Some of Exeter’s most fascinating buildings will open their doors to the public free of charge next week for Heritage Open Days.
Among those taking part are Exeter’s Guildhall, the Barnfield Theatre, Princesshay ,Tuckers Hall, 21 The Mint, various Red Coat Guided tours and Exeter’s Underground Passages. The event runs from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 September.
Many of the venues participating are not usually open to the public or otherwise charge an entry fee. This is a unique opportunity to explore these sometimes hidden, often curious, and always interesting places. This year 49 properties or events will be taking place throughout the city, with over 80 separate openings.
Councillor Rosie Denham, Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture at Exeter City Council, said: "This event appeals to residents and visitors alike, it is a great opportunity for people to explore the city’s rich heritage, and also get a chance to see behind the scenes in places they would not usually get access to."
Additional highlights this year include:
- A celebration of the 450th anniversary of Exeter Ship canal, including music from the Locked Horns, at the Transit shed on Sunday 11 September
- A behind-the-scenes guided tour of Exeter City Football Club, including a last opportunity to see the Stage Coach Stand before its potential development
- A guided tour of Exeter Livestock Centre during an actual market and auction
- An opportunity to tour behind the scenes of the Northcott Theatre before a performance of ‘ The Two Gentleman of Verona
For further information please visit or call Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets on 01392 665700.
Full listings, which include opening times, can be found at www.exeter.gov.uk/heritageopendays
The event in Exeter is co-ordinated by Exeter City Council’s Events, Facilities and Markets Unit and nationally by the Heritage Open Days National Partnership.