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Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s history, architecture and culture and usually take place in the second week of September.

Here are links to Heritage Open Days outside the area which might have events happening this year.

See below for a summary of the events that took place in 2017 as an example of the experiences available locally.

Exploring Parkgate’s History – Guided Walk.
The walk takes approximately 1½ hours. Discover about ship building, shrimps and schools and much more in this historic old seaside resort. Booking required. Meet at the Boat House Inn. A variety of refreshments available in the area.

St Mary & St Helen, Neston Parish Church, High Street, Neston, Cheshire, CH64 9TZ.
Many attractions including a stained glass window by Kempe, Hardman, Morris, Byrne Jones and many more. The Falklands Chapel rescued from HMS Plymouth. The font used for the christening of Lady Hamilton. Unique Viking Stones found nowhere else in Europe. Refreshments are available and there is disabled access. There is also an Art & Craft display, a display of Ecclesiastical robes and guided tours on request.

St Thomas’ Church, Mostyn Square, Parkgate, Neston CH64 6SL.
This newly refurbished church was closed for 16 years and reopened in 2010. Local community projects, in support of ‘The Bishop’s Trust’ raised the money for the renovation and the “Fisherman’s Church”, as it is known locally, is a testament to their sterling efforts. Financial assistance was also given by English Heritage.
No booking required to visit and Disabled access is provided. Refreshments available at cafes nearby.
Contact the Church via email on: [email protected] or visit the Church Website at for more details.

Neston Town Trail
A walk of approximately 1½ miles around Neston town centre, exploring the town’s historic buildings and some of its history.

Neston Collieries & Burton Marsh WW2 Decoy Walk
A short walk round the former Neston Coalfield and locations.

RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands
Puddington Lane, Burton, CH64 5SF. (Look out for brown sign on A540)
Tuesday 6th September – Visitor reception open 9.30 am – 5 pm.

Explore the historic landscape of the RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands. See the Mere, once part of the Burton Manor estate, home of Henry Neville Gladstone, son of William Gladstone, Prime Minister. Visit the remains of the Iron Age promontory fort on Burton Point. Hear about the Dee’s past and the spread of the marshes, which followed its canalisation in 1737.

Ness Gardens, Neston Road, Ness, Neston, Cheshire CH64 4AY
Ness Botanic Gardens was born of the Liverpool cotton merchant, Arthur Kilpin Bulley’s passionate interest in plants and his desire to share that interest with others. He began the creation of the garden in 1898, laying the foundations of one of the major botanic gardens in the country. Bulley died in 1942 and in 1948 his daughter Lois presented the gardens to the University of Liverpool. Today Ness displays plants from all over the world.

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