St Martin's Church

Colchester Heritage Open Days

The popular Heritage Open Days Weekend returns to Colchester for 2018. Dozens of properties will be open to the public over two weekends spanning of the 8th/9th and 15th/16th of September, giving you the opportunity to explore the town's heritage for free.

Many of the properties are not normally open to the public, and several are hosting special events, tours and talks that will give you a special insight into the town's unique history.

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Heritage Open Day Events for 2018

William Gilberd

Days of Tudor Science

Thu 6 - Sat 8 Sep 2018

Learn more about the great Elizabethan scientist William Gilberd and try some of his experiments at Greyfriars Books

Trinity Street

Trinity Street Tour

Thu 6 Sep 2018

Blue Badge guided tour of Trinity Street’s varied and colourful history

St Peter's Church

Heritage Open Day at St Peter's Church

Fri 7 - Sun 9 Sep 2018

St Peter's Church opens for Heritage Open Day

Trinity Church

Heritage Open Day - Holy Trinity Church

Sat 8 Sep 2018

Trinity Church opens for Heritage Open Day

St Helen's Chapel

Heritage Open Day - St Helen's Chapel

Sat 8 - Sun 9 Sep 2018

The Medieval Chapel opens its doors for Heritage Open Day

St James the Great

Heritage Open Day - St James the Great Church

Sat 8 - Sun 9 Sep 2018

St James the Great opens for Heritage Open Day

St John's Abbey Gatehouse

Heritage Open Day - St John's Abbey Gatehouse

Sat 8 - Sun 9 Sep 2018

The Abbey Gatehouse opens for Heritage Open Day

Mercury Theatre

Heritage Open Day - The Mercury Theatre

Sat 8 Sep 2018

Backstage Tours at the Mercury Theatre

Colchester Castle

Heritage Open Day at Colchester Castle

Sat 8 Sep 2018

Heritage Open Day at Colchester Castle

Roman Theatre

Heritage Open Day - Roman Theatre

Sat 8 - Sun 9 Sep 2018

Remains of theatre which originally seated 3,000 people. Featured in the destruction of Colchester by Boudica in AD 60.

Sir Henry Audley

Heritage Open Day - The Audley Chapel

Sat 8 Sep 2018

16th Century Burial Chapel of the Audley family, with fine hammer-beam roof and unique monuments and features.

Tymperleys

Heritage Open Day - Tymperleys

Sat 8 - Sun 9 Sep 2018

Tymperleys opens for Heritage Open Day

Concrete Legacy

Concrete Legacy – The Murals of Pallot & Collins

Sat 8 Sep 2018

Guided Tour of the town's concrete murals

Bourne Mill

Heritage Open Day - Bourne Mill

Sat 8 Sep 2018

Bourne Mill opens for free, for Heritage Open day.

Roman Circus Centre

Heritage Open Day - The Roman Circus Centre

Sat 8 Sep 2018

The Roman Circus Centre Opens for Heritage Open Day

Town to Sea Trail

The Town to Sea Trail

Sat 8 Sep 2018

Guided Walk along the Town to Sea Trail

Roman Colchester

Walking the Walls

Sat 8 Sep 2018

Guided Walk along the Roman Walls

town Hall

Heritage Open Day - Colchester Town Hall

Sun 9 Sep 2018

Heritage open day at Colchester Town Hall

Hollytrees

Heritage Open day at Hollytrees Museum

Sun 9 Sep 2018

Meet Mrs Sibylla Round at Hollytrees Museum

Headgate Theatre

Heritage Open day - Headgate Theatre

Sun 9 Sep 2018

Heritage Open Day at the Headgate Theatre

Full Colchester HODs Listings

Heritage Open Days 2018
Pick up a physical copy of the Colchester Heritage Open Days leaflet by dropping in to the Visitor Information Centre in Hollytrees Museum.

Alternatively you can download a PDF copy of the leaflet here.

For the most up-to-date listings browse our online listings page where any last minute additions or cancellations will appear.

And don't forget to follow us on social media where you can share your experiences of the day with us and other venues and organisations taking part. You can find us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Colchester Castle at sunset