Hidden gems and family favourites across Shropshire will open free as part of Britain’s annual Heritage Open Days, a four day celebration of heritage and architecture this September.
On offer will be everything from Darwin’s Shrewsbury home to a behind the scenes look at the real life location for hit TV show ‘Victorian Farm’ as well as a tour of what was once one of Britain’s most productive lead mines.
From the 9th – 12th September buildings across the UK that are usually closed to the public or charge for admission will throw open their doors in a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy special tours and events.
This autumn, Shropshire has lined-up a host of 65 activities and special openings all aimed at bringing history to life.
Among the county’s highlights are:
Darwin’s Shrewsbury – a guided tour that includes a visit into Darwin’s Shrewsbury home. (Advance booking required).
Tanners Wines, Shrewsbury - behind the scenes tour of one of Britain’s best independent wine merchants whose historic Shrewsbury buildings are so carefully preserved they were used as a setting for classic movie ‘A Christmas Carol’ with George C. Scott (Advance booking required).
Snailbeach Mine, Minsterley – the biggest and richest former lead mine in the Shropshire orefield will host surface and underground tours. Access to the buildings and surface area is free, charge for underground tour.
Oswestry’s Railway Heritage – find out more by visiting various railway sites in and around the town such as the Cambrian Railway station, Llynclys Station and the Tanat Valley Railway.
Archive Film Screenings, The Guildhall, Oswestry – an entertaining evening of archive films, featuring John Powell's collection 'Oswestry In War Time' and rare short films, 'Britain at Bay', from the British Film Institute National archives.
Shrewsbury Carriage Parade - a parade of around 20 horse drawn carriages, both historic and modern, recalls Shrewbsury 18th century coaching heyday.
Stokesay Court - the beautiful grounds and Victorian house appeared in the hit movie 'Atonement' (grounds free, charge for pre-booked house tour)
Acton Scott Historic Wokring Farm, Church Stretton - enjoy the experience of life on a Shropshire hill farm at the turn of the 20th century, as seen on BBC2's 'Victorian Farm' and Ben Fogle's 'Escape in Time'.
There are plenty more events besides and full details of all Shropshire Heritage Open Days can be found in the on-line guide at www.discovershropshire.org.uk
Some events need to be pre-booked so download your copy now and plan a great weekend exploring secret Shropshire!
The national website for Heritage Open Days (Shropshire listings) is at www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/county/Shropshire which includes details of places to visit in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
The event is co-ordinated by English Heritage.
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