Free visits to city's beautiful buildings
During the next few days several beautiful buildings in and around Bath which cannot normally be seen by members of the public will be opening their doors for free. Some attractions which normally charge for entry will also be available free of charge.
Heritage Open Days, which started back in 1994, celebrate England's architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee.
The variety of places which open their doors is endless and nationwide include follies, contemporary buildings, churches, factories, tunnels, temples, offices, private homes, industrial sites, castles, windmills and town halls.
Bath and North East Somerset Council's Heritage Services team is inviting people to take a look inside two of its own buildings, No 4 The Circus, Bath, and St John's Museum Store on Upper Bristol Road, Bath.
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The council is also working in partnership with the owners of several other buildings involved, including Beckford's Tower and Museum, Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust, Bath Masonic Hall, Saltford Brass Mill and the Central United Reformed Church, to promote the open days.
The house and garden at 4 The Circus will be open with staff on hand to answer questions today Thursday from 10am to noon. There is partial wheelchair access to house only.
At Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust in Silver Street, Midsomer Norton volunteers will be working on site and the main station building, shop and buffet will be open today, tomorrow and on Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
St John's Museum Store on Upper Bristol Road, Bath is the Roman Bath's history store and includes spa equipment and sedan chairs. It is open tomorrow from 10am to 2pm. There is wheelchair access.
Central United Reformed Church, Argyle Street, Bath opened for church services in October 1789. The church and old Sunday school will be open with volunteers available to answer questions on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. There is wheelchair access.
At Saltford Brass Mill, The Shallows, Saltford there is a brass rubbings, photographic display and trail open on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Partial wheelchair access only.
Bath Masonic Hall, Old Orchard Street, Bath dates from 1750 and was the first Theatre Royal outside London. Tours of the building and refreshments are available on Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Partial wheelchair access only.
Beckford's Tower and Museum on Lansdown Road, Bath has amazing panoramic views from the tower plus there is a chance to see the restored interiors of the Landmark Trust apartment. There is also a tomb trail of Lansdown Cemetery. No wheelchair access. Open free on Saturday from 10.30am to 5pm.
On Sunday September 13 the beautiful Eyre Chapel in Perrymead Cemetery, Bath will be open from 11am to 3pm.
Bath Guildhall will be open on Sunday, The Holburne Museum on Saturday, the Little Theatre projection room on Saturday, Royal Victoria Park Nursery on Sunday, St Swithin's Church from today until Sunday, the Theatre Royal on Saturday, Englishcombe barn and church and tours Thursday to Sunday, and Hinton Priory today.
The Cleveland Pools Alliance will also be opening the historic pools on the afternoons of Friday September 11, Saturday 12 , and Sunday 13 between 2pm and 5pm.
Heritage Open Day on Saturday also offers a great chance to get into National Trust houses and gardens for free. For one day only there is the chance to see some of Bristol and Bath's greatest treasures for free.
You can visit Tyntesfield which has been the subject of the most major re-roofing, re-wiring and re-plumbing project the National Trust has undertaken in more than a century. Or you can see demonstrations of Anglo-Saxon fights at Dyrham Park.
Dyrham Park is open from 11am to 4.30pm.
As part of Heritage Open Weekend, the re-enactment group Ulfhednar will set up camp at the Old Lodge buildings. You can see demonstrations of fights and learn about the history of warriors, the battle of Dyrham and Anglo-Saxon culture.
Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath can also be seen for free from 11am to 5.30pm.
There is free entry to the landscape garden in the heart of Bath and you can join one of our guided tours of the Wilderness throughout the day.
Tyntesfield, near Bristol is open from 11am to 5pm when you can have free admission to the famous Victorian estate. Check out the lace making demonstrations in the newly restored sawmill.