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13th Sep 2019

European Heritage Open Day: Here’s How To Get Free In To Tourist Attractions In Northern Ireland This Weekend

Sarah Finnan

Interested in getting a peek inside monuments and spaces not otherwise open to the public? Of course, you are.

Well, this weekend a whole list of sites and tourist attractions in Northern Ireland will be free, all thanks to European Heritage Open Day (EHOD).

An annual event, this year over 300 properties will open their doors to the public on September 14 and 15. Ideal for families looking to keep the whole gang occupied.

Activities include everything from walking tours to jewellery making workshops, all revolving around the 2019 theme of Arts and Entertainment.

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Belfast City is showcasing its wonderful, rich heritage on #EHODNI weekend 14 and 15 September 2019. Walking tours, churches – St. Annes, Townsend Street, St Joseph’s, St George’s and more; , grand designs like Belfast City Hall, Clifton House, Harbour Commissioners Office, Stormont Castle, Belfast Castle. You can visit the cinemas, enjoy a musical event at the Grand Opera House, or explore with a behind the scenes tour. Visit Belfast Skinworks, Print Shop The Crescent Arts or Strand Arts Centre. Experience the Heritage of North Belfast or the Titanic Quarter. The choice is endless. Download a copy of the Brochure online at and check out the detail and see all that is on offer in the vibrant city of Belfast. #EHDProgramme #Architecture #ListedBuildings #Archaeology #HeritageConservation #Heritage #HeritageEvent #Restoration #ArtandEntertainemnt #Culture @visitbelfast @cliftonhousebelfast @belfastcitycouncil @belfastbikes @ulster_ahs @discoverni

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The venues and events listed usually charge an admission fee or else are normally closed to the public, so this is your chance to get your fill of culture without having to spend a penny.

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Great new event just registered! Fancy being an Opera star?⁠ Come and sing “Die Fledermaus” and other operetta highlights. ⁠ ⁠ On Saturday 14 September – Rehearsals 2-5pm and enjoy the free concert at 5pm. This will be a wonderful afternoon of singing at the Grand Opera House, Belfast where you can learn popular choruses from Johann Strauss’s Masterpiece “Die Fledermaus” and more beloved operetta music in a relaxed atmosphere. ⁠ Singers of all ages and abilities are welcome. To register email [email protected]. ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #EHDProgramme #Architecture #ListedBuildings #Archaeology #HeritageConservation #Heritage #HeritageEvent #Restoration #ArtsandEntertainemnt #Culture #Opera #Operetta #WantToSingOpera #EHODNI #dieFledermaus #YourChanceToSing

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While a small number of privately-owned properties take part due to funding or tax-exemptions, most do it to celebrate the hidden history and culture of Northern Ireland

The event has grown year-on-year since its beginnings in 1985 and now sees over 70,000 events organised across Europe.

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Top of our list is a visit to the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Experience in Antrim and the stunning Enniskillen Castle in Fermanagh. We wouldn’t pass up a tour of George Best’s house in Belfast either.

Check out the Discover Northern Ireland website for booking details and a full list of places taking part in the initiative.

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