The doors to some of England’s most interesting and unique buildings are set to be thrown open this month as part of the annual Heritage Open Days festival.

From 8 to 11 September, a host of places and spaces – many of which are usually off limits – will be free for visitors to explore.

It’s a once-a-year chance to discover the often hidden or forgotten gems on our doorsteps and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that help bring local history and culture to life.

The event, established in 1994, is managed by the National Trust, and involves more than 5,000 events and some 40,000 volunteers who between them manage the opening of thousands of individual sites and welcome millions of visitors.

The RIBA’s Love Architecture programme externallink joins Heritage Open Days this year to tell the architectural story of buildings – past, present and future, through a series of talks, architect-led tours and special events taking place across the four-day festival.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the expertise of local architects and architectural historians up and down the country, gaining a deeper insight into the buildings which make up the places we love - from churches to Victorian pools to football stadiums.

For full details of events near you externallink, visit the Heritage Open Days website externallink, which includes an interactive map and the ability to curate your own programme of events.

Heritage Open Days