Historic gems open their doors for free
Some 20 interesting and historic buildings are opening their doors to the public in and around Bath from today until Sunday as part of Heritage Open Days.
Heritage Open Days is a national, annual event co-ordinated by the Civic Trust and English Heritage which is designed to allow free access for members of the public to interesting and significant properties which are either not normally open, or which usually charge an entrance fee.
Local residents have the chance to learn more about some of the region's fantastic heritage at Heritage Open Days organised by Bath and North East Somerset Council.
Over this four-day period some 18 sites across Bath and North East Somerset will open up to the public for free. This year several new sites have signed up.
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The list of places to visit is Bath Masonic Hall which is open on Sunday, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, open on Saturday, Cleveland Baths open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Jewish burial ground at Combe Down open on Sunday, Museum of Bath at Work open on Sunday, Methodist Church Walcot open on Saturday and Sunday, No 4 The Circus (house and garden) open on Friday, Roman Baths Exploring the Periphery open on Saturday, Roman Baths Tunnel Tours open on Thursday and Friday, Southcot Burial Ground open on Sunday, St John's Store open on Saturday, St Swithin's Church, Walcot open Thursday to Sunday, Cross Manufacturing Co open Thursday and Friday, Eyre Chapel open on Sunday, May Gurney Recycling Depot open on Saturday, Prior Park Landscape Garden open on Saturday, Saltford Brass Mill open on Saturday and Sunday and Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust open on Saturday and Sunday.
Heritage Open Days celebrates England's fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function all around the country throw open their doors, ranging from castles to factories, town halls to tithe barns, parish churches to Buddhist temples.
It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture.
For further information maps and opening times visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/heritageevents or www.heritageopendays.org.uk.