Heritage Open Days in Bridgwater

Bridgwater is full of interesting and historic buildings, and every year in and around the town many historic properties, which normally have restricted access, open their doors to the public free of charge for Heritage Open Days.

This nationwide event is masterminded by the Civic Trust with assistance from English Heritage.

Heritage Open Days 2005 will be held from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September. This year both the Arts Centre in Castle Street and St John's Church are back in the list of top places to visit. Bridgwater Town Council will be showing off the Town Silver to all visitors in the Charter Hall in the High Street on Saturday 10th and the Somerset Brick and Tile Museum in East Quay will be open to the public every day from the 8th to the 11th.

On Saturday 10th, there will be free guided walks offered to explain the history of Bridgwater, and tours behind the scenes to see the Wave Machine which powers Sedgemoor Splash swimming pool in Mount Street; advance booking is essential by telephoning the Museums Officer, Sedgemoor District Council, on 01278 435399.

For a country outing on Sunday afternoon, the Temple of Harmony, an 18th century folly, at Goathurst, will be open to the public.

Further details of the places to visit in Bridgwater and their individual opening times are set out in a leaflet which can be obtained from local libraries and Tourist Information Centres, or by telephoning Sedgemoor District Council on 0845 408 2540. For information on what is on offer throughout England for Heritage Open Days, telephone 020 7539 7924 or log on to www.heritageopendays.org.

The places to visit in Bridgwater are;

  • Blake Museum, Blake Street
  • Kelting Room, Bridgwater Arts Centre, Castle Street
  • Old Vicarage Hotel and Restaurant, St Mary Street
  • Charter Hall, Bridgwater Town Hall, High Street
  • The Wave Machine, Sedgemoor Splash, Mount Street
  • St John's Church, Blake Place
  • Somerset Brick and Tile Museum, East Quay
  • St Mary's Church, St Mary Street
  • Christ Church Unitarian Chapel, Dampiet Street
  • Bridgwater Magistrates Court, Mount Street
  • Baptist Church, St Mary Street

For further information please contact Jessica Vale, Museums Officer, Sedgemoor District Council tel. 01278 435399