European Heritage Days 2015 in London

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Europe is quickly changing as it adapts to waves of international migration. That’s why the Council of Europe and the European Commission started the European Heritage Days, or Doors Open Days, back in 1991 under the unifying motto of “... ... read more

London European Heritage Days Overview

Europe is quickly changing as it adapts to waves of international migration. That’s why the Council of Europe and the European Commission started the European Heritage Days, or Doors Open Days, back in 1991 under the unifying motto of “Europe: a common heritage.” The European Heritage Days celebrate the shared histories of European countries along with the diversity that new immigrants contribute to European culture.

Every year in September and October, 50 countries take part in the European Heritage Days, offering over 20 million visitors access to over 30,000 cultural sites and landmarks. Each country selects its theme for the year and offers the public access to historical sites and monuments that aren’t normally open to visitors. European Heritage Days takes place at different times from September through October, and at different parts of each country every year, offering returning guests something new with each visit.

The goal of European Heritage Days is to highlight an important aspect of each European culture while bringing diverse European citizens together through this shared experience. New visitors to Europe have the chance to dive head first into a particular host country, while seasoned travelers can rediscover a particular culture through each year’s changing theme.

Each September, hundreds of thousands of people visit England’s European Heritage Days for special events and open houses at thousands of landmarks, monuments, and museums in cities and towns all over the country. In addition to the open houses, hundreds of expert guides, archeologists, and conservationists volunteer to educate the public with free historical walks, tours, and talks on English culture and history.

In London, Open House London features 750 of the city’s most popular cultural institutions with free events and tours. Visit the Bank of England to take in the imperial classical style or stop by the Handel House Museum for an inside look at the composer’s brilliance. And at the Gherkin and City Hall, learn more about developments in green design. Whether you want to explore antiquity at one of the 1600 architectural tours or take a peek at Westminster Hall and Lloyd’s of London, there’s something for everyone at the annual European Heritage Days in London.

With cultural demonstrations, folk concerts, and tours, European Heritage Days London offers visitors the chance to soak in as much of authentic English heritage as time permits. All events and landmark tours are free, but some of the more popular historical sites may have long lines, so be sure to come early. After discovering another side of English culture in London, celebrate this great city by learning drinking traditions from the locals at the historic pubs nearby.

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