Opening up our heritage

Coombe Abbey
Coombe Abbey
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There’s a chance to get a glimpse of some of the Rugby area’s finest culture as part of the Heritage Open Days celebration.

The national celebration of architecture and culture runs from Thursday, September 11 -14.

Guided tours of Coombe Abbey Country Park take place on the Saturday, while on the Sunday Coombe Abbey Hotel, originally a Cistercian abbey built in the 12th century, invites visitors to free Medieval taster banquets.

A guided tour of Draycote Water on the Friday reveals the history of the reservoir and country park, while visitors to Rose Narrowboats, on the Fosse Way, can enjoy a free boat trip and learn about the history of canals on the Sunday.

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

And the Arnold House and Masonic Buildings, in Elsee Road, is open to the public on the Thursday, Friday and Sunday, offering the opportunity to visit the Masonic Temple, which houses one of the oldest pipe organs in Warwickshire.

A Midland Red bus from the 1960s will be parked outside Rugby library and art gallery on the Friday.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for culture, said: “Many of the buildings involved in our Heritage Open Days remain closed to the public the rest of the year or charge for admission.

“The event’s a great opportunity to find out more about Rugby’s history and explore many of the town’s most iconic buildings and places.”

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