There’s a chance to explore some of Medway’s most interesting buildings for free during Heritage Open Days, running from Thursday, 6 to Sunday 9 September.
Celebrating England’s fantastic architecture and culture, Heritage Open Days is a national scheme offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

All the buildings taking part are open free of charge, with friendly, knowledgeable guides on hand to answer questions and guided tours offered by some venues.
Access is given by the owners of the properties with kind support from volunteers during each open day.

The Medway properties taking part this year are;
Fort Amherst, Chatham. No.1 Smithery: Behind the scenes tours of the ship model store, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham. Old Brook Pumping Station, Solomons Road, Chatham. The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham. RSPB Cooling Radio Station. Light Vessel 21, Gillingham Pier. Paddle Steamer Medway Queen. Bridge Chapel and Bridge Chamber. Chatham Memorial Synagogue
Eastgate House, Rochester. Guildhall Museum, Rochester. St Margaret’s Church, Rochester. Rochester Castle. Upnor Castle Barrack Block. Temple Manor, Strood

(Normal admission prices apply to The Historic Dockyard galleries and attractions).
Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “Heritage Open Days give residents and visitors a unique opportunity to explore many of Medway’s fascinating buildings for free. We are grateful to all the owners and volunteers who are supporting the event, and hope as many people as possible can come along and enjoy all the venues which are taking part”.

For details of dates and opening times contact Medway Visitor Information Centre on 01634 843666 or visit the Heritage Open Days web site
A leaflet with information on all the dates and opening times is available at all participating venues, as well as Medway libraries and Medway Visitor Information Centre in Rochester High Street.