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FOR four days only, Heritage Open Days celebrates England's architecture, history and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee...

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FOR four days only, Heritage Open Days celebrates Englands architecture, history and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee. Last year the event attracted around 1 million visitors and Hertfordshire is playing its part from September 8 to 11 by opening up many of its historical gems.



CHURCHES


8th-9th Holy Rood Catholic Church, Watford, 8am-noon, 1pm-6pm. Tours Thu 2.30pm, Fri 10am, pre-book 01923 232297



8th-11th St Marys, Watford, 9am-4pm, tower tours Sat and Sun


8th-11th Highlights tours of St Albans Cathedral, 1.05pm each day


9th-10th Beechen Grove Baptist, Watford, 10am-2.30pm, talks at 11.30am and 1.30pm each day


10th Leaside Church, Ware, 10am-5pm


10th Explore the exterior of St Albans Cathedral, tour 2.30-3.30pm


10th St Michael and All Angels, Watford, 9am-5pm


10th-11th St Albans Cathedral fun family trail, Sat 11am-3.30pm, Sun 1-4pm


10th-11th St Albans Cathedral tower tours, Sat 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm; Sun 1.30pm, 2.45pm, 4pm.


10th-11th Dagnall Street Baptist, St Albans, Sat 10am- 5pm, Sun 2-5pm


10th-11th St Mary Magdalenes, Caldecote, noon-4pm


10th-11th St Leonards, Bengeo, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm


10th-11th St Marys, Shephall, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12.30-6pm


10th-11th St Marys, Ware, 9am-5pm


11th St Michael and All Angels, Sunnyside, Berkhamsted, 2-4pm


11th St John the Evangelists, Bourne End, 2.30-4pm


11th St Peters and the Court House, Berkhamsted, tour 3pm


11th St Marys, Northchurch, Berkhamsted, 2-4.30pm, tours 2.30pm and 3.30pm


11th Discover the medieval wall paintings at St Albans Cathedral, tour 3-4pm



HISTORIC BUILDINGS


8th The Colosseum, Watford, 2-8pm


8th The National Film & Television Archive, Kingshill, tours 10.30, 11.30am. Pre-booking required 01442 865158


8th-11 th Hertfordshire Green Awards 2010, Best Environmental Household, 16 Carleton Rise, Welwyn, Thu/Fri 6.30-8pm, Sat/Sun 11am-5pm. Pre-book 01438 712398


9th Watford Football Club, tour 10.30am. Pre-book 01923 232297


9th Watford Town Hall Chambers, tours 2pm and 6pm. Pre-book 01923 232297


10th Hertford Quaker Meeting House, Hertford, 10am-5pm


10th Bedford Almshouses, Watford, 1-4pm


10th Former police station Henry Smith House, Watford, 1.30-4.30pm


10th Former Peace Memorial Hospice at The Peace Hospice, Watford, 10am-1pm


10th Letchworth Settlement arts and crafts style building, Letchworth, 10am-4pm


10th-11th Rye House Gatehouse, Hoddesdon, a medieval moated site, 11am-4pm


10th-11th The art deco Broadway Cinema, Letchworth, Sat 10am-3pm, Sun 11am-3pm. Pre-book 01462 476057


10th-11th Explore the underground passages at Scotts Grotto, Ware, 2-5pm


10th-11th Amwell House, Ware, former home of Quaker poet John Scott, 10am-3pm


10th-11th Visit the 13th century Place House, Ware, Sat 11.30am-5pm, fete 11.30am-2.30pm, talk 3.30pm, Sun 11.30am-3.30pm


10th-11th Ware Priory, Sat tour at 11am, Sun 3-5pm, band concert in the grounds


11th Berkhamsted Town Hall, Victorian Gothic market house and town hall, 10.15am-1.30pm, tour 11.30am


11th Visit the former Foundling Hospital and its crypt, Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted, 1-5.50pm. Tours 1.30 & 3.45. Pre-book 01442 865158.


11th Claire Lloyd Properties, 13th century timber framed building, High Street, Berkhamsted, 10.30am- 4pm with regular tours


11th The Old Hall and Chapel, Berkhamsted, tours 10.30am and 2.30pm


11th The 14th Century Abbey Gateway, St Albans, tours 10am-3.30pm, every half hour



MUSEUMS


8th-10th Watford Museum, 10am-5pm plus Sat 6-9pm


10th-11th British Schools Museum, Hitchin, Sat 10am-2pm, Sun 1pm-5pm


10th-11th First Garden City Heritage Museum, Letchworth, 10am- 5pm


10th-11th Ware Museum, Priory Lodge, Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm


11th Behind the scenes at Mill Green Mill and Museum, Hatfield, 2-4pm



WALKS/TALKS


10th Successes, Failures and Lessons Learnt: Civic Society 50th Anniversary Walk, 2pm


10th Tring Town Trail, meet at Tring Local History Museum 2.30pm


11th Tring Park Walk, meet at Natural History Museum 2.30pm


11th West Watford Local History Group guided walk, meet Travel Lodge 11am. Pre-book 01923 232297



DEMONSTRATIONS/EXHIBITIONS


8th-11th Historic Buildings of Watford, Watford Central Library, Thu 9am-7pm, Fri 2-7pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 1-5pm


10th-11th Signalling demonstrations, videos, model Railway, St Albans South Signal Box, 10am-4pm


10th-11th The Independent Chapel, St Albans, exhibition, Sat noon-5pm, Sun 2-5pm, talk at 4pm each day



ESTATES/CASTLES


10th Ashridge Estate and the Bridgewater Monument, estate visitor centre, Berkhamsted, noon-4.15pm


11th Guided tours of Berkhamsted Castle, a motte and bailey Norman castle. Tours 10.30am, 12.30pm and 3pm


11th Hertford Castle, Hertford, with quiz trails and family fun, noon-4pm



DONT MISS


St Albans Giant Monopoly, Old Town Hall, St Albans. A game of giant monopoly across St Albans city centre and Verulamium Park. Visit some of St Albans's heritage sites by selecting one of two possible routes: 2.5 or 4.5 miles. Suitable for participants of all ages and abilities. Fun activities at checkpoints on all routes in sports, music and games. Meet outside BHS on St Peter's Street, September 11, 11am-5pm, pre-booking available but not essential, 01727 827667.


Editors note: Listings are provided by English Heritage and include only those that have registered with them. See www.heritageopendays.org.uk for further details of events in Hertfordshire and the rest of the UK



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