Historic sites across Northamptonshire open up

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Historic venues across the county will open up from next Thursday as this year’s Heritage Open Days weekend starts.

The four-day heritage event will celebrate the county’s architecture and culture by offering free access to many properties that are usually closed to the public or charge for admission.

Buildings of every age, style and function open their doors to the public each year, including town halls, churches, theatres, stately homes , temples and Quaker meeting houses. As well as having the opportunity to discover architectural gems, visitors can also enjoy bus trails, river trips, walks, talks and exhibitions.

Among the 23 events and openings in Northampton is a chance to look at one of the county’s most treasured churches.

The Churches Conservation Trust have invited the public to discover the 12th century architecture and features of St Peter’s Church, Marefair, Northampton, beside the buried remains of a Saxon palace. Special guided tours take place between 10am–4pm.

Other county highlights include Spratton village’s guided walk, St Mary’s Church in Rushden, and Rothwell Market House and Town Tour.

Heritage open days take place from Thursday, September 6 to Saturday, September 8. To find out more visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk