Venues across Bath and the surrounding areas will open up their doors this September for Heritage Open Days (10-19 September). The nationwide celebration of history, architecture and culture is a chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all for free. 

There will be something for all ages and interests, for example:

  • Join staff from Bath Record Office for a guided tour of The Guildhall, with the Heritage Open Days 2021 theme of ‘Edible England’. Tour the old Georgian kitchen and grand Banqueting Room and see Georgian recipes and more from the archive. (Friday 17 September)
  • Explore archaeological finds from Keynsham and Bath, including Roman and medieval objects, at the Archaeology Centre – Culverhay (Thursday 16 September)
  • Enjoy free admission to Prior Park Landscape Garden with magnificent views across Bath (Saturday 18 September)
  • Visit the tranquil Bath Jewish Burial Ground, the resting place of Bath’s Jewish community during the 19th and early 20th centuries (Sunday 12 September)
  • See weird and wonderful objects from the spa collection at the Local History Centre – Lansdown (Tuesday 14 September)
  • Learn about the history of Sydney Gardens – a former Georgian pleasure gardens that opened in 1795 ­– with special displays and walking trails around the Gardens (Saturday 18 September)
  • Visit Saltford Brass Mill, the only remaining example of the 18th and 19th-century brass industry in Avon (Saturday 11, Sunday 12, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September)

For a full list of local venues taking part in Heritage Open Days, please visit

Opening dates and times vary. Advance booking is essential at some venues. All sites have endeavoured to make visiting as safe as possible and are following the latest Government Covid-19 guidance. Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 local people and organisations, and thousands of volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.




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