Check out all the properties opening exclusively for FREE on this day!

14 September 2019 - 15 September 2019

European Heritage Open Day takes place every year on the second weekend of September.

Each year hundreds of properties open their doors and many organisations put on events for FREE across Northern Ireland as part of European Heritage Open Days (EHOD).

EHOD takes place every year on the second weekend of September. This year that is the 14 and 15 September with over 300 FREE events, suitable for the whole family. The theme for 2019 is Arts and Entertainment which presents an opportunity to explore the tangible and intangible elements of heritage of arts and entertainment and learn about their history and architecture.

Locations throughout our borough will open especially, or will be hosting additional activity, over the period. Note that the programme does vary between properties:

North Down Museum, Bangor
Admission is always free to this quiet but delightful nook of Castle Park which host a treasure trove of artifacts, displays and information on the area dating back to the vikings and days of monks.
This year on Saturday 14 September between 11am-3pm, North Down Museum will host a monk re-enacting illumination and Viking storytelling.

Town Hall, Bangor
Bangor Castle, now the Town Hall, dates from 1852. It was built for the Hon. Robert Edward Ward, landlord of much of Bangor. North Down Museum is housed in the former laundry and stables of the main building.
There will also be guided tours of Bangor Castle offering a chance to see behind the scenes of this beautiful building.
Tours 11:00am, 12noon, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm (no need to book)

Cockle Row Cottages, Groomsport
Open Sunday 15 September, 11am-5pm
Family fun, 2pm-4pm: Punch and Judy Show, Captain Jack's Nautical Knots and Sand Crafts

Mount Stewart House and Gardens, Newtownards
This stunning National Trust property opens its doors for free over the two days - come, explore and relax amongst the beautiful grounds of this spot along the Strangford Lough coast.

Portaferry Visitor Centre
Open Saturday 14 September, 10am-5pm
Family fun, 2pm-4pm: Circus Skills Workshop and Captain Jack's Nautical Knots

Scrabo Tower
Open Saturday 14 and Sunday 15, 10am - 5pm

Ballycopeland Windmill
Open Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September, 10am-4pm
Tours of the windmill tower will take place every 30mins from 10am, the last tour will be 3.30pm. Tours are available by booking only.

Grey Abbey
Open Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September, 12pm-4pm
Each day there will be a tour at 2pm. Activities for children and characters in historic costumes will take place throughout the day. No booking is required.

Newtownards Priory
Open Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September, 10am-4pm
Costumed characters performing living history between 12-4pm on the Saturday only. No booking required.

Portico, Portaferry
Open Saturday 14 September and Sunday 15 September:  2pm - 4pm

The tours at Portico tell the fascinating history of the building’s architecture and restoration as well as encompassing interactive exhibitions on local history and on the history of western Christian church music (with audio samples). The organ loft displays explore the inner workings of the instrument and the history of the organ over the last two millennia. You also have the opportunity to play on the stunning new organ console – or let the organ give you a recital all on its own.

Lightship Petrel, Killinchy  
Open Sunday 15 September: 2pm - 4pm

Lightship Petrel (52 Ballydorn Road, Killinchy, BT23 6QB)
Booking required: (not available to book till September 1)
Open Saturday 14 September:  10am - 3pm
Open Sunday 15 September:      1pm - 4pm.  
Open Saturday 14 September: 11am - 4pm
Open Sunday 15 September:     1pm - 4pm



14 September 2019 - 15 September 2019

Opening Times

  • Various


  • Free

Contact Details

  • Address Bangor
  • Telephone
  • Email
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