History and culture will be brought to life as historic properties open to the public across under the European Heritage Open Days initiative on September 12 & 13.
With all events free of charge and many which are family friendly, everyone can take the opportunity to step back in time.
Mark H Durkan said: “EHOD, now in its milestone 18th year, offers a unique “peek” through many of our historic buildings.
“There are over 400 properties and events across the North reflecting the depth and diversity of our built heritage.
“Established favourites like Rowallene Garden, Strangford Castle, Mount Stewart and the Bronte Homeland Interpretative Centre will again feature alongside living history events and walking tours which will bring heritage alive for visitors.
“Step behind the scenes and discover how Irish linen fabrics are designed, created and manufactured for theatre and film industries during a tour of Theatrical Linens in Banbridge.
“Young or old, modern or historic, on your doorstep or further afield there is something for you.
“I urge everyone to join in this year and take advantage of this unique opportunity to celebrate our heritage.”
Concluding, Minister Durkan added: “EHOD showcases the excellent contribution our built and cultural heritage makes to our environment and economy. I thank all of the owners and guardians of properties who open their doors and to those other volunteers who give up their time to lead tours and host events.”
All events are free, but there are some that require pre-booking and a few that have already reached capacity so check out http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/ehod and plan your EHOD activity now.