Connor churches embrace European Heritage Open Days

Friday September 1st 2017

Craigs Parish Church will take part in European Heritage Open Days on Saturday September 9 and Sunday September 10.

This year sees the 20th anniversary of the European Heritage Open Days scheme, and on September 9 and 10 around 300 Northern Ireland buildings, including many Connor parish churches, will take part.

Over the two days, participants are asked to open for free, outside of normal opening hours if possible, and some may provide added attractions such as tours and afternoon teas.

The Connor churches inviting visitors to tour their buildings this year are as follows:

  • Lisburn Cathedral – Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 2.30-4.30pm. Tours hourly
  • All Saints, Eglantine – Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 2-4pm. Tours available
  • Middle Church, Ballinderry – Sat 10am-4pm
  • Christ Church, Derriaghy – Sat 10am-4pm; Sun for services at 9.15, 11 and 6.30
  • St Catherine’s, Killead – Sat 2-5pm; Sun 3-5pm.   Afternoon tea in church hall. ID is essential as the church is within the military base at Aldergrove
  • St Nicholas Parish Church, Carrickfergus – Sat 11am-3pm; Sun 2-4pm. Tours available
  • St Cedma’s, Larne – Sun 12-30-6pm (More Information)
  • St John’s, Donegore –  Sat and Sun 2pm-4pm
  • Craigs Parish Church – Sat 10am-2pm; Sun 11am-1pm
  • Layd Church (ruins of 13th century Francisan foundation). Always open
  • St Thomas Parish Church, Rathlin Island – Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm
  • St George’s Parish Church, Belfast – Sat 10.30am-4pm; Sun 2-4pm. Tours available
  • St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast – Sun 1pm-3pm
  • St Matthew’s, Shankill – Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 1pm-4pm

So if you have some spare time next weekend, why not take this opportunity to learn more about the heritage of some of Connor’s oldest churches.

Click here for a further details and a full list of properties taking part in European Heritage Open Days 2017.

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