This week sees the return of the popular Heritage Open Days – a four-day event running from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September.

Across England some 40,000 volunteers are organising 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history, architecture and culture. Various local buildings, gardens and places of historic interest will be taking part by throwing open their doors.

Many of these attractions aren’t normally open to the public – making this the perfect opportunity to see hidden places and try out new experiences – while others are open during the year but will be offering FREE access during the Festival.

Here are just a few of the places you can visit in Shakespeare’s England:

·         Church House, Alcester

·         Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park

·         Hill Close Gardens, Warwick

·         Kenilworth Abbey Barn Museum & Kenilworth Abbey Remains

·         Leamington Society Historic Building Walk

·         Leamington Station & Garden

·         Old Toll House, Stratford-upon-Avon

·         Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa

·         Stratford Town Walk – Heritage Pub Tour

·         The Court House, Warwick

·         The Old Slaughterhouse Arts & Heritage Studio, Stratford-upon-Avon

·         Tour of Warwickshire Museum Collections

·         Warwick Town Centre Walk

In addition, there’s a special pop-up Gardens exhibition at the Shakespeare Centre, and the region’s National Trust properties will be welcoming visitors free of charge too.

More information about individual event opening times, directions and accessibility can be found on www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

With so much to choose from, the only question is what will YOU discover?

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