Heritage Open Days 2019

Thursday 12 to Sunday 22 September

Discover Watford's rich heritage with special free events and openings across the town.  The Open Day weekends gives open access to many of the buildings and structures that make Watford the town it is today.  Download booklet here

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Celebrate the launch of this year's Heritage Open Days with a talk at Watford Museum.  Janet Golding will give a talk on the the History of Watford's hidden Almshouses.

Booking essential via Watford Museum: 01923 232297 or info@watfordmuseum.org.uk 

Watford Museum

Thursday 12 September, 2pm

Friends of Watford Museum Talk

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Have a full guided tour of the Pump House Theatre & Arts Centre, including visiting backstage, seeing all the fantastic props and view wonderful costumes from fabulous productions. Plus, opening up areas rarely seen by the public.  Built in 1854 the building was used as a Victorian pumping station. The second part of the tale will include the secret tour, historical photos and information.  The Pump House is truly a hidden gem. 

Booking essential via 01923 241362 or sharon.gaffney@pumphouse.info.

Pump House Theatre & Arts Centre, Local Board Road, WD17 2JP

Friday 13 September, 11am to 5pm

Saturday 14 September, 11am to 5pm

Sunday 17 September, 11am to 5pm

Pump House Guided Tours


Exhibition and sale of work by local artists, table top activities for children.  Members of the Friends of Little Cassiobury will be available to talk about their plans for this historic gem.

No booking required.

Little Cassiobury, 31 Hempstead Road, WD17 3EY

Saturday 14 September, 11am to 4pm

Little Cassiobury Art & Craft Sale

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St Andrew's will be open all day for people to look around this parish church, which is over 160 years old. It is an early example of the work of SS Teulon and features fine windows. Useful information will be on display, tea and coffee will be available.

No booking required.

Church Road, WD17 4PY

Saturday 14 September, 9.30am to 5pm

St Andrew's Church open day

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North Watford was developed for housing and industry following the building of the London and Birmingham Railway in the 1830's. Our walk covers the area where a range of industries were established in the second half of the nineteenth century.​  A guided walking tour through Watford's industrial heritage

No booking required.  More information: Diane Lee 07954 698193 or diane.lee@live.co.uk

Sandown Road, corner with Osborne Road, WD24 7BA

Saturday 14 September, 10am to 12 noon

North Watford Industrial Heritage Walk


Discover the fascinating heritage of the estate of the Earls of Essex on this heritage walk around the park. Join our guided walk with a member of the SW Herts Archaeological & Historical Society, from the Cassiobury Park Hub up into Whippendell Woods.

Booking preferred via 01923 727072 or cassiobury@watford.gov.uk

Cassiobury Park, WD18 7HY

Sunday 15 September, 11am to 1pm

Cassiobury Park Heritage Walk

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The tour will give details about the council chamber's architecture, how council meetings ​are managed and information about the Borough insignia.

Booking essential via 01923 232297 or info@watfordmuseum.org.uk

Town Hall, WD17 3EX

Tuesday 17 September, 3pm

Town Hall Tour

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Watford's oldest pub, The One Crown will be hosting a quiz on Tuesday 17 September on the history of Watford with prizes for the top three winners.  Saturday 14 & Saturday 21 September there will be live music performances for you to enjoy.  Throughout the week there will be a display of The One Crown's past.

No booking required.

One Crown, 156 High Street, WD17 2EN

Tuesday 17 September, 8pm

Saturday 14 & Saturday 21 September, 8.30pm

Heritage Open Day Celebration at The One Crown

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This tour will give an exclusive insight to Vicarage Road Stadium which is currently something that cannot be purchased. Visitors will get to view some of our hospitality areas, media areas, changing rooms as well as the opportunity to take photos pitch-side and/or in the dug-out.

Booking essential via Watford Museum: 01923 232297 or info@watfordmuseum.org.uk 

Vicarage Road Stadium, Vicarage Road, WD18 0ER

Wednesday 18 September, 10.30 to 11.30am

Watford Football Club Stadium Tour - FULLY BOOKED

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Little Cassiobury is one of only four Grade II* buildings in Watford. It is a rare local example of Queen Anne architecture and the most important surviving structure in the history of the Earl of Essex's Cassiobury estate.

