Heritage Open Days 2019 in Reading

13-22 September 2019


25Anniversary Colour 2000pxAs part of the 25th anniversary of the annual celebration of the nation’s heritage, Heritage Open Days 2019, over 40 Reading venues will be throwing open their doors to showcase the rich history and heritage of our area.





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Historic locations will be opening their doors for a series of tours, walks, talks and special events as part of England’s biggest heritage festival and this year, the festival runs for 10 consecutive days, from 13-22 September.

This once-a year opportunity allows you to discover Reading’s hidden and forgotten treasures with all the heritage buildings FREE to explore.

Have you seen behind the scenes at the Hexagon, wondered what the cells are like at the Crown Court or Jane Austenwalked past Junction Arch at Cemetery Junction and wondered what was inside? Heritage Open Days offers a unique opportunity to see inside many wonderful buildings not usually open to the public.

Reading has historic links with important historical figures such as Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen - see inside the Abbey Gateway - Jane Austen’s former school; take the Oscar Wilde walk through the Abbey Quarter to an exhibition by local artists inspired by Wilde’s ‘Ballad of Reading Gaol’; learn more about the buildings that some of Britain’s most famous Victorian architects designed on a guided walk.

Let local experts guide you round some of Reading’s historic areas – learn about Caversham Road’s VictorianDSCN8934 Simonds Brewery stables townscape; take a tour of industrial Reading and Georgian Reading or see what the future has in store for Reading’s skyline in the next few years; Sonning’s architectural heritage is one of the area’s gems and can be explored on a guided walk. Ever been inside the University of Reading’s historic London Road campus? Why not take the opportunity on a tour or find out all about Katesgrove through the Museum of Reading’s collections?

Reading has many historic places of religious worship that offer special events; Greyfriars is the most complete example of Franciscan architecture in Britain, St James’s Church was Pugin’s first church design or visit Reading Synogogue designed in a Moorish style.

Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director of Reading UK comments:  “For the 25th anniversary of Heritage Open Days, we have more Reading history on show than ever before. Reading’s rich history stretches back to medieval times and this festival offers the chance to explore more than 900 years of history, from the Abbey ‘s foundation to the future heritage of our city, over 10 days, and all the events are free to attend.”

Reading UK has published a free map guide to Heritage Open Days in Reading which can be picked up from libraries and leisure centres or downloaded HERE

Full details of all the events/locations in Reading and throughout the UK can be found at www.heritageopendays.org.uk  


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