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Preston Heritage Open Days

Preston Heritage Open Days returns to Preston for 2024, giving you the opportunity to explore Preston's historic buildings and places. 

Heritage Open Days is England's largest community led festival of history and culture, involving thousands of local volunteers and organisations.

Every year in September it brings people together to celebrate their heritage, community and history. Stories are told, traditions explored, and histories brought to life. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences - and it's all FREE.

This year's free festival runs from Friday 6 - Sunday 15 September 2024.

Plan your Heritage Open Days Adventure

There's so much to see! Take a look at all these free events. Visit Heritage Open Days - Preston for more event information, any late changes, and details on access, facilities, and booking on tours.


Ashton Freehold - The Route to a New Suburb

7 September: Discover a Victorian suburb created in Ashton-on-Ribble by a freehold land society, an early type of building society.

Preston Masonic Hall - 80 Years on Saul Street

7 September: Tour the whole of the building guided by Masons in full dress regalia Visit the FREE local artists and photographers exhibition.

SHOP Preston x New Wave 2024

7, 14 September: SHOP Preston to host open day at No. 3 Syke Street.

Ashton Freehold Networks - Sisters, Servants and Soap

8 September: Take a stroll round the mid-Victorian suburb of Ashton Freehold and discover some of its early residents and the networks that connected them.

Longridge: From Romans to Railways

7 September: Journey into the past and discover the history and heritage of Longridge.

Broughton in Amounderness Heritage Centre and Church Cottage Museum

7, 8 September: Guided Tours of Church Cottage (1590), restored Museum 1995, part of Broughton Heritage Centre and including Parish Church and National School.

Ashton Freehold Connected - Sewers, Services and Supplies

10 September: A tour of a Victorian suburb revealing the challenges of connecting infrastructure, setting up regular bus and tram services, and staying safe on the streets.

University of Central Lancashire Tunnels to Rooftops Campus Tour

10, 12 September: Join an historical tour of UCLan's Preston campus finishing with panoramic views from the rooftop terrace of the new Student Centre.

University of Central Lancashire Library and Special Collections

10, 12 September: Come and explore artefacts and records from UCLan's Special Collections.

Preston Markets Heritage Walk

14 September: Discover the ever-evolving history of Preston's markets - including the Market Hall and Box Market.

Mere Brow Smithy

14 September: An interesting look into the old craft of blacksmithing.

Preston Town Hall

14 September: Visit the council Chamber, see the splendid Civic regalia, and meet the Mayor.