days Coordinators 

We have coordinated Heritage Open Days in Leeds for over 20 years and are always keen to add more participants, particularly in the suburbs. If you know of an interesting building or know a member of a group who might lead a local walk, please get in touch.

A leaflet including details of Leeds' Heritage Open Days events will be available from the Trust, libraries, one-stop shops and information/booking offices from mid-August onwards. More information, including an up-to-date list of openers and events - both local and nationwide - can be found online here.