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Heritage Open Days 2017

St Albans Cathedral is to take part in Heritage Open Days 2017, and showcase some of its best highlights to the public for free this weekend.

To celebrate the lead up to the weekend, we will be releasing a series of fascinating interviews with one of our most experienced tours guides about the heritage of St Albans Cathedral. The conversations were recorded by Stephen de Silva, a guide and former Warden at the Cathedral, with Rob Pearman.  They were included in the weekly audio programmes provided to the blind and partially sighted listeners to the St Albans & District Talking Newspaper and also broadcast on Radio Verulam's weekly programme Local Life (Wednesday 7-8pm).

The Story of St Alban

St Albans and Magna Carta 

The High Altar Screen

The Nave Screen

Who's Buried Here

Lord Grimthorpe

Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest heritage festival and offers people the chance to see new places and gain new experiences for no cost at all. Many different places of historical significance in St Albans are taking part alongside the Cathedral, including the famous Clock Tower in the city centre and the Abbey Gateway.

On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September, the Cathedral will be giving people the opportunity to embark on tours of the building’s famous Norman Tower. This highly popular tour often sells out and gives participants the opportunity to experience views of the Roman City only accessible from the tower. The spectacular tour also takes groups via the north transept gallery, the ringing chambers, the Belfry and on the way there is a unique close up view of the magnificent Rose Window. Tickets are free and will be available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, click here.

In addition, on Sunday 10th September, a brand new event is taking place  – the St Albans Three Towers Challenge.  This is your chance to climb over 800 steps and get a bird’s eye view of St Albans from three historic landmarks. 

12 FREE tickets are available to scale the heights of the Clock Tower, St Peter’s Tower and the Cathedral Tower. For further information and details on how to apply, click here.

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