Top FREE Heritage Open Days Places to visit with kids in Sheffield

Places to visit for FREE in Sheffield for Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. It’s on every year in September and means you can visit so many places for FREE.

I’ve picked out the best places to visit in and near Sheffield for free as part of Heritage Open Days below:

A Medieval Day in Dore, Sunday 15 September 11.00 – 16.00

No booking required. Join knights, archers, ladies and squires on Dore’s ancient village green with medieval costumed reenactors, living history displays, and hands-on activities for all ages, culminating in a tournament of arms between knights in our medieval arena.

Tudor Open Day at Sheffield Manor Lodge, Sunday 22 September 1100-1600, Tours at 1130, 1300 & 1430

No booking required. Sheffield Manor Lodge opens its doors for FREE as part of Heritage Open weeks. Explore the ruins, visit the turret house, meet Bess of Hardwick and discover the story of Mary Queen of Scots’ imprisonment in Sheffield.

I really recommend this one. It’s great for families. There’s family tours, a big sandpit with toys, lavender maze, and outside on the grounds at the front of the area you’ll find some play equipment. We really enjoyed our day out here and would definitely recommend it, free or otherwise!

Broomhill Community Library events

There’s a number of FREE activities and events going on at Broomhill Community Library this week. Including crafts, story times and journaling. Some of them have to be booked. Check out times & contact details here.

Grenoside Sword Dancers open day

The Grenoside Sword Dancers and Six Jolly Miners sword dancers give you the opportunity to learn about the history of this living local tradition and to have a go yourself.

Wednesday 18 September: Sword dancing taster session, 7pm, Grenoside Reading Room
Sunday 22 September: Open Day at Grenoside Reading Room

Wentworth Castle Gardens, National Trust, Tuesday 17th-Thurday 19th September

No booking required! Explore centuries of history in this spectacular South Yorkshire Grade I listed landscape. With formal gardens, Victorian Conservatory, inspiring parkland monuments and a folly that isn’t quite what it seems.

Open for FREE Tuesday 17th-Thurday 19th 10am-4:15pm. On Thursday there’s Under 5’s story telling at the castle, meet at Stainborough Castle, 10.30am-12pm. Drop in with your little ones for a story telling session at the castle. 

Hardwick Hall, National Trust. Friday 20th September

Discover the beautiful Elizabethan Hall and explore the relaxing gardens for no charge at all on this special Heritage Open Day.

Make the most of free entry and discover a day at Hardwick. The Elizabethan Hall, built in the 16th Century will be open from 11am until 5pm and with three floors to explore, be enveloped by the history and collections. The gardens are open from 9am until 6pm and includes a herb garden, rose garden and an orchard filled with ripening apple and pear trees.

Walled Garden Open Day at Cusworth Park, Doncaster, Sunday 22nd September

Cusworth Park’s very own secret garden will once again open up to the public on Sunday 22nd September no booking required. Come along and discover the newly restored Bowling Pavilion, the orchard and bowling green. There will be toys and games for all the family to enjoy, plus croquet demonstration and a themed quiz. We will also be joined by the Traditional Car Club of Doncaster, who will be displaying around 40 classic vehicles in front of Cusworth Hall. Admission is free for everyone, donations are very welcome.

Nostell Priory in Wakefield, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September

No booking required. Explore National Trust’s Nostell Priory for free on Friday & Saturday, includes the house and gardens. Nostell Priory is a 18th-century architectural masterpiece with landscape park and gardens. Explore the house, see the kitchen gardens, walk around the lake and have fun in the outdoor play areas.

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