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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dobcroft Nature Reserve

14 September: Explore the intricate routes, networks, and connections that make up our natural world during this Nature-Based Open Day.

Preston Cleansing Department

15 September: Discover the fascinating history of dealing with Preston's rubbish on the site of an early 'manure depot' built in the 1880's.

Becconsall-Lancashire's Living History and Heritage Museum

14 September: The Becconsall Living History and Heritage Park will be jointly hosting a display relating to the craftsmanship of the last remaining Cooper from Preston Docks.