Heritage Open Days in St Albans

September 3rd 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Heritage Open Days in St Albans

Every year Heritage Open Days in St Albans take place in September. From Thurs 6th to Sun 10th September and Thurs 13th to Sun 16th September 2018 St Albans opens its doors to allow you to visit many of the museums and attractions for free. They also often allow you to explore buildings normally closed to the public. 

There are so many heritage buildings in St Albans you are really spoilt for choice locally with this once-a-year chance to discover your local architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities in St Albans. 

Heritage Open Days set out to bring local history and culture to life. They are England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September places across the country throw opens their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history.

For a bit of local ancient history how about exploring Beech Bottom Dyke and Bernards Heath on Sunday 9 Sept? You need to meet at 14.00 at St Saviour’s Church Hall, Sandpit Lane, St Albans AL1 4DF. Beech Bottom Dyke is a striking mile long Iron Age earthwork, linked to Shakespeare’s King Cymbeline, and set in an ancient area of commons called ‘Bernards Heath’. It is unpublicised and lacks interpretation - except for this guided walk.

The Dyke is St Albans’ least known heritage asset. It is a huge Scheduled Ancient Monument running around the north of the city. A short talk is followed by a guided circular walk across Bernards Heath, along with the Dyke and back to the church hall for refreshments (to be paid for). 

Heritage Open Days celebrate what makes local communities and neighbourhoods like those in At Alban's special. They aim to stimulate curiosity and connect people with their local places and help foster a sense of belonging and pride, all of which is easy in St Albans. St Albans Civic Society has produced a guide to Heritage Open Days events around St Albans.