Heritage Days Arrive

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From about the 9th of September (depending on where you live) heritage sites will be open up and down our countries. This is the time of the year when our heritage sites are often free to the public along with council buildings and places normally closed for the rest of the year. At least 3,000 events are scheduled
Ireland has recently had it’s week. Now it is the time for England, Scotland and Wales to celebrate this pan-European achievement. Your local library or newspaper will have a list of what is open in your area.
There are too many for us to list in the events part of CD-Traveller but here are a few from around the country. In the Borders, Neidpath Castle is open on the 12/13 September and in Scotland, the whole of September is given over to Scottish Archaeology Month. Buildings like Ettrick Mill in Selkirk which is now used for offices will be open for viewing. The Masonic Hall in Cardiff will be open on all Sundays in September. Some councils will have banners on buildings not normally open so that you can see what is available. In Shropshire there will be 65 activities arranged including a visit around Tanners Wines in Shrewsbury where the buildings are preserved. Shrewsbury will also have a carriage parade with about 20 horse-drawn vehicles recalling how important the town was as a coaching stop. How about Cambridge’s Ascension Burial Ground as somewhere slightly different? Or Waterbeach’s Waste Management Park?
This is the time to go and visit some of those buildings that you’ve wondered about because they are hardly open to the public and certainly not free.
Some guided tours need booking in advance. Others you can just turn up on the day
Apart from your local information sources, you can find more, for England, at least, at www.heritageopendays.org.uk. For Wales go to www.civictrustwales.org and for Scotland, www.scottishcivictrust.org. London has its own event on the 18th and 19th September, which you can find at www.londonopenhouse.org.

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