The Kingston upon Thames Society co-ordinates the Borough’s participation in the national Heritage Open Days scheme where free entry is offered to interesting buildings that are normally closed to the public.
Heritage Open Days 2019
England Heritage Open Days 2019 were on 13-22 September and Open House London 2019 took place on 21-22 September. Kingston Heritage Open days covered both events.
Details of all of the venues and their opening times are on the Kingston Heritage Open Days website at www.kingstonhod.wordpress.com.
Information on the Kingston Heritage Open Days is also available on our Facebook page.
Heritage Open Days – previous years
With over 1500 visitors over the four days, the range of activities and events has been quite diverse, for example:
- An Inter Faith Walk visiting 5 different types of places of worship, and the Trycyclingathon on the same day.
- Canbury Photographic Studio which was a winner of a Townscape award
- The new Kingston Quaker Centre;
- County Hall and Kingston Working Men’s Club.
There have been a number of exhibitions such as the very popular Kingston Aviation in the BalletBoyz Dance studio or YMCA, Warren House Tales at Warren House, and town centre redevelopment proposals at the Old Post Office as well as the Ancient Market Place Exhibition. There have also been activities for children in some venues such as the Dorich House Museum.
There have been plenty of old favourites such as All Saints Parish Church, Coombe and Ivy Conduit Houses, Frederick Paine Undertakers, Cleaves Almshouses and many others. The old bridge remains and Undercroft in the basement of John Lewis has been very popular in previous years, with over 400 visitors in 2013, but sadly it was closed in 2017 due to flooding from a burst pipe.
We would like to thank all who volunteer for their tremendous help and support of all the venues participating. And of course we must also thank everyone who came and visited.