18/08/2021

NI Heritage Buildings To Open Doors For Annual Event

Over 250 heritage buildings are set to open their doors to guests as part of the upcoming 24th annual European Heritage Open Days (EHOD).

The event, which takes place from 06-21 September, celebrates local architecture, history and culture. This year's EHOD event has been extended from the usual weekend to a full week of online events, with access to heritage buildings on the weekend of 10–12 September.

Launching the EHOD programme of events, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey said: "The European Heritage Open Days theme this year 'Inclusion – Exploring our hidden history together' is about celebrating inclusiveness and diversity, a chance for everyone to appreciate the wonderful shared cultural heritage right on our doorstep. 
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"European Heritage Open Days remains a continued success due to the efforts of a wide range of communities and individuals which help deliver a largely volunteer-led programme. EHOD is for everyone - as the theme this year reflects - and I would urge people to take a look at the e-brochure and events listings and plan out your EHOD experience."

There will be a wide range of events for everyone to take part in and enjoy: join storytellers on a guided tour of the Giant's Causeway along the fully wheelchair accessible Green Trail; mingle with costumed guides at Castle Ward and learn more about its lesser known Women's, LGBTQ+ and Mental Health histories; or if music is your thing why not enjoy a musical history walking tour of Omagh, with Strule Arts Centre.

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