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Monday 13 September 2004

Eastnor Castle will be opening its doors to show off its architectural features and art collection to residents and visitors free of charge on Monday 13 September 2004. The owner of the Castle, James Hervey-Bathurst will be giving guided tours of his home at 11.00am, 2.00pm and 3.30pm, and places must be pre-booked by telephoning 01531 633160. Organized by Eastnor Castle, the opening forms part of Heritage Open Days 2004, a national event co-ordinated by the Civic Trust and part of the European wide initiative, European Heritage Days. The programme is funded and supported by English Heritage.

Heritage Open Days activities will take place all over England (apart from London) from 10 – 13 September 2004. Around 800,000 visitors will enjoy the weekend, making the most of the opportunity to explore an outstanding selection of private homes, castles, follies, industrial sites, churches, contemporary design classic and architectural eccentricities. Eastnor Castle joins 26,000 volunteers across England who work behind the scenes to organize Heritage Open Days locally.

Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of the Civic Trust, said “Heritage Open Days have become and integral part of the heritage calendar, allowing everyone, wherever they live and whatever their background, to enjoy, understand and feel a part of the country’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. I am delighted that Heritage Open Days 2004 will reveal what lies behind even more of the nation’s historic doors”.

Full details of Heritage Open Days activities are available from Tourist Information Centres and the Civic Trust website www.heritageopendays.org