The Ultimate Event for #Throwback Thursday Fans
Step through historic doors into some of Preston’s fascinating buildings during this year’s Heritage Open Days.
This is your chance to discover some of Preston’s intriguing buildings. Twenty-seven places across the city are opening for Heritage Open Days, eleven of which are owned by Preston City Council. Explore the city centre and beyond and discover new aspects of Preston’s heritage.
The city council is inviting residents and visitors for heritage walks around Avenham and Miller, Haslam and Moor Parks, visiting key features and telling the stories of their beginnings. Fishwick Bottoms is offering a “Rubbish History” tour, inviting you to discover the heritage underlying Fishwick Local Nature Reserve from the ice age to the Vikings; while Preston Cemetery boasts of a one-hour guided tour of the old cemetery visiting the graves of famous and infamous Prestonians.
The Harris offers a guided or virtual tour of its intriguing Grade I listed building, while Preston Markets invite you for a peek behind the hoarding, to reveal fascinating stories of the markets and the Grade II listed canopies built in 1875 and 1920.
Preston Dock and Riversway Control Centre offer a rare view inside the Dock control tower, and Town Hall invites you to meet the Mayor, and visit the Council Chamber at the heart of the Town Hall and discover how it works.
Finally, pop down to Winckley Square meet some of the former residents, join a guided tour or take a look at the Winckley Square Inside Out exhibition, organised by Groundwork and the Friends of Winckley Square Group.
Councillor Peter Kelly, Executive Member for culture and leisure services said,
“Heritage Open Days is an extremely popular, UK-wide heritage festival, and we are proud to continue to be part of Preston’s offer.
It’s a great chance to see behind the scenes of some of Preston’s most iconic buildings and spaces, and learn some of the stories that are part of the fabric of our city’s heritage. I’m looking forward to attending some of them myself!”