Upcoming heritage open days celebrating Swindon's rich history

By Jessica Durston - 27 July 2022

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This September, Swindonians will be invited into some of the town’s most interesting historic buildings free of charge.

From 9 - 18 September, the public will have the chance to take a look inside some of Swindon’s best buildings including the Engine House (home of Historic England), the Health Hydro, the Carriage Works and the Central Community Centre.

They will also get a chance to see some of the town's churches including St Mary’s Church at Lydiard and St Mark’s Church and the Pattern Church in the Railway Village, as well as pubs the Gluepot and the Baker’s in Emlyn Square.

Residents can also take a tour of the Railway Village Museum, Lydiard House Museum and Steam or ‘Go Wild’ at the Richard Jefferies Museum.

A council spokesperson said: "In Swindon we have some amazing heritage tour guides who are keen to share their knowledge about Swindon’s historic places and events.  Many of the buildings will offer a guided tour of the interior but you can also choose to take a guided walking tour of Stratton St Margaret, Prospect Place Conservation Area, the former GWR Factory (Designer Outlet) and the Railway Village."

To book tours and see dates and times check the Heritage Open Days website at www.heritageopendays.co.uk

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