— This article refers to the Heritage Open Days in 2010. For the 2012 listings, please see the latest story.
Various historical venues in Lincoln will open their doors for free to visitors from the city and beyond as part of the Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days.
From Friday, September 10 to Sunday, September 12, Lincoln Castle, Lincoln Cathedral and Hartsholme Park are giving away tours and entry tickets.
This year’s theme is Lincolnshire at War — through the ages. The Lincolnite selected the best places you can visit for free this weekend:
Friday, September 10
Hartsholme History Walk
Where: Hartsholme Country Park Visitor Centre
When: From 10.30am — Tours last 2 hours
Join the Hartsholme Country Park Rangers on a walk to discover the history of Hartsholme Hall, used by the military throughout World War II.
Tennyson: People’s Poet of War
Where: Tennyson Research Centre, Lincoln Central Library
When: 12.30pm — Event lasts 1 hour
Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade is a widely read modern war poem. See the inspiration, drafts, letters and the splendid Tennyson archive.
Exploring Lincoln at War, through the ages
Where: Meet at Visitor Information Centre, Castle Hill
When: 10.30am (Also on Sunday) — Tours last 1 hour 15 minutes
Green Badge Guide Brian Taylor takes you on a walk in Uphill Lincoln, exploring Lincoln’s wars from the Battle of Lincoln through to the wars of the 20th century.
Saturday, September 11
Lincolnshire’s Military Heritage
Where: Museum of Lincolnshire Life
When: 10.00am – 4.00pm (last admission 3.30pm) (Also on Sunday)
With a World War I tank called Flirt, and interactive galleries of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment, it’s a great place to explore Lincolnshire’s military heritage.
Open Day at Lincoln Cathedral
Where: Lincoln Cathedral
When: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Explore the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral free from King’s statue to his chapel in the Old Palace. Roof and tower tours for over 14s are £3 each tour.
Feeding the City
Where: Ellis’s Windmill (behind Lincolnshire Life Museum)
When: 2.00pm – 5.00pm (Also on Sunday)
In times of war and peace a regular supply of flour was vital. See the last working windmill in Lincoln grinding corn to feed the people of the city.
Tour of Lincoln Castle
Where: Lincoln Castle
When: Tours at 11.00am, 12pm, 1.00pm and 2.00pm (Also on Sunday)
Visit Lincoln Castle for a free guided tour around this Norman site and learn more about its development from Roman origins.