Explore Rugby’s rich history during Heritage Open Days

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Iconic buildings in Rugby open to the public in September to celebrate Heritage Open Days.

The national celebration of architecture and culture runs from Thursday September 12 to Sunday September 15.

A host of historic and iconic buildings in Rugby open to the public for free during the event, with guided tours, exhibitions and talks all on offer.

A tour of Brownsover Hall Hotel on the Sunday gives visitors the chance to explore the grounds of the Victorian estate and visit the former office of Sir Frank Whittle, the inventor of the jet engine.

Tours of the Cemex Rugby Cement Plant take place on the Thursday and Friday, complete with presentations and films on the making of cement.

And the Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Tony Gillias, throws open the doors of the Mayor’s Parlour at the Town Hall on the Friday, with visitors able to meet the Mayor and take a tour of the Council Chamber.

A number of churches in the borough offer tours during Heritage Open Days, including the Church of The Ascension, in Clifton Road, St Andrew’s in the town centre, and St Botolph’s in Newbold.

The Masonic Hall, in Elsee Road, opens to the public during the event, while free tours also take place at Ryton Gardens, Coombe Abbey Country Park, and Draycote Water.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for economy, development and culture, said Heritage Open Days was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Rugby’s history and culture.

“Many of the buildings involved in Heritage Open Days remain closed to the public the rest of the year or charge for admission,” Cllr Timms added.

“It’s a great chance to celebrate the town’s history and explore many of its most iconic buildings.”

Rugby Visitor Centre has organised the town’s Heritage Open Days. A leaflet detailing all the events can be picked up from the centre, based at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum. With limited places available on all tours, booking is essential. Places can be booked at the Visitor Centre or by calling (01788) 533217.

A copy of the Heritage Open Days leaflet can be downloaded at www.enjoyrugby.co.uk/site/scripts/documents.php?categoryID=4