Opening doors in South Yorkshire

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Buildings across South Yorkshire were throwing open their doors today as part of a celebration of England’s heritage.

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to historical landmarks which are usually closed or charge an entrance fee.

The English Heritage event started today and continues until Sunday.

Sheffield sites taking part include Beauchief Abbey and Heeley City Farm.

Sheffield City Hall will be open on Sunday, between 11am and 4pm. A venue spokesman said: “It will give people the chance to explore the City Hall’s centrepiece, the Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall, a 2271-capacity auditorium.”

Shepherd Wheel, Whiteley Woods, will be open to visitors on Saturday, from 10am until 4pm.

Visitors will be able to explore the waterwheels and learn about life as a grinder through living history, live music and family activities.

On Sunday, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Abbeydale Road South, will be open from 11am until 4.45pm.

Visitors can take a hard-hat tour of the site’s water wheels which are currently undergoing restoration.

Loyd Grossman, Heritage Open Days patron, said: “These days offer a great way for people to connect with history on their doorstep.”

Highlights

Buildings opening in South Yorkshire include:

Freeman College, Arundel Street, Sheffield centre – Saturday, 11am to 4.30pm;

Portland Works, Highfield, Sheffield – Sunday, noon to 3pm;

Underbank Chapel, Stannington, Sheffield – Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, 2pm to 4pm;

Cusworth Hall, Cusworth, Doncaster – today and Sunday, 11am to 3pm;

Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth, Rotherham – daily, 11am to 4pm;

Wortley Top Forge, Thurgoland, Barnsley – Saturday, 11am to 4pm.

For full details, see www.heritageopendays.org.uk