Historic buildings in Northampton to open their doors for Heritage Open Days

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MORE than 20 historic buildings across Northampton will throw their doors open to history lovers this weekend.

As part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme, buildings including Delapre Abbey, All Saints Church and the Guildhall will all be open for free tours.

Tours will also be carried out to show Northampton residents the site of the town’s former castle.

The tour, which includes such landmarks as St Peter’s Church and Holy Sepulchre Church is led by historian Julia Gibson.

She said: “I think interest in Northampton’s history is really catching on.

“A lot of people don’t know the castle was there, and some people you speak to don’t even know the railway station is called castle station because it’s on the site of the castle.

“But there is a lot of interest out there, just seeing how many people we have on the tours shows how interested Northampton is in its history.”

Buildings which are open as part of Heritage Open Days include: the Sikh Gurdwara in St George’s Street, the Jesus Centre in Abington Square, BBC Radio Northampton, St Giles Church, 78 Derngate, the Royal & Derngate Theatres, County Hall, the Guildhall, Holy Sepulchre Church and St Peter’s Church.

For a full list of opening times, download the Heritage Open Days brochure.