Some of Worcester’s historic buildings are taking part in a national festival of history and culture.

Heritage Open Days are taking place around the UK in September - including events right here in the city.

These are some of the buildings confirmed to be taking place which will be free to enter.

‘Demolishing Greyfriars’ - Greyfriars House and Garden 

The Greyfriars, Friar Street, Worcester WR1 2LZ 

Discover over 500 years of history hidden in one of Worcester’s most historic streets. The house, built by a wealthy Tudor merchant in the 1490s, has survived climactic events from the Battle of Worcester in 1651 to a mid-twentieth century demolition order.

You can take a self-guided tour or listen to one of the highlights talks running throughout the day.

Saturday, September 9 and Saturday, September 16: 10am to 4pm.

No booking required.

Hanley Castle - A Creative Community 

Worcester News: St Mary's Church at Hanley CastleSt Mary's Church at Hanley Castle (Image: Sue Roberts)

St. Mary’s Church, Church End, Hanley Castle WR8 0BL 

Learn about the history of creativity in the Hanley Castle area from the medieval potters to the artists and craftspeople of today.

Discover literary connections with PG Wodehouse, PH Newby and David Mitchell and join one of the demonstrations or workshops taking place during the week.  

Daily, from Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 17: 2pm to 5pm.

No booking required.

St Swithun’s Sound & Art - Messages From Beyond the Grave 

Worcester News: St Swithun's Church in the city centreSt Swithun's Church in the city centre (Image: Google Maps)

St.Swithun's Church, Church Street, Worcester WR2 2RH 

Explore St Swithun’s Church’s rich and extravagant Georgian history through the hand-carved memorial plaques and stones on the walls and floor of the church.

Explore the shapes of letters through different eras and fashions, from ornate hand craved scripts to bold black letter press sermon posters. Join a calligraphy and block letter printing workshop, history talk or tour.

Saturday, September 9: 10am to 3pm.

No booking required.

The Hill & Evans Vinegar Line and the Worcester Gas Works at Shrub Hill 

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West Midlands Trains, Shrub Hill Railway Station, Shrub Hill Road, Worcester WR4 9EJ

Find out more about the industrial history of the Shrub Hill area, the Vinegar Works and the Gas Works in this talk followed by a walk around the local area.

Two chemists founded the world’s largest vinegar works in 1830, later producing two million gallons of malt vinegar annually.

To aid distribution, a railway track linked the Great Filling Hall with Shrub Hill station sidings in 1872. The building is now Grade ll listed.

Saturday, September 16: Arrive at 10.45am for a talk at 11am and walk at 1pm.

No booking required.