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Heritage Open Days

Guildford's Heritage Open Days has one of the biggest number of activities and events in the UK, giving visitors the opportunity to explore Guildford's fantastic architecture and culture.

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The event allows visitors free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee. Heritage Open Days also includes guided tours, activities, talks and exhibitions, focusing on local architecture and culture so there is always plenty to see and do.

Guildford's Heritage Open Days took place from 7 to 10 September, and is organised by Guildford Borough Council, The Guildford Society and The Guildford Town Guide and sponsored by Thesis Asset Management.

The four day event showcased a range of activities from tours of historic buildings, guided walks, a Procession in Guildford High Street, village churches and re-enactments bringing historical events to life. To celebrate the event The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Nigel Manning attended a photocall with our sponsor John Devine, Thesis Asset Management at the Medieval Undercroft in the High Street.

Nationally the event in 2018 will take place over two weekends 6 to 9 and 13 to 16 September where organisers can choose to open on one or both weekends. This year the festival in Guildford has been confirmed to take place from 13 to 16 September.

Useful guides

Why not find out more about Effingham and download a copy of the icon Effingham Heritage Trail [2.03MB]  and also icon The Bishop's Walk [1.32MB]  which provides an opportunity to explore the area.

About Heritage Open Days

The event is coordinated locally by Guildford Borough Council, The Guildford Society and the Guildford Town Guides.

Heritage Open Days is the country's largest heritage festival with around 5,000 events, over 40,000 volunteers and more than three million visitors taking part.

Heritage Open Days operates as part of the National Trust with funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery. Established in 1994, it is England's contribution to the European Heritage Days, which is held annually in September in 50 signatory states to the European Cultural Convention.

How you can get involved

If you own a property or represent an organisation within the borough and would like to get involved in Heritage Open Days, we would love to hear from you. Alternatively if you would like to volunteer to help steward participating properties, please get in touch by emailing managementsupport@guildford.gov.uk.