Get Ready for Heritage Open Days 2010

This entry was posted on 29th August 2010

Heritage Open Days

We at Controliss appreciate England's significant architectural history; that's why we're pumped to find out that Heritage Open Days 2010 are set on September 9-12. If you'd like to take a peek at wonderful properties that are usually not open to the public, mark these dates in your calendar. You can now discover for yourself these architectural wonders without having to shell out cash for the entrance fees. Founded in 1994, Heritage Open Days are organised by local volunteers, property owners or managers in cooperation with English Heritage. They hold tours and other events that focus on England’s culture and local architecture. Heritage Open Days are very popular in England. Just this year, the organisers are estimating that they’ll be welcoming about 1 million visitors. From September 9 to 12, you can explore hidden architectural delights in various English cities, towns, and villages. All these for free! This year, Heritage Open Days will cater to military history enthusiasts, romantics, and environmentalists.

A Glorious Past

Known as the Battle of Britain Command centre, the Bentley Priory in Stanmore, Hertfordshire has opened its doors after 70 years of being a Royal Air Force base. You can also visit the World War II Beacon Hill Radar Tower in Harwich, Essex and the Royal Air Force College in Cranwell, Lincolnshire. If you’re into classical architecture, check out the domed vault of the 18th century ironstone Gothic Temple at Stowe, Buckinghamshire. From this temple, enjoy breathtaking views of the Stowe Landscape Gardens. Another great example of the Gothic Revival style is The Grange in Ramsgate, Kent. Built in 1845, it was the former home of Houses of Parliament architect Augustus Pugin.

Romantic Getaway

If you’re in love and in the mood for some romance, head on to No. 3 Alexandra Gardens in Ventnor, Isle of Wight. Distinguished composer Edward Elgar honeymooned in this elegant Victorian villa that overlooks the Isle’s south coast. Jane Eyre fans can journey to the Peak District National Park where they will find the Elizabethan North Lees Hall. Charlotte Bronte was reportedly inspired by this Hall when she described Mr. Rochester’s Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre. Speaking of Janes, the former home of Jane Austen’s brother Chawton House in Hampshire is also part of Heritage Open Days.

Modern Architecture

Technology buffs and environmentalists alike will enjoy touring the Aardman Animation headquarters in Bristol. This sustainable building is the home of the force behind Wallace and Gromit. You can also visit the glass-encased office block designed by Norman Foster. Marvel at this kidney-shaped Willis Building in Ipswich, Suffolk which is guaranteed to evoke the admiration of modern design enthusiasts. Relive the 1970s with the Anderton House in Barnstaple, Devon. If you want more modern design structures, Bristol offers Basil Ward’s The Concrete House which was built in 1934.

European Heritage Days

Heritage Open Days is England’s participation to the European Heritage Days. Today, about 49 countries participate in this memorable event. The United Kingdom holds four European Heritage Days, including Open House London, Scotland’s Doors Open Days, Open Doors Days in Wales and European Heritage Days in Northern Ireland.

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