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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Heritage Open Days picks

Every year in September many sites, venues and locations across Sheffield open to visitors for free. Over ten days, the aim is to celebrate the city’s heritage, community and history, and allow people to see hidden Sheffield and try out new experiences with family and friends.

Between 13 and 22 September, Heritage Open Days will see doors to cultural treasures open all over the country for free heritage exploration, led by local experts and volunteers. From guided tours of everything from former steelworks to cemeteries to heritage pub walks to open doors at libraries, mosques, theatres and factories – there's always loads going on across Sheffield for Heritage Open Days.

Read on for what's still to come from our Livia's top picks for Sheffield Heritage Open Days 2019, and see the full programme online for much, much more.

From Peterloo to Orgreave – 200 Years of People Power

Wed. 18 September 2019

Sheffield City Hall

A commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the miners’ strike. With music, poetry, a reading of Barry Hines's recently rediscovered play After the Strike, and special guests including Ray Goodspeed from Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

Endcliffe Park Heritage Walk

Sat. 21 September 2019

Endcliffe Park

Through historical pictures and a guided tour, get to know the history of one of the city's most popular green spaces – from 1885 when it was opened to the public to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee to the present.

Herdings Heritage & Harvest

Sat. 21 September 2019

Herdings Heritage and Community Centre, Morland Road, S14 1TD

A travel back in time – specifically to 1675. Visit Sheffield’s second oldest building and see what's going on in the garden, where this year’s crops will be harvested and healthy food will be cooked. History, food and fun for all the family.

Edward Carpenter Walk

Sun. 22 September 2019

Devonshire Cat, Wellington Street, S1 4HG

A walk around places connected with the life and politics of Edward Carpenter – a vegetarian, sandal-making socialist and gay liberation pioneer.

Birley Spa Bath House

Multiple dates

Birley Spa is Sheffield’s only Victorian bath house with a plunge pool. Learn about this Grade II listed building’s history and its importance to the city’s working class heritage on this tour. With luck, you may even see a kingfisher in the garden.

Tudor Open Day

Sun. 22 September 2019

Manor Lodge

Explore the ruins of the place known for being where Mary Queens of Scots was held prisoner. Take a tour around the turret house and gardens, have fun enjoying the lavender labyrinth, take a picture in the stocks, and visit Sheffield’s oldest toilet!