European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) is Northern Ireland’s annual celebration of local architecture, history and culture. This year there are over 250 sites and properties opening their doors to the public to host a number of online events and the usual physical event - all of which are free of charge! This year EHOD 2021 will take place from 6 to 12 September.

The physical events (both indoor and outdoor) will run from 10 to 12 September whilst the online events will run from 6 to 12 September.

The week-long online event will include virtual visits to sites and properties, guided tours and a host of online lectures and talks whilst the physical events will see properties open their doors to the public with a number hosting lectures, talks, tours and special events just for EHOD.

The EHOD brochure for 2021 can be downloaded now giving you easy access to the full list of events and details of all participating venues. You can also visit Discover Northern Ireland website for up to date listings. New EHOD events are added daily and keep an eye on Love Heritage NI social media for updates and information also.

European Heritage Days (known as ‘European Heritage Open Days’ in Northern Ireland) are the most widely celebrated cultural event shared by the citizens of Europe. This event raises awareness of the many values of our common heritage and the continuous need for its protection. That ties in with the aims of the Department for Communities Historic Environment Division (Love Heritage NI brand) who coordinate this event in Northern Ireland. 

This year the EHOD Theme is ‘Inclusion – Exploring Our Hidden Histories Together’.