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City’s historic gems open doors to visitors

Published on Monday, September 5, 2016

HISTORIC buildings across Leicester will open their doors to visitors as part of a national campaign to highlight the nation’s heritage.

Dozens of heritage buildings and other historic sites throughout Leicester, some of which are not normally open to the public, will be taking part in the annual Heritage Open Days event, which takes place from Thursday, September 8, to Sunday, September 11.

Venues taking part include museums, places of worship, historic cemeteries, theatres and other landmark city buildings.

Events will include walking tours, talks and guided visits behind the scenes beyond the areas normally open to the public.

The full programme of Heritage Open Days is available from Visit Leicester in Gallowtree Gate, as well as libraries and customer service centres.

Details of each of the events, along with times and booking arrangements are also available at

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Leicester is full of historical gems which all too often are unseen by visitors to the city. Heritage Open Days are a great chance to go behind the scenes and see behind the doors of buildings which aren’t usually open to the public.

“Places like the medieval Magazine Gateway building and the Edwardian-era Stoneygate Tram Depot are all stunning buildings worth exploring, and this is a wonderful opportunity to be guided around these fascinating sites and find out more about their history."

All events are free, and many participating venues provide activities for children and families as well.

A complete list of all participating venues in Leicester and nationally can be viewed at