Heritage Open Days in Dorset 2015

This coming weekend, 10-14th September 2015, is the annual event described by the collective of organisers as a celebration “of our fantastic history, architecture and culture, offering people the chance to see hidden places.”

Below I have picked out some of the highlights from Dorset (that as of 9th September are not fully booked!):

Mapperton House

Beaminster, Dorset, DT8 3NR


Tudor/Jacobean manor house with church and stables. Tours last approx 1 hour and include rooms and items not usually seen.

Thursday 10 September: Tour 1100 & 1200



Sherborne Abbey: Tower Tour

Sherborne Abbey, The Parish Office, 3 Abbey Close, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3LQ


The tower of Sherborne Abbey is not normally open to the public, but will be open to guided parties for HODs. Tours will last 75 minutes and involve climbing nearly 150 steps. Guides will explain history and structure, and bell ringing. There will also be tours of the Abbey at ground level on Thursday & Friday at 1030 & 1430, and on Saturday at 1430 only. Please note The Tower Tours must be pre-booked but the Abbey tours are open. Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Thursday 10 September: 1000-1600 (Abbey open to 1800)

Friday 11 September: 1000-1600 (Abbey open to 1800)

Saturday 12 September: 1300-1600 (major function in morning)



Lulworth Castle

East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QS


Walk in the footsteps of Kings and Queens as you explore the 17th Century Castle. Discover the stunning landscapes, beautiful 18th Century Roman Catholic Chapel and unrivalled views from the Castle tower. Enjoy the woodland walks and children’s playground.
Children can Hunt the Bat in the Castle and Hunt the Squirrel in the Park.

Thursday 10 September: 1030-1700

Friday 11 September: 1030-1700



The Priest’s House Museum & Garden

High Street, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1HR


The Priest’s House Museum & Garden is located in the heart of the beautiful market town of Wimborne. Discover our stunning Roman wall paintings, the fascinating childhood gallery and a unique Victorian Valentine card collection as the museum tells the story of East Dorset. Explore period rooms from a 17th century hall to the working Victorian kitchen, finding out how life and work has changed in this historic townhouse. Wander through a beautiful walled garden, which features old varieties of fruit trees and colourful herbaceous borders, views of which can be savoured from the Garden Tea Room.

Saturday 12 September: 1000-1630

Sunday 13 September: 1000-1630



Tudor House, Weymouth

3 Trinity St, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8TW


A merchant house dating from 1600 containing 17th century artifacts. A guided tour of approximately 45 minutes. Donations gratefully received.

Thursday 10 September: 1300-1600

Friday 11 September: 1300-1600



Tour of the Town Cellars Building, Poole

High Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BW

poole history centre

The Town Cellars on Poole Quay is a building first constructed circa 1300. In the late 18th Century Thames St was cut through the building and today it forms part of Poole Museum to the East and the King Charles Pub to the West. Please note that this is not an underground tour.

Saturday 12 September: Tours 1400, 1500, 1600




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