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Heritage Open Days 2019: What’s On in Coventry, Sept 13-22

A sculptural walking tour. Credit-Mark-Webster-Photography

Interested in going on a backstage theatre tour or behind-the-scenes at BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio station?

These are just two of the many free local guided tours running on Heritage Open Days in-and-around Coventry between Friday September 13 and Sunday September 22.

This month iconic buildings, art galleries, museums and stately homes across the country will be throwing open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – for FREE.

Credit, Heritage Open Days - Chris Lacey

Journalism and media students, in particular, may be interested in meeting regional radio presenters, reporters, newsreaders and producers and seeing how programmes are put together at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire between Thur Sept 19 and Sat Sept 21. Go here for tour times and booking details.

Anyone who’s a fan of live theatre, acting and drama, can book in advance to go backstage for a behind-the-scenes tour at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre at either 11am or 2pm on Fr Sept 20. 

Belgrade Theatre, credit Coventry City Council

Design, engineering or automotive students who’d like to discover more about Coventry’s engineering heritage as centre of the British car industry and the birthplace of the bicycle, can visit Coventry Transport Museum on Sat Sept 14 and Sun Sept 15 as its offering free admission for all.

Intrigued by old buildings with a mysterious history? Don’t miss your free opportunity to go on one of the Herbert Undercroft Tours to see one of Coventry’s oldest cellars - a secret Medieval Undercroft which once belonged to a rich cloth merchant. If you are a wheelchair user or have mobility concerns you’re welcome to discuss options in advance for accessing the space. 

Herbert Undercroft Tours, credit The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Quirky Coventry theatre company Talking Birds is taking visitors on an immersive walking tour of Stoke, where you can tune into to the stories of past and present via headphones, led by an actor-guide. See Walk With Me #2 by Talking Birds.

Credit, Talking Birds

If you’re happy to travel slightly further afield and like looking round big houses, you can visit a range of National Trust properties for free (normally admission charges start at £13.50 for an adult), including:

Credit Graham Quinton-Tulloch, The National Trust

Credit The National Trust

To check out the full programme of events across Coventry, Warwickshire, Birmingham and the rest of England see here