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Heritage Open Days 2017 reveal architectural and historic gems


Lancaster Royal Grammar School
Lancaster Royal Grammar School
Chris Satori


THE Lancaster district will be throwing open its doors again this year when local buildings of every age, style and function take part in the biggest free celebration of England's history, heritage and culture.

Taking place over the four days from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September, Heritage Open Days will see different openings, guided tours and events taking place giving local people and visitors the opportunity to explore some of the hidden gems in Lancaster and across Morecambe Bay and bring local history and culture to life.

In Lancaster, you’ll be able to enjoy a tour of the city’s town hall in Dalton Square, visit an exhibition on the history of the Assembly Rooms on King Street or uncover the secrets of Lancaster’s Lost Observatory in Williamson Park.

On the coast, you’ll get a rare chance to see inside Cockersand Abbey Chapter House and view civic regalia on a Morecambe Town Hall Tour.

Special openings which are new to the programme this year include Lancaster Royal Grammar School’s most historic grade II listed building, Old School House, which dates back to 1851.  Visitors will also be able to view an exhibition featuring some of our famous former including Sir Richard Owen, Lord Ashton, Henry Gregson and Herbert Storey amongst others. There will also be tours of the building.

Lancaster’s first railway station, Springville House, will also be open to visitors for the first time this year and the University of Cumbria and Carnforth Railway Station are also presenting previously unseen art and memorabilia from their archives and special collections.

Whatever your interests you are sure to find something in this year’s Heritage Open Day Programme that will open your eyes to the stunning heritage and culture that awaits you across the district. The best part is that admission to all buildings and attractions is free!

There are programmes for both Lancaster & Morecambe and you can download them at or alternatively visit Lancaster or Morecambe visitor information centres for printed copies.