Posted 9th Sep 2015
From 10th-13th September, heritage sites across Britain are inviting you to visit and experience local history, culture and architecture. We've uncovered some of Britain's best heritage sites that you won't want to miss
Palace Green, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3RW
Durham Castle is a stunning Grade I listed building that dates back to 1072. Now it is home to a college of students as one of Britain's top universities. The Castle will be offering free tours for the public on Friday 11th September offering an insight into the history of Durham Castle. These tours require booking. You can book via Palace Green Library by calling 01913 342 932. On Sunday 13th September, Durham Castle will be open to the public with free admission. Staff will be on site to answer questions and visitors will be able to explore the castle at their own leisure. No booking is required for Sunday's event.
Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT
This year Ightham Mote is celebrating it's 30th anniversary of being donated to the National Trust (1985-2015). The beautiful house was built nearly 700 years ago in the 14th Century and has been owned by a myriad of interesting people, including medieval knights, Henry VIII and high society Victorians. It is surrounded by a moat, picturesque gardens and ancient woodlands and the house itself is rich with charming character. Explore the house, wander through the gardens and woodland walks, visit the gift shop and enjoy a cup of tea at the shop. There is no shortage of things to do or see at this spectacular house. It is open Saturday from 10am to 5pm and the house is open from 11am to 4.30pm. No booking is required.
Madron, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ
The National Trust invites you to visit Trengwainton Gardens for free on Sunday 13th September from 10.30am to 5pm. There will be a free guided tour at 11.30am or you are welcome to enjoy the gardens at your own leisure. Admire the beauty of the sea views from the terrace and examine the exotic plants. Wander through the winding woodland pathways and explore the kitchen garden designed with the dimensions of Noah's Ark. Relax at the tea room and sample some of the garden's produce or enjoy a picnic out on the grounds. These stunning gardens promise a great day out for all of the family. There are also children trails available. No booking is required.
Dyrham Park, Dyrham, Bath, Gloucestershire, SN14 8ER
Dyrham Park is a late 17th-century mansion, complete with gorgeous gardens and a deer park. It's an idyllic setting for a picturesque picnic with beautiful wild flower orchards and ponds. The National Trust property is great for the little ones too with a play area for children to explore and a great nature trail with up to 50 things to do, such as pond-dipping and bug-hunting. On Saturday 12th September, Dyrham Park will be offering free entry to visitors. No booking is required.
By Lily Waddell
Images courtesy of Marina Rule, Durham Event