COVENTRY’s historic Cathedral, St Mary’s Guildhall and Charterhouse Priory are among the big list of historic gems opening their doors for free as part of the Europe-wide Heritage Open Day.
Buildings that are never normally available to explore or charge for entry will be open for free from September 8-11 and the public is encouraged to discover the fantastic places of interest right on their doorsteps.
Venues will welcome visitors with set up tours, displays and much more to show just what a remarkable area/city this is.
Other venues taking part for the first time this year include the Severn Trent HQ and Coventry and Solihull Waste Disposal Ltd (The Tip), both of which have strictly limited access so tours have to be pre-booked.
Other new venues include Old Rotheram’s Watchmaking Factory (now IDP Architects), Coventry Canal Warehouse and Earlsdon Methodist Church, plus some old favourites such as Whitefriars and The Priory Undercroft are back for this year.
“The Heritage Open Days in the city give a fantastic insight into not only the history of the place but also some visions of the future,” said Councillor Abdul Khan, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Sport, Parks and Events.
“I would encourage everybody to find out more by taking a look at the website or picking up a booklet as soon as possible.
“We look forward to seeing lots of people enjoying the event over the next few days to celebrate the wonderful history of the city of Coventry.”
Coventry is taking part in the Heritage Open Day celebrations for the 22nd year and once again a free Heritage Bus will be running near to as many of the venues as possible across Saturday and Sunday.
Heritage Open Days programmes containing full details of the whole weekend are available from the main Council House, the Tourist Information Office, all city libraries and any of the venues taking part.
Further information is also available at www.coventry.gov.uk/hod.