Heritage Open Days come to the canals
From 6th to 9th September we all have the chance to explore some of the best of Britain’s history and heritage, with over 4,500 free events taking place across the country as part of the Heritage Open Days.
Our cherished network of canals and rivers are part of this living history, with lock flights, bridges, mile posts and the canals themselves all having their own story to tell about the way we once lived. What’s more, you can walk over our stunning aqueducts and watch narrowboats passing through historic locks all year round – free of charge. Find out more about canal heritage.
Many of the Heritage Open Day events take place next to one of our canals or rivers, so you could combine an interesting day out with a relaxing walk by a slow-flowing canal, looking out for wildlife in the Great Nature Watch. We’ve highlighted a few canalside events below, but you can find many more on the Heritage Open Days website.
Over 60 events taking place in and around Milton Keynes celebrate the MK summer of culture, as well as the Heritage Open Days. Many have been designed with children and families in mind.
Relax on a voyage around the splendid Lune Aqueduct. Boat trips are free as part of the Heritage Open Days.
Housed in a 19th century canal warehouse, the Portland Basin Museum offers a tales of Tameside gallery and a Jubilee Joy exhibition. The museum is family-friendly and appeals to all ages.
Explore the restored Warwick arm of the Grand Union Canal and enjoy crafts, demonstrations and maybe even an Alpaca…
Somerset Coal Canal Combe Hay Locks
Take a guided tour of the redundant locks and pumping engine site of this now derelict canal.
Situated near the River Aire and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, this splendid art deco building was the main Tetley office from 1931 until 2011. As part of the Heritage Open Days, the public has a rare opportunity for an inside tour. There are plans to transform the building into a contemporary art gallery next year.
Situated near the River Weaver, the Weaver Hall Museum is housed in the Grade II listed Northwich Union Workhouse. A tour reveals the story of this important building, as well as local history and archeology.