Published Tuesday, 08 September 2020

Coventry is taking part in the national Heritage Open Days festival for the 26th year running this September.

Heritage open days

The festival, which runs from the 11 to 20 September, will be taking place despite the ongoing pandemic situation with venues taking part being mindful of government guidelines and using different methods to showcase the treasures we have. 

We are lucky enough to have some venues that can still physically admit visitors such as Bagot’s Castle and Coombe Country Park (parking charges apply) but also have venues that have moved to a digital format to showcase Coventry’s heritage. All these events are free! 

Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council and Cabinet Member for events said, “I’m delighted Coventry’s Heritage Open Days are able to go ahead this year. Venues have had to think creatively and be aware of the latest guidelines to keep visitors safe but we have still managed to create an interesting showcase both digitally and physically with tours and some venues open. I hope you can find something of interest and be amazed at the treasures we have in the city” 

Pre-booked tours are taking place during the festival. Walking tours include a Coventry tour, Literary tour and Medieval tour starting from the Council House and Historic Coventry Trust have organised fascinating “Hard Hat” tours in their buildings undergoing restoration work. Drapers Hall, Swanswell Gate, Charterhouse and the Anglican Chapel at London Rd Cemetery are all involved. 

Coventry Transport Museum is taking part showcasing the largest collection of British Road Transport in the world. All for free!  

The beautiful St John the Baptist Church in Fleet St is open for visitors and 30 minute tours will be available. Also, the unique Phil Silvers Archival Museum in FARGO Village, Far Gosford St will be open across all the days and will have tours available. Coventry Watch Museum in Spon St also opens its doors on selected days and all of these venues will be adhering to COVID-19 distancing guidelines as specified at the times of opening. 

Digital content includes virtual tours of St Mary’s Guildhall, The Herbert Undercroft, Coventry Archives and the Gurdwara Guru Nanek Prakash where you can learn more about a Gurdwara and it’s role in the city. 

On Friday 11th September there is also a very special live streaming event celebrating Dame Goodyver’s Day, a traditional feast day given by the Guild of Cappers and Felt Makers many centuries ago, and now celebrated by The Godiva Trust. For full information, visit their website. 

For full information on Coventry’s Heritage Open Days 2020 visit the Heritage Open Days website.

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