Heritage Open Days 2016
On 8th-11th September, hundreds of the country’s best loved attractions open their doors for a special free weekend of celebrating English architecture, history and culture.
With so many unique heritage sites and attractions to it’s name, there will be lots to see and do in Nottinghamshire. Here’s some of our favourite places to explore.
In Nottingham city centre, learn about Nottingham’s lace making past with hands on workshops at the Debbie Bryan studio, and take in panoramic views of the city after climbing the tower at St Mary’s Church.
Take a self guided tour of the the secret Bromley House Library, hidden in a grade II listed Georgian town house just off the Old Market Square
Over at Nottingham Castle, you’ll be able to meet Robin Hood and other costumed characters in the ducal mansion and castle grounds or you can take a free guided tour of High Pavement and the Edwardian Police Station with the Galleries of Justice Museum.
Explore the recently renovated lower floors of the Malt Cross Victorian music hall, as well as the underground cave network that lies underneath the building.
Get outdoors at St Anne’s Allotments, the oldest and largest detached town gardens in Britain and in nearby Sneinton, you’ll be able to visit the house where William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army was born.
Before you go, Green’s Windmill, will be putting on a special exhibition detailing the mill’s history with hidden gems from their archives on show.
Outside of the city in historic Southwell, follow in the footsteps of the Victorian poor as they sought refuge at The Workhouse and take in fabulous architecture inside and out of Southwell Minster and Archbishops Palace.
In leafy Wollaton, discover the people, companies and industries that made Nottingham famous around the world at the Nottingham Industrial Museum.
In Welbeck, Harley Gallery will be hosting a celebratory evening in the RIBA East Midlands Building of the Year, The Portland Collection.
If it’s impressive buildings that you’re looking for, head to Newstead Abbey, the spectacular ancestral home of romantic poet Lord Byron, with it’s rolling grounds and stunning gardens.
At Hucknall’s St Mary Magdalene’s Church – resting place of Lord Byron and his daughter Ada Lovelace – there will be the chance to try church bell-ringing and see the bells in action.
You can find a full list of events for Heritage Open Day in Nottinghamshire on our website.