The 15 unique historic buildings, churches and venues across Preston open to the public for free this month
The national Heritage Open Days will see 15 venues across the city come to life during September.
By Colin Ainscough
Monday, 9th September 2019, 7:03 am
Updated Monday, 9th September 2019, 8:03 am
Heritage Open Days
The volunteer run event is a once-a-year opportunity to explore some of the area's unique historic buildings, many of which are usually restricted or charge for entry. This year's event is taking place from Friday 13 to Sunday 22 September. Here are the venues which will be open to the public in Preston. Pre-booking is required for some of the tours and early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Further details about each venue can also be found on the Heritage Open Days website www.heritageopendays.org.uk
Ashlar House, 2 Saul Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2QU | Discover the history and role of masons in Preston.
Market Street West, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HB | This includes a guided tour of the theatre, including backstage and technical areas and see a stage set under construction.
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Fishergate, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8AP | Take the tour of this historic station at the heart of the north-west's railway lines.
Lancaster Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2RL | Visit the Council Chamber at the heart of the Town Hall and discover how local decisions are made there.
off Lune Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2NP | Tour the Grade II listed church which is the oldest surviving in Preston.
English Martyrs, Garstang Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 1NA | Tour the Grade II listed, Gothic-style church with an impressive high altar and sanctuary
Weston Street, off Pedder Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 2QE | Discover Preston's Grade I listed church - and the highest parish church spire in the UK.
Chapel Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8BU | Tour St Wilfrids a Grade II* listed Jesuit church.
Hurst Grange Park, Hill Road, Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 9XH | Tour remains of a once extensive complex of buildings including a 22 bedroomed house on a former private estate.
Kennington Primary School, Kennington Road, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 8ER | The bubble classroom was the first fully structural plastic building in Britain.
Fulwood Barracks, Watling Street Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 8AA | Tours of the usually inaccessible Fulwood Barracks
Tithebarn Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 1YT | The tour will visit areas not generally open to the public.
Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0SH | A great opportunity to find out more about the recent archaeological dig at Hoghton Tower, to enjoy short tasters of both the new Historic Graffiti tours and the Dolls House Collection.
Moor Park, off Blackpool Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 | Discover the refurbished observatory in Moor Park
Market Square, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2PP | Visit the Egyptian Balcony, right at the top of the Grade 1 listed Harris.