Have a free family day out with Heritage Open Days

13th – 22nd September 2019


What are Heritage Open Days and are they good for families?


Heritage Open Days is a scheme to celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. From castles to city halls, tunnels to tower tops, police cells to private homes, workshops to woodland walks, the variety of places and ways to discover them are endless. Many are holding children’s activities so these are a great way to get a family day out completely free!

There are dozens of Heritage Open Days offering free entry and activities across Manchester, Cheshire, Liverpool and Wirral. Here are some of the highlights …


Heritage Open Day at Lyme

Lyme is offering free entry on 21st September. You’ll be able to visit the park, house and gardens free of charge. There will be crafts, sports and games. And you can take part in activities themed about how to help combat climate change and how to care for our special landscapes for the future.

Make a start helping the planet by using public transport to get there. Take advantage of the free bus service running from Stockport Bus Station (stopping at Hazel Grove Park & Ride) to Lyme.



Museum of Transport & Vintage Bus Rides

On 21st & 22nd September you can get free entry to the Museum which tells the story of public road transport in Greater Manchester from its beginnings in 1824 to the present day. There will be a special behind the scenes tours of the Museum this weekend.

And there will be free bus tours on historic buses from the Museum of Transport calling at the Manchester Jewish Museum (Sunday only), Museum of Science & Industry and the People’s History Museum in Manchester city centre.



Bluecoat Heritage Weekend in Liverpool

On  21st & 22nd September, visit the oldest building in Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site with guided tours, family activities, displays and more. Have a fun look at days gone by with a make and play workshop exploring the games children would have played when Bluecoat was a school.



Heritage Open Day at the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester

Celebrate Christabel Pankhurst’s birthday on September 22nd with some Christabel-themed family fun! Enjoy a walk through the beautiful crowd-funded suffragette garden, planted in the WSPU colours of green, white and purple. Have refreshments in the tiny tea room. You can even dress up to take a suffragette selfie.



Birkenhead Priory & St Mary’s Tower

Visit the oldest standing building on Merseyside. Follow the child friendly discovery trails, take part in children’s activities and have a go at dressing up in historical costumes in the Refectory. Make some grave rubbings and climb the 25 metre St Mary’s Tower for a spectacular view of the Mersey.



Family activities at Chester Cathedral

Come along to Chester’s ancient and beautiful Cathedral on Saturday 21st September for some free family fun. Head to the Children and Family area in the vestibule for dressing up, a monk’s trail, the selfie-zone and colouring activities.  Plus at 10.30am there will be a children’s story time in the vestibule. It’s all free and no booking required.



For more details and many more locations visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

For more ideas for a family day out take a look at our blogs on the 7 best castles within easy reach for a family visit,  top tips for days out the whole family will enjoy and family friendly science discovery centres near you.


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