Tucked behind the town's registry office and not usually open to the public, this is a great opportunity to learn about the history of this fascinating building with a guided tour by Watford Museum and Watford Council's Planning department.

Booking essential via Watford Museum: 01923 232297 or info@watfordmuseum.org.uk 

Little Cassiobury, 31 Hempstead Road, WD17 3EY

Thursday 19 September, 11am and 12 noon

Little Cassiobury Tours - FULLY BOOKED

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Niall Bird of Giles Quarme & Associated will give a talk on one of Watford's most historic buildings, Grade II* listed Frogmore House.  Learn and discover all about the beautiful house in this talk hosted in Watford Museum.​  The talk will expand upon Frogmore House's days as a tannery and the connected history to the River Colne. This illustrated talk is a great chance to have a virtual glimpse into this closed historic building.

Booking essential via Watford Museum: 01923 232297 or info@watfordmuseum.org.uk 

Watford Museum

Thursday 19 September, 2pm

A Talk on Frogmore House

Holy Rood Holy Ghost Chapel - church ima

Visit the beautiful Grade I listed Gothic church, designed by John Francis Bentley (the architect of Westminster Roman Catholic Cathedral, London)

Booking essential for tours via Watford Museum: 01923 232297 or info@watfordmuseum.org.uk 

No booking required for church visits.

Market Street, WD18 0PJ

Thursday 19 September, 9am to 12 noon and 1 to 4pm (tour at 9.30am) - CANCELLED

Friday 20 September, 9am to 12 noon and 1 to 4pm (tour at 2pm)

Saturday 21 September, 9 to 11am and 2.30 to 5pm 

Holy Rood Church


The only museum in the county that depicts the history of fire-fighting from the early days. There are manual fire engines, a 1896 horse-drawn steam fire pump, a 1936 Leyland fire engine and a WW2 trailer pump.  There are uniforms that can be tried on and equipment that can be handled.  There is a large photographic display of Watford Fire Brigade, fire engines and fires. 

No booking required.

Fire Station, Lower High Street, WD17 2AG

Saturday 21 September, 1 to 4pm 

Herts Fire Brigade Museum Open Day

Join a guided tour of this GradeII listed hidden treasure and then enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea before joining us for a special choral evensong at 6pm.

Booking preferred via 01923 236174 or treasurer@saintjohnswatford.org.uk

Sutton Road, WD17 2QQ

Sunday 22 September, 2 to 7.30pm 

St John the Apostle & Evangelist Church

Historic Buildings of Watford - an exhibition of photographs and history of local buildings exhibited during the full Heritage Open Days event.​ See how much you can learn from the exhibition with a trivia quiz on the history of Watford!


No booking required.

Hempstead Road, WD17 3EU

Friday 13 & Friday 20 September, 1 to 6pm 

Saturday 14 & Saturday 21 September, 9.30am to 4pm

Sunday 15 & Sunday 22 September, 1 to 5pm

Monday 16  & Wednesday 18 September, 9.30am to 6pm

Thursday 19 September, 9.30am to 7pm

Watford Central Library

St Michael and All Angels Church, first consecrated in 1913, is a very large and beautiful but little-known church in West Watford. It is particularly rich in First World War Memorials. There is now a newly restored War Memeorial outside the church.


No booking required. Check on opening times via 01923 247090 or stmichaels@talktalk.net 

Corner of Mildred Avenue and Durban Road West, WD18 7DY

St Michael and All Angels Church

Watford's oldest building, this Grade I listed town centre church will be open for the public.  All are welcome to join a service.

The church is open daily to the public - check with the church for more information on opening and special tours 01923 225189.

No booking required,

Church Street, WD18 0EG

St Mary's Church


194 High Street


WD17 2DT


Thursday - Saturday
0:00 - 17:00




Tel: 01923 232297


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