Heritage Open Days


The Three Solway Churches (St Michael's Burgh-by-Sands, St Mary's Beaumont and St Michael's Bowness-on-Solway) usually take part in the national Heritage Open Days scheme. But owing to the Covid 19 pandemic there are different arrangements for 2021 please see below.


All three usually offer light refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits/squash) and a steward to welcome visitors and show them round if required.  Trained guides are also on duty at St. Michael’s Burgh-by-Sands.  

Heritage Open Days 2021

St. Michael’s Church, Burgh-by-Sands and St. Michael’s Church, Bowness-on-Solway, are both looking forward to welcoming visitors under the Heritage Open Days project on Saturday 11 September 2021 from 11 am to 4 pm.  Guided visits to both churches will be available.  Burgh Church has disabled access and WC facilities, but for this year it is not possible to offer tours of the tower to first floor level.  It is hoped to do that again in 2022.

The tours are subject to possible cancellation at the time if the prevailing conditions then suggest this would be prudent, so if you are planning a visit to either church that day we would advise email info@eastsolwaychurches.org.uk  ahead of setting out, to check that the opening and tours are still taking place.

Heritage Open Days arrangements (other than in 2021)

St Michael's Burgh-by-Sands

There will be tower tours to first floor level on the hour and guided tours of the church throughout the day.  Minimum age for tower tours is eight years and children from eight to sixteen must be accompanied by an adult.


Full disabled access apart from the first floor of the tower. 

WC and baby changing facilities available.


St Mary's Beaumont

Stewards on duty and refreshments available. 

St Michael's Bowness-on-Solway

Stewards on duty at most times.


Visitor Comments from Heritage Open Days

St. Michael’s, Burgh-by-Sands: 

A brilliant insight into local history.

Loved everything about the visit.

Amazing church, great to see and go inside the tower.

Excellent tour, very interesting, the boys (including dad) loved it!

Wonderful church, enlivened by one of the most informative and entertaining descriptive tours we have had in such a place.  Magnificent!

Thank you.  Great patience with the children. Very interesting too.

Brilliant to be able to see inside the tower and the original bells.

A lovely surprise whilst walking the wall.Very interesting.

A thoroughly interesting review and a fascinating church with colourful history.

Fabulous tour and information about a wonderful slice of history – thanks.

Wonderful hospitality.

Thank you for an unforgettable experience.

Wonderful welcome, extremely friendly and informative.  Thank you!

Fantastic – layers of history – a national treasure.

Thank you for the very interesting visit – the tower is amazing.

Thank you for enriching our day.

Beautiful Church, interesting history and warm welcome.

Superb presentation of unique historical facts.


St. Mary’s, Beaumont:

Great to know people are keeping the story behind the church alive.

Wonderful!  Extremely friendly and helpful.  Thank you.

What an accomplishment for this small community – thank you for the warm welcome and well displayed information.

Thank you for our informative visit.  I particularly liked the dove over the font, very unusual.

Some very interesting documents here.

Interesting history of the area.

Lovely church, very friendly and informative guides.


St. Michael’s, Bowness-on-Solway:

Great treasure of a church

Stunning church and fantastic art work throughout

A lovely church with interesting stories!!

Lovely church, friendly welcome.

Beautiful  church.  Stained glass windows are excellent.

An impressive building.

One of my favourite local churches.

Completed Hadrian’s Wall and enjoyed cup of tea!


Come and visit us in 2021 – we will look forward  to seeing you!