The 2013 Open Doors Event lets you visit the towns’ listed houses, castles and gaols for free. Many of the forty buildings taking part have never been viewed by the public before as they are private residences that promise to share their secrets and reveal glimpses of lives very different to our own. There will be tour guides, storytellers, archaeologists and local historians on hand to bring the buildings’ pasts to life and share their passion for the buildings with everyone taking part.
The culture and history on our own doorstep means there’s no need to go to France or Italy to see beautiful buildings. The 2013 Open Doors event is designed to encourage visitors and residents of all ages and backgrounds – along with members of the architecture and history community - to actively engage and interact with their local architecture and built environment.
There is a house with murals of Admiral Nelson, cottages with 700 year old floors and some of the most significant buildings in Wales past. The culture and heritage in Denbighshire’
“The feeling of walking on the same floors where noblemen once lived, and seeing the bedrooms where kings and queens slept is quite enthralling, ” said Liz Williams from the Ruthin and District Association.
Some of the most-ordinary buildings contain the most-extraordinary works of art, artefacts and astounding pieces of architecture. “Denbigh has the most listed buildings in Wales with a rich, vibrant and often mysterious history,” explained Margaret Thomas of the Denbigh and District Civic Society.
The Open Doors festival runs from 7th to 29th September with the Denbigh weekend on 21st to 22nd September and 28th and 29th September in Ruthin, with other events planned at other times in the month. As well as Ruthin and Denbigh, buildings in Bodelwyddan, Rhuddlan will be involved, including Elwy Bank in St Asaph.
A guidebook listing all buildings involved in Open Doors can be found at Ruthin and Denbigh libraries from Friday. It is also advisable to book in advance as many tours and events are expected to sell-out.
Come and see what’s on offer in September and there’s a real chance you’ll find something you love that you never knew existed.
“This project has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.”