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Pride of Britain Hotels Spotlights England’s Most Diverse Celebration of Heritage

By 5th September 2022Articles, Lifestyle, News

Every September, sites across the UK fling open their doors to the public for Heritage Open Days. This year, the festival is taking place between 9 – 18 September, returning with a packed programme of unmissable events and activities across the country.

Pride of Britain Hotels spotlights the very best places to visit this year… and the quirkiest sites, mostly which are privately owned and rarely offer the public the chance to get a glimpse inside!

This year’s theme is ‘Astounding Inventions’ and Pride of Britain Hotels’ top highlights include:

Clavell Tower, Dorset

The Landmark Trust opened this 1830s folly as a holiday home some years ago, but this year they’re offering the rare chance to have a look around without staying. The tower occupies four storeys and stands elegantly above the little village of Kimmeridge on the Dorset coast, clearly visible from the coastal path. It was once used for picnics and parties by the owners of the Smedmore Estate and whist visiting, guests can catch a glimpse of an Anthony Gormley figure on the rocks below, part of the LAND installation created to celebrate the Landmark Trust’s 50th year.

Opening:

Saturday 17 September
Sunday 18 September
10am to 4pm
Pre booking required

For a glamorous overnight hotel stay with a fascinating past life, guests should head to The Priory Hotel. This beautiful 16th century country house retains a feel of old-world heritage and glamour! Think of a scene from an Agatha Christie novel played out over the manicured lawn sloping down to the river.

BFI National Film Archive, Hertfordshire

The British Film Institute works to preserve the nation’s collection of moving images on film and television, and as part of the Britain on Film Project this is a rare chance to tour the J Paul Getty Jr Center in Berkhamsted where the archive is stored.

Opening:

Friday 11 September
Saturday 12 September
Sunday 13 September
10am to 3pm
Pre booking required

For film aficionados, guests should head to Sopwell House for a luxurious overnight stay – a hotel which is also at the heart of much filming action and a popular location for many TV shows and films. This popular country house spa hotel in 12 acres of grounds just south of St Albans features some of the best accommodations in Hertfordshire, a stunning pool and top-notch dining options.

St Luke’s Church, Cheltenham

From beautiful architecture and hidden gems to art and music, Cheltenham is abundant with culture. For September’s Heritage Open Days, history lovers can discover the Victorian features of St Luke’s church on a guided tour of the galleries and clock tower, through a hidden spiral staircase. With impressive stained glass windows, mosaics and a turret clock revealing the brilliance of Victorian engineering, visitors can enjoy a journey through time. Knitting and art workshops and an artist-in-residence studio within the church is also available on select Sundays.

Opening:

Sunday 11 September: open for church service 1000-1200
Tuesday 13 September: 1400-1600, knitting workshop
Wednesday 14 September: 1000-1600, art workshop 1200-1600
Thursday 15 September: 1400-1600
Friday 16 September: 1400-1600, Knitting workshop
Saturday 17 September: 1200- 1800, tour 1415
Sunday 18 September: 1200-1600
Pre booking required

For the ultimate historic hotel stay, Ellenborough Park is Cheltenham’s most splendid country house hotel with a wealth of heritage, a great setting and a plethora of style. The hotel has been recently refurbished and its generous grounds, a swimming pool, spa and renowned excellent service complete the picture.

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