Sheffield Heritage Open Days 2020

Covid-19 Update

  • 9.9.20 - due to new government restrictions announced today, the tours of Sheffield Castle site on 19/20 September have been cancelled. All ticket holders have been informed by email. The organisers apologise for any disappointment caused, but the cancellation is due to circumstances outside their control.


England’s largest festival of history and culture returns this September. This year, for the first time, the Heritage Open Days (HODs) programme will comprise a mix of in-person and digital events. Our local communities will be able to celebrate the stories of the places and spaces that are important to them while staying safe and adhering to current social distancing measures.


In and around Sheffield, some venues and outdoor spaces will open for pre-booked events and visits by small groups, while others will offer virtual tours and digital experiences.

  • TAKE CARE - Do not attend an in-person event if you or a member of your household feel unwell.

  • STAY ALERT – Restrictions may differ across England. Be mindful of local lockdown laws.

  • CHECK BACK - More than in any other year the details of events are subject to change. Do check for amendments/cancellations before setting off.

Event organisation & running details

Heritage Open Days (HODs) is a grass-roots project, so each event is organised and run by local individuals, groups and organisations – their passion makes the festival magic happen! Events are not assessed in detail by the local or national coordinators. Event listings are updated regularly at but may not cover all changes.