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by Simone Ribeiro (subscribe)
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A list of historic sites around West Midlands


From 8 to 11 September, special National Trust places across the country will once again be throwing open their doors to celebrate Heritage Open Days.

This annual festival celebrates the country's diverse history, architecture and culture offering people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences. And the best news is it's for free.

No excuses for not taking your family out to places around West Midland with easy access by train or car.

Croft Castle, Herefordshire

Battle of Mortimer's Cross, 10 11 September, 10am 7pm

Head down to Croft Castle for a weekend of living history. See hundreds of demonstrators bring to life one of the most significant battles of the Wars of the Roses, with gunpowder, archery, and swordfights. See the Yorkist and Lancastrian camps in situ, depicting civilian and soldier life with crafts, cooking, period costume, weaponry, dancing, battles and music displays throughout the weekend.

Please note: Battle of Mortimer's Cross event will run from 10am to 5pm. Castle and shop open at 11am. Last entry into castle is 4.30pm.

Price: Free opening on 10 September, normal admission applies on other days.



Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Heritage Open Day, 10 September, 11am 5pm

Take a closer look at the life of Duchess Evelyn, the "Last Lady of Hardwick". Her newly restored bedroom completes the family rooms on the middle floor. You can discover more about the life of a duchess, her pioneering conservation work and the dramatic landscape in the East Court. Enjoy long countryside walks through the wider estate, check out the woodland family play trails and sample delicious seasonal treats in the restaurant.

Price: Free opening on 10 September, normal admission applies on other days



Steam Yacht Gondola, Lake District

Heritage Open Day: Gondola 'Behind the Scenes', 10 September, 5pm 6.30pm

Hop on board this rebuilt steam-powered yacht to learn more about luxury travel of the Victorian ages. Have a cosy chat with the crew and quiz the boat's engineer on its workings. With seldom seen archive material on display for one day only, it's the perfect chance to delve into the history of this unique boat.

Price: Free opening on 10 September, normal admission applies on other days



Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire

Heritage Open Day, 10 September, 11am 4.30pm

Baddesley Clinton was the home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. Much of the house you see today was built by Henry Ferrers, a lawyer, diarist and antiquarian, in the late 1500s. The house was a sanctuary, not only for the Ferrers family, but also for the persecuted Catholics who were hidden from priest hunters in its secret hiding places during the 1590s. Start your visit with an introductory talk at the front of the house (last entrance to the house is 16:30) to find out more about the fascinating and unexpected stories Baddesley Clinton has to offer.

Price: Free opening on 10 September, normal admission applies on other days
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