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Heritage Open Days

9-12 September crack

Cheltenham is once again opening its doors for Heritage Open Days and joining in the national celebration of England’s architecture and culture. This once-a-year chance offers a great opportunity for both visitors and Cheltenham residents to explore historic buildings that are either not normally open to the public or which, over this weekend (9 – 12 September), have offered free entrance to the public.

Cheltenham Tourism have worked in partnership with the conservation team at Cheltenham Borough Council, to bring together a fascinating selection of buildings and churches to visit for the Heritage Open Days weekend. One of Cheltenham’s hidden treasures, Cheltenham Synagogue is open on Sunday 12 September from 10.30am – 5.30pm. Designed by local architect W H Knight in 1837, it has been virtually unaltered since that date. Cheltenham has had a Jewish community from the early 19th century and still boasts a small but active congregation today. With an unusual glass roof light and fine wooden interior – removed from a London synagogue and one of the oldest in Britain, dating from 1761 - it is well worth a special visit. This open day comes just after the Jewish New Year and before the annual Jewish festival of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).

Angie Rowlands, Tourism Manager, said “We are delighted that Cheltenham is taking part in Heritage Open Days again this year. It is a really inspiring weekend to add to the cultural calendar.”

For other unusual experiences, try Cheltenham Masonic Hall, with a dining room decorated in Knights Templar encampment style, or visit Cheltenham Ladies’ College featuring excellent examples of workmanship of the Arts and Crafts movement. Swim at the Sandford Park Lido; opened in 1935, the lido is one of the most complete examples of its kind in England. Or try one of the churches – St Gregory’s Church with its many beautiful stained glass windows, St Lukes Church & Cheltenham Open Art Studios or St Mary’s Church, the only medieval church in Cheltenham.

Take time to discover Cheltenham’s hidden architectural gems and enjoy a wide range of local history and culture. For full details of all those participating in Heritage Open Days, call in to Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre, 77 Promenade, Cheltenham for a free leaflet or visit our website:

www.VisitCheltenham.info