7th Dec, 2019

Buildings across the district usually closed to the public set to open their doors

Ian Hughes 10th Sep, 2019

BUILDINGS in the district, some of which are not normally accessible to the public, will be opening their doors for Heritage Open Days.

This year’s event will see 48 local venues open as part of England’s biggest heritage festival taking place over ten days from September 13 to 22.

Highlights include guided literary and heritage walks of Leamington, tours of St Mary’s Church in Warwick with an opportunity to visit the tower and see the bells, the chance to experience a Victorian school day at St John’s House Museum or take a guided tour of St Mary’s Priory and Abbey Ruins in Kenilworth.

Many of the district’s churches will be open with volunteers on hand to show visitors around. Other local attractions including Packwood House, Baddesley Clinton, Lord Leycester Hospital and Hill Close Gardens will be offering free admission at limited times during the festival.

Bagot’s Castle in Baginton, an ancient monument lost in time for hundreds of years, will be open midday to 4.30pm for all ten days.

Warwick District Council chairman Coun George Illingworth said: “As this year’s events are taking place over ten consecutive days, there are even more opportunities for local people to take part in a guided tour or visit buildings and places of interest some of which are not normally open to the public, free of charge.”

A guide listing all the venues taking part and opening times is available from libraries and visitor information centres, and on the Heritage Open Days and Warwick District Council websites.

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