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Second weekend of Heritage Open Day events

Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Statue head in Belgrave Hall and Gardens

HISTORIC sites and buildings across the city are opening their doors to visitors for the second weekend of Heritage Open Days.

The event will see scores of buildings which are not normally accessible to the public opened to allow visitors behind the scenes, with guided tours and talks at some of the city’s best known landmarks.

The weekend of events runs from Thursday, September 13, to Sunday, September 16.

Central Baptist Church and the William Carey Museum, the LCB Depot, Maker’s Yard will be among the places open their doors to visitors, along with Winstanley House, Leicester Synagogue, Leicester Print Workshop and the City Rooms among others.

Visitors will also be able to explore behind the scenes at De Montfort Hall, Abbey Pumping Station’s museum transport sheds, Stoneygate Tram Depot, the Glenfield Railway Tunnel and Welford Road Cemetery.

A walking tour of Georgian Leicester, on Thursday, September 13, will give history buffs the chance to explore the city’s architectural heritage from the 18th century, led by experts from the newly-launched Leicester Georgian Interest Group.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The city has a fascinating history, and Heritage Open Days are the ideal chance for people to find out more, either on the guided tours or simply by exploring these wonderful buildings for themselves.”

Visitors can drop in to many events across the weekend, but others need to be booked in advance.

A brochure containing a full timetable of all Heritage Open Day events is available from Visit Leicester in Gallowtree Gate, as well as from museums, libraries and the city council’s Customer Service Centre in Granby Street.

Further details are also available at: www.heritageopendays.org.uk