SLIDESHOW: Delapre Abbey in Northampton opens its doors to the public for the first time since the start of a multi-million pound renovation

Visitors from Northampton and beyond were treated to an insight into ongoing renovation work and future plans at the Delapre Abbey open days at the weekend.

The 900-year-old site is currently undergoing an extensive renovation as part of a £6.3 million project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will allow it to open as a public attraction for the first time in its history.

Tour of the restoration works so far, at Delapre Abby with demonstrations by some of the heritage craftsmen 'Craig Murphy from Underwood and Weston working on the restoration NNL-150531-102958009

Tour of the restoration works so far, at Delapre Abby with demonstrations by some of the heritage craftsmen 'Craig Murphy from Underwood and Weston working on the restoration NNL-150531-102958009

Community engagement officer for the project, Vikki Pearson said: “The event was brilliant, we had a good turnout on both days with a real mixture of people coming along.

“Everyone was really interested in the work that was going on, they were excited by the plans for the future.”

As well as getting the opportunity to look at the outside of the building, visitors donned hard hats and descended into the basement to be given a tour of the vital structural work that has taken place so far.

Skilled local craftsmen were also on hand to demonstrate some of the stone masonry and joinery techniques being used on the project.

Ms Pearson explained that much of the work to this point has been focused on ensuring the necessary structural foundations are in place.

She added: “Work is due to step up from now so hopefully when we have our next open day in September people can come back and really see the difference.”

The project remains on course and is scheduled to be completed and open to the public in September 2016.