Venues throw open their doors for free this weekend

Florence Court
Florence Court

Ulster residents are invited to walk into history at this year’s European Heritage Open Days on September 12 and 13.

For two days history and culture will be brought to life for free with the opportunity to ‘look through the keyhole’ during 400 property openings.

Welcoming the 18th year of European Heritage Open Days, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “From older buildings such as St Nicholas’ Parish Church in Carrickfergus dating back to 1180, to the new Strule Arts Centre in Omagh, there is something for everyone, young and old, on your doorstep and further afield.

“Amongst the 31 new offerings this year and to tie in with the Industrial heritage theme is a tour of Steensons jewellery workshop in Glenarm and a behind the scenes tour of Theatrical Linens to see how Irish linens are used to make costumes for the stars.”

Other EHOD events include: access to Florence Court in Co Fermanagh and Ballywalter Park in Co Down; rope making at Carrickfergus Castle in Co Antrim; getting your dance card marked at a historic dance in Portstewart; a tour of Linenopolis, Belfast’s linen quarter; or tasting freshly fried eel and soda bread at Ulster’s oldest thatched pub in Toomebridge.

For more information see this link.