People can go behind the scenes in some of Portsmouth’s most fascinating historical places as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days events.

Supported by Portsmouth City Council, Heritage Open Days promises an array of engaging and immersive experiences, bringing together the rich cultural heritage of the city under one captivating theme.

From 8 to 17 September, residents and visitors alike will have the unique opportunity to delve into the creative heart of Portsmouth through a series of 70 diverse events. The city’s most iconic attractions have come together to offer an inspiring programme that encompasses guided tours, interactive activities, live performances, and exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpses into treasured museums and venues.

Visitors can step behind the curtains of the city’s top museums and attractions, to discover more about the creativity that’s driving everything from our theatres to the restoration of historic ships. All events are open to the public free of charge, making this experience accessible to everyone. Some events will need to be booked, and details can be found on the Visit Portsmouth website.

Just some of the participating venues that are embracing the ‘Creativity Unwrapped’ theme include the Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Museum, National Museum of the Royal Navy and the D-Day Story.

As part of a nationwide initiative that began in 1994, Heritage Open Days aims to foster a deeper connection between communities and their heritage. Over the years, the event has evolved into a grand celebration of culture, providing people with a glimpse into the dedicated efforts that sustain these cherished places throughout the year.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Leader of the Council, with responsibility for culture, said:

“Portsmouth has a wide range of cultural and historical sites, so it’s brilliant to see so many museums and venues in the city welcome visitors to find out more about the rich creative history we have here. All events are free for everyone, so I look forward to seeing visitors and residents welcomed to explore the origins of our historic ships and vibrant theatres.”

People can find out more about the full range of events by visiting and searching for ‘Heritage Open Days’