Heritage Open Days 2020 in Coventry

Heritage Open Days 2020

The National Heritage Open Days festival returns again this year, running from the 11 to 20 September, despite the impact of the ongoing pandemic situation.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus): All events will follow local and national government guidelines at the time of the festival, as well as Heritage Open Days advice. Please be aware that events might have to be cancelled at short notice.

The Coventry Heritage Open Days 2020 information leaflet is available to download (and print at home if you wish)

Coventry events

In Coventry we are delighted that some venues will be able to physically admit visitors while elsewhere digital content will enable visitors to enjoy Coventry's heritage.

We have three types of events this year; in person events, digital events and guided walking tours. Most of the in person events and guided walking tours need to be pre-booked.

In person events

  • Drapers Hall/Historic Coventry Hard Hat Tours
  • Swanswell Gate/Historic Coventry Hard Hat Tours
  • Coventry Transport Museum
  • St John the Baptist Church
  • Coventry Watch Museum
  • Charterhouse/Historic Coventry Hard Hat Tours
  • Anglican Chapel, London Rd Cemetery/Historic Coventry Hard Hat Tours
  • The Phil Silvers Archival Museum
  • Coombe Country Park (car parking charges apply)
  • Bagot's Castle

More information about the Historic Coventry Trust project

Digital events

  • St Mary's Guildhall Virtual Tours: Experience the Artworks of the Guildhall, Godiva in Sculpture and Medieval sounds of the Guildhall.
  • Herbert Undercroft Virtual Tours: Join the virtual tour of the marvellous medieval Undercroft, one of the oldest cellars in Coventry. The tours will premiere on 12 September and then be available from that date.
  • Coventry Archives Virtual Tours: It is a treasure trove of information of Coventry and its citizens from medieval times to the present with original documents, photographs, microfilm and oral history on display. Join the archive team as they provide a free virtual tour of the archive stores. As part of the tour they will highlight key items that relate to the history of Coventry. Virtual premiere to take place on Saturday 19 September at 7pm.
  • Gurdwara Guru Nanak Prakesh (GGNP) Virtual Tour: Find out what a Gurdwara looks like, what happens inside and its contribution to its locality, the City of Coventry. UK and internationally. Take a virtual tour which will explain the significance of the artefacts, the role played by various generations within the faith community, observe live worship, learn about the architecture and the Sacred Space Initiative as well as the preparation work for City of Culture 2021. 
  • Dame Goodyver's Daye live streaming video event: The Godiva Trust helps a new generation of women from Coventry’s diverse cultures better relate and reinterpret our heritage celebration with a unique identity, and underpins the City’s International role as a Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. On Friday 11 September - through a live streaming video event Dame Goodyver's Daye will be celebrated; a traditional feast day given by the Guild of Cappers and Felt makers many centuries ago. Revisit Godiva and her Godiva Sisters: heroes in their own cultural, ethnic or religious traditions, characters both ancient and modern, whose lives have inspired and still inspire today through their own individual stories which connect to the story of Godiva.

Guided Walking Tours

Due to the current COVID 19 guidelines we are now restricting the Guided Walking tours to 6 people per tour. 

Saturday 19 September

  • 11am - Medieval Tour
  • 2pm - Coventry Tour
  • 2.30pm - Literary Tour

Sunday 20 September

  • 11am - Coventry Tour
  • 2.30pm - Literary Your

All tours must be pre-booked. Please email [email protected] or phone 07809 659255

  • Please meet outside the Council House on Earl Street.
  • Tours will last 1 - 1.5 hours approximately.
  • Maximum of 12 people per tour.
  • Face masks are encouraged but not compulsory due to medical reasons.
  • Social distancing will be practised -1.5 to 2 metres unless you’re in your own social bubble.
  • Please wear appropriate footwear.

Other places of interest

 Venues not able to take part in this year's Heritage Open Days include Holy Trinity Church.

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