Explore Kingston’s heritage this September for free, as the borough runs tours and opens its historical buildings to the public.
Kingston Council’s Heritage Service, The Kingston upon Thames Society and other heritage partners across the borough, are taking part in England's largest festival of history and culture. Heritage Open Days takes place between 6 and 16 September, and is followed by Open House weekend, the world's largest architecture festival, on Saturday 22 September.
For Heritage Open Days and Open House Weekend, there will be free guided tours of Kingston Museum & Library (on Wheatfield Way), and Kingston History Centre (on the site of the Guildhall).
The Kingston upon Thames Society will also be conducting tours of Guildhall ceremonial rooms on Saturday 8 September.
There's also a chance to discover the remains of Kingston's medieval bridge and the undercroft of an important medieval building both housed underneath the John Lewis store, and the glorious 17th-century Cleave's Almshouses and their garden on Old London Road. The Undercroft and Cleave's Almshouses will be open to the public on 8 and 9 September.
This is the first year the Heritage Open Days festival will take place over two weekends to enable as many people to come and learn more about the borough’s rich history.