RESIDENTS of South Gloucestershire are being encouraged to embrace history and learn about the district's past.

Next month all of South Gloucestershire's most well-known historical buildings and landmarks will be opening their doors to the public.

The Heritage Open Days will run from Thursday, September 11, until Sunday, September 14, and will give people the opportunity to visit the district's special homes and sites for free.

Landmarks taking part in the weekend include, Thornbury Castle once owned by Henry VIII, the 17th Century mansion at Dyrham Park where the Sealed Knot will present a living history camp and Frenchay Chapel.

Brian Allinson, heritage champion for South Gloucestershire Council, said: "Heritage Open Days is a national celebration of England's rich architectural and cultural history which aims to stimulate public awareness by allowing free access to a number of properties which would normally be closed to the public, or where an entrance fee is charged."

Heritage Open Days is now in its twelfth year and is co-ordinated by South Gloucestershire Council's museums and heritage service, with support from the participating properties and members of the South Gloucestershire Heritage Forum.

Visitors will need to book places for some of the tours and visits. A leaflet detailing the heritage weekend's times and locations is available at all libraries and main council offices.

For more information contact South Gloucestershire Council on 01454 863592 or visit,