DOZENS of buildings usually closed to the public are set to open their doors across the district for Heritage Open Days.
This year’s event – part of England’s biggest heritage festival – begins on Friday (September 9), with 37 local venues taking part.
Highlights include a guided walk around Warwick’s ‘secret spaces’, a literary tour of Leamington and an opportunity to visit the archives of the County Records Office.
Many of the district’s churches will also be open with volunteers on hand to show visitors around their interiors, designed by leading architects and artists of the day.
While other local attractions, including Packwood House, Baddesley Clinton House, the Guy’s Cliffe Centre and Walled Garden, Bagot’s Castle and Hill Close Gardens will all be offering free admission at limited times during the festival, which runs until September 18.
Chair of Warwick District Council (WDC), Coun Mini Mangat, said: “It’s great to see Heritage Open Days back at full strength, giving local residents the chance to discover a wealth of local history on their doorstep and it’s all for free.
“I would like to thank the many volunteers who work so hard to make this very special event possible.”
A booklet listing all the venues taking part and opening times is available from libraries and visitor information centres. Further information is available on the Heritage Open Days and Warwick District Council websites.