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Heritage Open Days

It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore

    • Heritage Bus

    Heritage Bus

    • The SS Shieldhall celebrates her 60th birthday in 2015

    The SS Shieldhall celebrates her 60th birthday in 2015

    • Tudor House

    Tudor House - Photo Credit: See Southampton

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    places of worship st michaels church

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Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year for four days in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

See what's happening in Southampton

The Southampton Heritage Open Days are taking place on Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 September 2017. 

The whole event is free and gives the opportunity to visit different locations around Southampton. Some events an locations are based around the Bugle Street area with heritage buses linking to other venues across the City.

Saturday 9 September:

Southampton Heritage Fayre at St Joseph's Church Hall, Bugle Street  between 10am - 4pm. Come and find out all about the local heritage groups.
• Free mini tours from SEE Southampton Tour Guides from the Heritage Fayre, Bugle Street.
St. Michael's Church, Bugle Street, Fayre in the Square from 11am till 2pm and the church will be open all day to have a look around.
SS Shieldhall open from 10am till 3pm, located in Dock Gate 4** 
Southampton Tram Project & Dunkirk Little Ships workshop open, located near SS Shieldhall in Dock Gate 4**. See Dunkirk Little Ship 'Dorian' & Southampton Trams being restored.
Southampton (Old) Bowling Green, Lower Canal Walk. Bowling Through the Centuries.
Bitterne Local History Centre, Peartree Avenue. Visit the extensive museum & Research Centre with our Society Members.
'Out of the Shadows', Centenary Quay. A free family event exploring Woolston's Spitfire heritage
• Southampton Old Cemetery tours at 11:30am & 1:30pm, located adjoining the Southampton Common >
 
A free Heritage bus service will link the venues together:
Buses are provided by the Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust collection.
 
Bus stops route A : Heritage Fayre (Bugle Street), Platform Road and SS Shieldhall/Workshop.
  Every 30 mins from 10:15 till 15:45
Bus stops route B : Heritage Fayre (Bugle Street), Platform Road, Bitterne Local History Centre. 
  Every hour from 10:30 till 15:30
Bus Stops route W: Heritage Fayre (Bugle Street), Platform Road, Woolston (Centenary Quay).
  Every hour from 11:00 till 15:00
 
**Visitors must not enter or exit the Docks, except by way of the free bus service**
 

Sunday 10 September

Tudor House and Garden will be open for free 10.30am - 4.30pm.
The day will be packed with activities including tours, crafts and Courtlye Musick’s melodic Renaissance beats. Free entry - additional charges apply for some activities.The fantastic Vintage Bus service will also be offering four free guided tours* of Southampton Old Town at 10:30am, 12 noon, 2pm & 3:30pm.
*The bus tours are subject to a first come first served basis. 
Southampton Tram Project & Dunkirk Little Ships workshop open, located near SS Shieldhall in Dock Gate 4**
 SS Shieldhall open from 10am till 3pm, located in Dock Gate 4** 
Southampton Old Bowling Green, Canal Walk. Watch Lawn Bowls in action. 
• Free mini tours from Southampton Tourist Guides Association (STGA). They take place hourly between 11am - 3pm - meet at St Michael's Square.
 
A free Heritage bus service will link the venues together:    
 
Buses are provided by the Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust collection.
 
• Bus stops route A: Tudor House, Platform Road and SS Shieldhall/Workshop.
  Every 30 minutes from 10.15am - 3.45pm
 
**Visitors must not enter or exit the Docks, except by way of the free bus service**

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