Explore Rugby's history during Heritage Open Days

Walking tours with the Rugby town guides Published: Thursday, 31st August 2017

A HOST of Rugby's historic and iconic buildings open to the public for free next month during the town's Heritage Open Days celebration.

Highlights include free entry to the World Rugby Hall of Fame, guided tours of the CEMEX Rugby Cement Plant and a 'behind the scenes' tour of Rainsbrook Crematorium.

Heritage Open Days runs from Thursday 7 September to Sunday 10 September, with a packed programme celebrating Rugby's history and culture.

Tours of the CEMEX plant take place on the Thursday and Friday, offering visitors the chance to climb to the top of the plant's tower and capture a unique view of Rugby on camera.

Rainsbrook Crematorium holds an open day on the Saturday, where visitors can take a tour of the facilities and explore the crematorium's grounds and memorial gardens, which were recently honoured with a Green Flag Award.

And on the Sunday, the World Rugby Hall of Fame opens its doors for free.

Historic buildings join the Heritage Open Days celebration, including Brownsover Hall Hotel and Princethorpe College, while a number of the borough's churches also take part, including St Andrew's in the town centre and the Church of The Ascension at Clifton Road cemetery.

Rose Narrowboats offer free boat trips on the Oxford Canal at Stretton-on-Dunsmore, and visitors to Coombe Abbey Country Park can explore a Festival of Crafts. 

Leaflets detailing the full Heritage Open Days programme can be picked up from Rugby Visitor Centre or downloaded at www.therugbytown.co.uk/HOD

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said: "Heritage Open Days celebrates the history on our doorsteps and gives residents the chance to explore places which often remain closed to the public.

We have a packed programme on offer this year and with limited places available on tours, it's best to book early to secure a place."

Places on tours can be booked in advance by calling the Visitor Centre on (01788) 533217 or emailing visitor.centre@rugby.gov.uk.