Cork Heritage Open Day celebrates its 14th anniversary this year. From small beginnings with just 30 participating buildings and 5,000 visitors, Cork Heritage Open Day was organised to mark the 2005 City of Culture programme of events. Now 14 years later, Cork Heritage Open Day has more than 40 buildings involved, an extensive programme of events ongoing through the day, and reaches an audience of almost 20,000 people.
The event is organised by Cork City Council as part of Heritage Week in partnership with the Heritage Council and with media sponsorship from Cork’s 96 FM and the Evening Echo.
This event is organised almost entirely on a voluntary basis with building owners, local historians and communities giving their time free of charge. The success of the event lies with the people behind the buildings who open their doors willingly every year to allow the public a glimpse of the amazing and unique built heritage of Cork City. Without the generosity of the building owners, this event would not happen.