Have you ever fancied seeing Mary Rose artefacts that aren’t on display to the public?
Or instead, gaining access to centuries-old fortifications that have never before permitted visitors?
Or a trip to what’s thought to be Portsmouth’s oldest property, which was even mentioned in the Domesday Book….?
Portsmouth is celebrating its rich arrange of historic and heritage assets this weekend by opening up local attractions for the public to see.
All this and more are on offer this weekend, all free, as part of the Heritage Open Days.
Every September some 40,000 volunteers across the country organise 5,000 events to celebrate the nation’s fantastic history, architecture and culture.
Speaking on the eve of the four day festival, national festival patron Loyd Grossman CBE said:
“Let’s open the doors! Heritage Open Days is an exercise in public consciousness. You can’t love and protect something unless you know about it!”
Cllr Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth’s newly-appointed heritage champion said:
“As someone who has lived in this great city all my life I’ve had the opportunity to visit some of the brilliant historic assets we are fortunate to have here in Portsmouth.
This weekend not only provides the opportunity to see some of these for free but also is your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences.
The Heritage Open Days are a great way to see Pompey at its best and I urge all local people to take advantage of what will be an exciting weekend”.
To see what is open to the public this weekend check out the listings at: www.visitportsmouth.co.uk/whats-on/event-highlights/heritage-open-days