3rd September 2010

Heritage Open Days 9th - 12th September

Heritage Open Days 9th - 12th September

Shropshire is joining in the national Heritage Open Days this month with over 65 free events and attractions for visitors. Many of the locations are normally inaccessible or make a charge to visit.

You can download the full Shropshire programme at http://www.discovershropshire.org.uk/ - why not print off a copy and display with your visitor information?

Not all attractions are open every day during Heritage Open Days so please do check the programme before visiting or recommending a visit to your guests.

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 – a behind the scenes tour of one of Britain’s best independent wine merchants (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 Shrewsbury 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 Working 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 http://www.discovershropshire.org.uk/. For more information visit http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

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