From a guided tour of the Paris metro to baking demonstrations (and tastings) to stone masonry workshops at the Citadel de Lille, there is a huge variety of events taking place on the third weekend in September across the length and breadth of France.
Created in 1984 by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the European Heritage Days is THE cultural event of the autumn, when there will be a great variety of heritage attractions on offer to visitors. Alongside masterpieces of civil or religious architecture, it also features fascinating reminders of industry and farming, parks and gardens, archaeological sites, literary and military heritage. Combining many different initiatives, the European Heritage Days are an occasion for large numbers of visitors to discover public buildings such as town halls and theatres as well as private buildings including villas, castles and even factories. They all open their doors to the public for this one weekend of the year. In addition special activities such as guided tours, workshops, demonstrations and concerts will be on offer in those locations, opened specifically for the event, as well as those regularly opened to the public.
Visit the official website for more information about specific events and opening times: European Heritage Days