Heritage Open Days

Thursday 10th - Sunday 13th September 2015

Heritage Open Days celebrates England's fantastic architecture and culture by offering access to places that are usually closed to the public.
It is a once-a-year chance to discover this heritage and enjoy a wide range of tours completely free of charge. 


Events include:

HMS Sultan aircraft & museums

Fort Brockhurst, Fort Rowner

Waterfront tours of Lee-on-the-Solent and Stokes Bay

Church & cemetry tours

Photographic competition

Architect led tours

Community heritage displays

Preserved Provincial buses.


Gosport is one of the two towns in the south east to receive concentrated support from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) during Heritage Open Days. Architects and specialist historians will lead tours and provide architectural background.

The RIBA’s public engagement programme, Love Architecture is partnering nationally with Heritage Open Days for the first time this year, with the theme Engaging people with the story of buildings – past, present and future.

Events in Gosport which will be led by architects and architectural historians are:

Love Architecture at the Discovery Centre talks and tours by the Discovery Centre’s architect Nick Yarrow, Friday 11 September 11am and 12 noon and Saturday 12 September, 11am and 12 noon

Love Architecture at Gosport Railway Station Gavin Hensman of Re-Format Architects, who converted the station will be on hand to answer questions about the buildings, Thursday 10 September 2pm-4.30pm and Friday 11 September, 2pm-4.30pm

Love Architecture at Royal Clarence Yard talks and tours every half hour by architects from John Thompson & Partners, Friday 11 September 10am-2pm

Love Architecture at Priddy’s Hard Ramparts tour with Giles Pritchard of Hampshire County Council Architects, including the Ramparts and E-Magazine, Thursday 10 September 12 noon.

Royal Haslar Hospital – Past, Present & Future tours with Our Enterprise Haslar, Thursday 10 September 1pm, Friday 11 September 1pm. Tours with Haslar Heritage Group, Saturday 12 September 10am and 1pm, Sunday 13 September 10 am and 1pm. Pre-booking is essential, opens on 15 August at the Discovery Centre and online on 16 August.

As well as these talks and tours, you will find information boards about the architecture of the buildings at the Discovery Centre; Gosport Railway Station; Royal Clarence Yard; and Priddy’s Hard.

James Robinson, RIBA Regional Director says: ‘Gosport is famous for its historic buildings; and Gosport Heritage Open Days celebrates its 21st birthday this year – it’s as old as Heritage Open Days itself. Architects were keen to join the dedicated and enthusiastic team of organisers, to help to tell the stories of the varied architecture of Gosport’.

Accessible bus tours to some events.

For details of Gosport Heritage Open Days events click here or contact Gosport Tourist Information Centre on 023 9252 2944.


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