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Rare chance to see hidden Dales gems

Wednesday 18 August 2004

HISTORIC houses in the Yorkshire Dales which have rarely welcomed visitors will be throwing open their doors next month as part of a national celebration of the nation's heritage.

The initiative, which runs from 10 to 13 September, celebrates England's architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to properties that are either not usually open or would normally charge an entrance fee.

A variety of buildings in all parts of the Yorkshire Dales will be participating in this year's Heritage Open Days event, including churches, museums, halls and gardens.

Heritage Open Days is an annual event that is co-ordinated nationally by the Civic Trust in partnership with English Heritage, which also core funds the scheme. Details of all participating venues can be found at www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

The Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes - owned and operated by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority - will be offering free admission on 11 and 12 September.


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