Help Celebrate 25 Years of European Heritage Open Days


This year marks the 25th year of European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) in Northern Ireland – an annual celebration of local architecture, history and culture. The event sees hundreds of properties and locations open their doors and organise free events for the public each September.

EHOD provides a unique opportunity for the public to see ‘behind closed doors’ at a variety of historic places, many of which are not normally open to the public. The public can enjoy talks, tours, exhibitions, workshops, walks and traditional skills demonstrations. EHOD is also a celebration of Northern Ireland’s history and culture through art, literature, song, dance, drama, film, food and crafts.

Getting involved

Would you like to take part by putting on an event or by opening a historic property/building of interest to the public?  Or are you interested in hosting an online event or contributing digital content? If so, you’ll need to register by Monday 2 May 2022. The physical events are on 10 & 11 September whilst the digital offerings run from 5 to 11 September.

Help to promote your offer for FREE

EHOD is co-ordinated by Department for Communities – Historic Environment Division. They’ll help you promote your offer to the public for FREE on LoveHeritageNI social media channels, Dept. for Communities website, Discover NI website and in an e-brochure. There’s also help to manage bookings if needed and you’ll be given promotional material, all FREE.

The only requirement is that your place, space or story is provided free of charge to the public for EHOD and it has heritage at its core. 

If you’re interested, find out more on the Communities NI website or contact the EHOD team by email:

You can also keep up to date on all things EHOD and the 2021 plans via social media:

  • Facebook: @LoveHeritageNI 
  • Twitter:  @loveheritageNI
  • Instagram:  @loveheritageNI