Heritage Open Days

14 Landmarks open to the public in September

Heritage Open Days is one of England's biggest heritage festival and we're delighted to be involved. We're opening the doors to 14 Landmarks during September. All of our buildings are free to explore with no booking required.

Astley Castle, Nuneaton

Friday 9th - Tuesday 13th September

 

 

The ancient moated site of Astley Castle holds unequivocally modern living accommodation clasped within the shell of the Castle. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the huge living room and kitchen look out over Astley’s former collegiate church and into beautiful internal courts formed by ruined spaces.

Come and explore the new accommodation hidden within the ruined walls and the new knot garden and find out more about its history through our footpath trails.

 

Friday 9 to Monday 12 September 2016 - 10am to 4pm
Tuesday 13 September 2016 - 10am to 1pm

 

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Freston Tower, near Ipswich

Friday 9th - Tuesday 13th September

 

This Elizabethan six-storey tower overlooks the estuary of the River Orwell. Freston Tower was built in 1578 by an Ipswich merchant called Thomas Gooding to demonstrate his wealth and status. It may also have acted as a lookout tower for Gooding's returning ships and doubled as a banqueting house, or simply as a folly.

Friday 9 to Monday 12 September 2016 - 10am to 4pm
Tuesday 13 September 2016 - 10am to 1pm

 

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The Grange & St. Edward's Presbytery, Ramsgate

Thursday 8th - Monday 12th September

 

 

We'll be opening both The Grange and St Edward's Presbytery in Ramsgate in association with Heritage Open Days.

The Grange was built by Augustus Pugin in 1845 and remained in the family until 1928. The building reflects Pugin's belief in the Gothic style as the only true Christian architecture and his ideal to live out his life in the Middle Ages. Pugin produced some of his finest work at The Grange including designs for the House of Lords.

This is the second time that the public will be able to see inside the newly restored St Edward’s Presbytery which was built by Augustus Welby Pugin in 1850, part of this great architect’s original conception for this  important Gothic revival site on the West Cliffs.

Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 September 2016 - 10am to 4pm
Monday 12 September 2016 - 10am to 1pm

 

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Wilmington Priory, Wilmington

Friday 9th - Monday 12th

 

 

Wilmington Priory, near Eastbourne, dates back to 1215. Alterations have taken place in almost every century since and the result is a complex puzzle to unravel; a medieval site with its fine vaulted entrance porch, stair turrets and mullioned window in the Great Chamber along with the comfort of the living rooms improved by the Georgians.

Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September 2016, 10am to 4pm

Monday 12 September 2016, 10am to 1pm

 

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Belmont, Lyme Regis

Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th September

 

 

This fine 18th-century maritime villa in Lyme Regis is listed Grade II* and once belonged to the remarkable businesswoman, Mrs Eleanor Coade who devised a formula to mass produce architectural embellishments. More recently Belmont was home to world-famous author, John Fowles, author of The Magus and The French Lieutenant's Woman

 

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2016 - 10am to 4pm

 

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Clavell Tower, Kimmeridge

Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th September

 

 

This four storey, circular tower stands high on the cliff above Kimmeridge Bay overlooking one of the most striking bays on the Dorset coast. Here is the Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site, and the South West Coastal Path runs past the door. Built in 1830 Clavell Tower's location has captivated many including writers like Hardy and PD James.

 

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2016 - 10am to 4pm

 

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The Ruin, Hackfall

Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th September

 

 

This little pavilion is dramatically perched above a steep wooded gorge, in the remnants of an outstanding 18th-century garden at Hackfall, conceived and created by the Aislabies. A richly decorated sitting-room opens onto a terrace and from under the ‘ruined’ arches miles of Yorkshire countryside roll out before you. The sitting-room is flanked by a bedroom and bathroom; flitting between the two wings across a moonlit terrace is a truly Gothic experience.

 

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2016 - 10am to 4pm

 

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The White House, Aston Munslow

Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th September

 

 

This house belonged to the Stedmans, who had lived here from soon after 1300 in a nearly unbroken line. Half is timber-framed and medieval; half has the more considered dimensions of a small 18th-century house such as a Jane Austen heroine might have inhabited. It stands on the south side of Wenlock Edge, and the garden runs down the hill in front, with long views of Corvedale towards Ludlow, capital of the Marches.

Historical Interpreter Kathy Hipperson will be in residence all weekend in our kitchen preparing a range of seasonal Victorian dishes. Come along and find out more about rural life in this idyllic setting.

The museum rooms will also be open with their displays of traditional farm tools, machinery and domestic wares.

 

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2016 - 10am to 4pm

 

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Peake's House, Colchester

Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th September

 

 

Peake's House stands in the Dutch Quarter, which has retained its old street plan. Originally three cottages and with Colchester being a centre of the cloth trade, they probably belonged to weavers, the long mullioned windows designed to give light to the men at their looms.

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2016 - 10am to 4pm

 

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Old Warden Landmarks

Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th September

 

For the first time we will be opening all three properties in Old Warden to the public this weekend. Giving visitors the chance to look around three very different styles of buildings whilst also enjoying a walk through the woodland and village of Old Warden and a chance to stop off at Warden Abbey Vineyard to sample their British wines (vineyard only open on the Sunday).

 

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 10am to 4pm
Queen Anne's Summerhouse is also open on Monday 12 September - 10am to 1pm

 

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Gothic Temple, Stowe

Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 September

 

 

The Gothic Temple is a splendid, historic folly built in the gardens at Stowe in 1741. Inside the rooms are all circular with the main vault of the central space painted with heraldry and to be on the first floor gallery is an important architectural experience.

National Trust tickets are required for entry to Stowe gardens, and prices are as follows:

Adult: £12.50  Child: £6.20  Under 5s: free

Family (two adults, three children): £31.00 Family (one adult, three children): £18.60

 

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2016 - 10.30am-4pm

 

 

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