Heritage Open Days – Your once a year chance to explore local landmarks for free.

From the 12th to the 15th September 2013 Heritage Open Days arrange for thousands of interesting buildings and gardens are open to the public for free.

The Heritage Open Days website has a fascinating list of options from the earliest surviving football grandstand in England which is in Great Yarmouth, to Wine tasting in a 13th Century Crypt in Chester.

Closer to home there are 30 venues open in the Cheltenham area, amongst them churches, synagogues, hospitals, colleages, theatres, museums and artists studios.

This is a chance to see, for free, private buildings and parts of public venues that are not normally open to the public. The everyman for example is doing a 40min tour taking in the auditorium and back stage.

There are 6 walks. Heather Atkinson is leading a walking tour through Cheltenham General Hospital giving a history of the buildings concentrating on its funding before the NHS. There is also a walk through the town centre celebrating the life and achievements of Cheltenhams Antartic explorer Edward Wilson.

Gloucestershire has 141 open venues. One of the more unusual ones is the Gloucester Spa Walk. In the early 1800′s it was not only Cheltenham that had a spa. Gloucester too had a thriving spa and the walk takes in some of the fine buildings that it generated.

The Heritage Open Days website is a tremendous resource. You can search for venues by date and by activity type and print out a useful sheet with all of the details.

We hope that some of our guests will be able to take advantage of this whilst they are staying with us. Shelley and Aidan are happy to advise the best places to visit to suit all tastes. Call 01242 515181 or click here to book.


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