Here you can find out about all the properties that are open, places that are participating and tours that you can take in and around Kingston during this year’s open days.
This page is still being updated as new venues are registered. The last update was made on 5 August.
All Saints Kingston
All Saints Church, Market Place, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JP
Kingston’s only Grade I listed building – a church has been on this site since Anglo-Saxon times; several Anglo-Saxon kings were crowned on this site. The current church mostly dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries.
Come and explore the site with our heritage trails, discover the history of All Saints in our heritage gallery with introductory video and interactive timelines and discover the hidden treasures of All Saints, including a replica of Athelstan’s crown!
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Church Lane, Chessington KT9 2LB
Once again St Mary’s, Chessington will be open in conjunction with Heritage Open Day. We will be very pleased to welcome visitors to our ancient church which has recently been refurbished inside and out.
Come and discover Chessington’s ‘hidden’ treasure, a rural hilltop chapel until the 20th century urban development. Grade II St Mary’s was first mentioned in Merton Priory records of 1174. There is an early Nottingham alabaster of the Annunciation and unusual wooden pillars were inserted when the south aisle was added in 1870.
49-71 Old London Road, Kingston Upon Thames KT2 6ND
Almshouses established in 1669 and extended in Victorian times. Recently modernised. Set in attractive gardens.
Entry to hall and gardens via Old London Road.
Lord Chancellor Walk, Coombe Lane West, Kingston upon Thames KT2 7HE
Coombe Conduit is one of Kingston’s most important ancient monuments. It was built around 1540 as part of a system to collect fresh water from springs on Kingston Hill and channel it to the palace of Hampton Court.
In its atmospheric interior visitors can see crystal-clear water still flowing into lead-lined cisterns in two brick-walled chambers, which are connected by an 80ft underground passage.
The imposing entry to the Conduit is a chapel-like building in stone and brick, topped with crow-stepped gables.
Great Richmond Road Factory
The Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5BH
An exhibition of photographs, slideshows and models celebrating 100 years since the building in 1917 of the National Aircraft Factory No.2 at Ham between Kingston and Richmond on Thames and 75 years of achievements- building cars, lorries and aircraft.
Guided tours of the original factory site now a housing development.
On Saturday a 1920sTrojan car, on Sunday a 1930s Leyland Cub bus and a Hawker Hunter jet aircraft cockpit all built on the site.
High Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1EU
See inside the Mayor’s Parlour and meet the Mayor or Deputy Mayor.
See the Council Chamber, Queen Anne Suite, Cabinet Office and Charter Gallery.
Holy Cross Preparatory School
George Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 7NU
In the early 13th century the estate was owned by the Crown. In 1215 King John gave Coombe to Hugh de Nevill, so from the time of Edward the Confessor the land on which the school now stands belonged to many important people connected with the kings and queens of the time.
In 1870 John Galsworthy Senior bought 24 acres of land at Coombe, and built Coombe Ridge House, the building that the school now occupies. In 1875 he and his family moved in. Much of his son John’s writing beginning with ‘Man of Property’ and the ‘Forsyte Saga’ was written whilst the family lived here. Young John was known to sit in the grounds by the pond to gain inspiration for his writings.
In the grounds of the school is the ancient monument Ivy Conduit.
Holy Cross Preparatory School, George Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 7NU
The Ivy Conduit is thought to have been constructed between 1538 and 1540 as part of the water supply system for Hampton Court Palace. It was one of three conduit houses, collecting water from springs on Coombe Hill for transportation down three miles of lead pipes to Hampton Court Palace. The system ceased to function in 1900.
The conduit house consists of a brick, vaulted chamber with recesses in the walls and an inner chamber, which is entered by two steps, containing the spring.
The Ivy Conduit is situated in the grounds of Holy Cross Preparatory School.
Kingston History Centre
Guildhall, High Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1EU
Kingston History Centre is home to the historical archives and local history collections of the borough. It is based within the former Magistrate’s Courts in the Grade II listed Guildhall building.
There will be a tour of the courts and brief history of the Guildhall building on offer, as well as the opportunity to see some original material from the collections.
Kingston History Tour Guided Walks
Ancient Market Place, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JP
Two guided walks around Kingston’s historic town centre and riverside.
The tours will outline Kingston’s history from Saxon times until the present day. Features will include: the Coronation Stone, The Guildhall, Clattern Bridge, All Saints’ Parish Church, the Ancient Market Place, the medieval bridge remains and undercroft in John Lewis.
Fairfield Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS
Kingston Museum is a Grade II listed Carnegie building, telling the story of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, from its ancient origins to the current day.
Our special exhibition is ‘Through Their Eyes: Depicting Korea and the UK Then and Now’.
There will be a tour of the building on offer at 10.30am and Korean inspired family craft activities in the afternoon.
Kingston National Spiritualist Church
2 Villiers Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 3AR
This is a special occasion for us as the church has been here for 90 years this year; to celebrate cream teas will be on offer and the church garden has been redesigned.
The cornerstone of the Kingston Spiritualist church was laid by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, on April 27th 1927. The church has a lovely wooden beamed ceiling, beautiful stained glass window, and a rear garden. A quiet oasis in the heart of Kingston.
Kingston, Surbiton, and District Synagogue
33 – 35, Uxbridge Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2LL
Visit a modern orthodox Jewish Synagogue, and ask questions about Judaism.
Kingston Synagogue has a sefer torah on permanent loan from the Czech Scrolls Trust, from the town of Ostrava in the Czech Republic.
Old Malden Heritage Walk
St John the Baptist Church, Church Road, Worcester Park KT4 7RY
1.5km walk exploring the Domesday village of Malden and its ancient meadows (rough walking) putting it into historical context.
Hear about its connection with the founding of Merton College Oxford; see where artist Sir John Millais painted the background to his picture of Ophelia.
The meeting point is St John the Baptist Church.
SuperHome Open Day
Willingham Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 3JA
Damon Hart-Davis lives in this Late ’60s ex-council wood-framed end-terrace house and he has achieved a 62% carbon reduction. Damon has reported a remarkable 100% saving on bills (zero carbon and overall bills with FiT payments)! Measures you will see at this SuperHome include triple glazing, solar PV panels, loft, ceiling and internal wall insulation.
Surbiton History Tour Guided Walk
Surbiton Railway Station, Surbiton KT6 4PE
One guided walk around Surbiton where the railway arrived in 1838 with subsequent development of large Victorian houses serviced by cooks and maids.
Surbiton was the original “Queen of the Suburbs” and acquired a lovely Edwardian Coronation Clock Tower and interesting Art Deco railway station.
St. John the Baptist Parish Church, Old Malden
Church Road, Worcester Park KT4 7QX
A Grade II listed Jacobean Church (1611) built on Saxon ruins with a Victorian extension (1875) and a contemporary extension (2004) within a conservation area. Ancient fields and Hogsmill River nearby. Connections with Merton College Oxford and the artist Millais painted the background to Ophelia below the church on the river. Local History boards on display.
Claremont Gardens, The Crescent, Surbiton KT6 4BN
The event form part of Wheels of Time, our new Heritage Lottery Fund supported project -researching the rich, but overlooked, heritage of cycling in Kingston Borough.
Three different routes are suggested to suit the different levels of fitness and confidence of each cyclist – or you can just cycle where you want to. The Experienced Ride will start at 10am and finish at approximately 1pm (44 miles). The Family Ride will start at 11.30 and finish at approximately 1pm (10 miles). The Vintage Ride will start at 11.45 and finish at approximately 1.15pm (5 miles).