European Heritage Open Days is an annual event celebrating local architecture, history and culture, which takes place across Europe on the second weekend in September.
EHOD 2022 will be opening its doors across Northern Ireland on 10 and 11 September with week-long digital events taking place from 5-11 September.
A number of the sites are located within the Cathedral Quarter area, including the following:
Belfast Central Library
Belfast Central Library, Royal Avenue, Belfast. (Free)
Enjoy a guided tour of Belfast Central Library, which is a fine example of a Victorian public building with a portico entrance.The highlight of the interior is a domed first floor reading room with delicate plasterwork detail. The top floor features two galleries with glass vaulting and fine plasterwork. Tours at 10.30 and 14.30.
Northern Ireland War Memorial Museum
21 Talbot Street, Belfast. (Free)
Visit the Northern Ireland War Memorial on Saturday 10th September as part of European Heritage Open Days and learn more about Digging for Victory and rationing during the Second World War.
Roll up your sleeves to harvest, wash and peel a carrot lollipop, taste a wartime cake and listen to 1940s music as you make a Dig for Victory Poster to take home.
There's something for all ages to enjoy!
Great Place North Belfast Historical Walking Tour
St Anne's Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. (Booking required)
Explore the unique heritage of inner north Belfast as your tour guide tells you about the hidden histories behind each of the buildings involved with Great Place North Belfast. Setting off from- outside St Anne's Cathedral. To book email: email@example.com or phone: 02890997022. Visit: cliftonbelfast.com/
Belfast Harbour Commissioners
Harbour Office, Corporation Square, Belfast. (Free)
For over 150 years, the Harbour Office has been the HQ of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners, the body charged with the operation, maintenance and development of Belfast Harbour. The first section of the building, designed by the Commissioner Engineer George Smith and erected at a cost of £8000 was opened in 1854. An Extension by architect William Henry Lynn was completed in 1895 at a cost of £14349. The architectural style reflects that of an Italian Palazzo.
Belfast Print Workshop
30-42 Waring Street, Belfast. (Free)
September 2022 marks 45 years since Belfast Print Workshop was founded. Over the years we have had artists of great renowned as members and every technique used in printmaking has been worked with. As part of our founding anniversary we welcome people to visit our Studio and view the Exhibition which tells the story of printmaking in Belfast. EHOD offers a brilliant opportunity for people to experience free workshops in printmaking when professional artists will talk and demonstrate their creativity. Together we can celebrate the rich heritage of visual arts being passed onto new generations.
Sinclair Seaman's Parish Church
Corporation Square, Belfast. (Free)
Sinclair Seamen's is a historic church beside the Harbour Office in Corporation Square, Belfast designed by Charles Lanyon and opened in 1857. The building which is in the Venetion style houses many maritime artefacts.
There will be a guided tour of the interior of this venetian style harbourside church, as over the years it has been decorated in a maritime theme and is a glowing tribute to the city's seafaring tradition. The pulpit is in the shape of a prow of a ship. It is situated beside the Harbour Office in Corporation Square.
Parish Church of St. George
105 High Street, Belfast. (Free)
St. George's Parish Church, located in High Street, is the oldest Anglican church in use in Belfast. It is the third church to be built on that site, worship having taken place there since the 10th century if not earlier.
The present building was designed by John Bowden, a Dublin architect, in the neo-Classical style then prevalent and was opened in 1816, initially to take the overflow from St. Anne's Parish Church in Donegall Street. It became a parish church in its own right in the 1820s, serving the immediate area which until the late 19th century had a substantial resident population.
Explore the notable features of the finely decorated wooden pulpit, the rood screen at the chancel steps and the marble font during EHOD 2022.
Frederick Street Quaker Meeting House
45 Frederick Street, Belfast. (Free)
There has been a Quaker Meeting in Belfast since 1799. Originally located in North Street, it later moved to its present position in 1810. A larger meeting house, designed by Thomas Jackson, was built in 1839. By 1971, the meeting house was in poor repair and no longer suitable for the smaller number of Friends attending. A new meeting house designed by architect Gordon McKnight, was built to replace it and all that remains of the former meeting house is the street entrance.
You are welcome to come and look around the building and to find out more about Belfast’s Quaker heritage.
St. Anne's Belfast Cathedral
Donegal Street, Belfast. (Free)
Self guided tours for EHOD. Belfast Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of St. Anne, has stood for over 100 years in the heart of Belfast – a treasure trove of art, culture and music. The Cathedral contains detailed mosaics by the sisters Gertrude and Margaret Martin, elaborate stonework by Rosamond Praeger, Morris Harding and Esmond Burton, beautiful stained glass windows and more.
Visitor Guides and Audio Guides are available in eight languages.
Revealing Riddel's Warehouse
Ann Street, Belfast. (Free)
Join Ulster Architectural Heritage and Hearth Historic Buildings Trust (http://hearthni.org) at the impressive Riddel’s Warehouse on Ann Street on Saturday 10th September.
Come and meet with representatives of Hearth to learn more about the plans for this fascinating building and to discuss possible involvement in its future.
Until it is put back into use, Riddel’s, along with over 500 structures in Northern Ireland, is classified as a ‘building at risk’. UAH staff will also be available to tell you about the Heritage at Risk project in Northern Ireland.
*Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Booking Essential.*To book visit: https://www.ulsterarchitecturalheritage.org.uk/events/
Online Event - Belfast Print Workshop
On 6th September watch an online video on the founding of BPW and the launch of the months events, view the video on www.facebook.com/Belfastprintworkshop. September 2022 marks 45 years since Belfast Print Workshop was founded. Over the years we have had artists of great renowned as members and every technique used in printmaking has been worked with. Together we can celebrate the rich heritage of visual arts being passed onto new generations.
A full list of European Heritage Open Day events is available.
For further information, contact the EHOD team: