15 Aug 2013
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Several World Heritage Sites in England are taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days (12-15 September 2013), a four-day celebration of England’s architecture and culture that offers free access to places usually closed to the public or that normally charge for admission.

Click on the links below for full details of times and locations and how to book (where required). Visit the Heritage Open Days website for more information about this annual initiative.

Canterbury: St Martin’s Church
Thursday 12 September: 11am – 4pm; Friday 13 September: 11am – 2pm; Saturday 14 September: 10am – 6pm; Sunday 15 September: 10am – 1pm
Part Roman, part Saxon, part medieval, St Martin is the oldest church in continuous use in the English-speaking world. Here St Augustine reintroduced Christianity to southern England in AD 597. The church is the seed from which both St Augustine's Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral grew.

City of Bath: Roman Baths – Tunnel Tours
Thursday 12 September: tour from 10am-11.30am and 3pm-4.30pm; Friday 13 September: tour from 10am-11.30am and 3pm-4.30pm
Go behind the scenes at the Roman Baths, Georgian vaults and the main museum store, which includes objects found in Bath from Roman times to the Victorian era.

Derwent Valley Mills
A full programme of varied tours, demonstrations and guided walks created by the Arkwright Society. Click on the link above for full details of times and locations.

Durham World Heritage Site – An Overview
Thursday 12 September: 1pm; Friday 13 September: 1pm; Saturday 14 September: 11am; Sunday 15 September: 11am
A guided walk around Palace Green with the World Heritage Site Co-ordinator, explaining the significance of the Durham World Heritage Site, and how the site evolved over time.

… plus Durham Castle Tours
Sunday 15 September: tours at 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm
Enjoy a tour of Durham Castle. This Grade I listed building dates from 1072 and was the residence of the Prince Bishops until 1832. It now houses University College.

Hidden History at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal
Saturday 14 September: 10am-5pm
A full day of activities including World Heritage Site Tour, tours of the abbey and garden, and an exhibition inspired by unusual buildings around Yorkshire and northern landscapes. Trails available at admissions for those who want to discover at their own pace.

Port of Liverpool Building (Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City)
Friday 13 September: 9am – 5pm
Tours of the Port of Liverpool Building, opened in 1907 and part of the designated World Heritage Site.