A number of Fermanagh attractions are offering free entry as part of the 24th annual European Heritage Open Days (EHOD).

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey is inviting everyone to get involved with the event which will celebrate local architecture, history and culture. This year’s EHOD event has been extended from the usual weekend to a full week of online events from September 6-12, with access to heritage buildings on the weekend of September 10-12.

Over 250 heritage buildings across Northern Ireland will be opening during the weekend free of charge which includes Fermanagh properties. A number of these properties are not normally open to the public, so EHOD offers an opportunity for everyone to explore many hidden treasures.

Minister Hargey launched the EHOD e-brochure, which details the exciting programme of events, at one of the participating properties, the Linen Hall Library in Belfast. The library will be hosting a digital event especially for EHOD ‘Stories of Hidden LGBT History at Linen Hall Library’ presented by Dr Richard O’Leary.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Hargey said: “The European Heritage Open Days theme this year ‘Inclusion – Exploring our hidden history together’ is about celebrating inclusiveness and diversity, a chance for everyone to appreciate the wonderful shared cultural heritage right on our doorstep.

“European Heritage Open Days remains a continued success due to the efforts of a wide range of communities and individuals which help deliver a largely volunteer-led programme. EHOD is for everyone - as the theme this year reflects - and I would urge people to take a look at the e-brochure and events listings and plan out your EHOD experience.”

Highlights of County Fermanagh:

Virtual Gortmaconnell Jeep Safari (online): From the comfort of your own home, you now can enjoy one of the Geopark cherished heritage sites at Gortmaconnell. Virtually you will be able to jump on board one of the Geopark jeeps and explore the stunning scenery. The Virtual Gortmaconnell Jeep Safari will be provided in both English and Irish for you to enjoy as you wish.

West Side Story: Enniskillen Historical Walking Tour: An enjoyable and informative guided walk around the west end of Enniskillen. The scenic walk takes in key architectural features as well as social and boating histories related to the island town.

The Village Catalyst - Pat Murphy House: Ederney Community Development Trust (ECDT), Northern Ireland, has been working in partnership with Ederney Credit Union to restore the listed Pat Murphy House on the village Main Street. This project is part of an innovative Village Catalyst pilot, funded by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the Department for Communities, with support from the Architectural Heritage Fund. Guided Tour.

Whilst all events are free many require pre booking. For more information check out Discover Northern Ireland where you can download the EHOD brochure and view the listings of the range of events and activities on offer for you to enjoy right across Northern Ireland.