The Heritage Open Days event celebrates England's fantastic architecture and culture by offering access, free of charge, to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden mysteries and treasures, and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture. Literally on people's doorsteps, it is an event for everyone, whatever their background, age and ability.
Co-ordinated nationally the event thrives on the enthusiasm and expertise of local people. Thousands of volunteers from all walks of life share their knowledge and memories with some 850,000 visitors every year, making Heritage Open Days England's largest voluntary cultural event. See www.heritageopendays.org.uk/
The following Masonic venues will be open to the public at various times during the
Heritage Open Days event
Click on the venue to see opening times and details via a link to the Heritage Open Days website.
Known as The Clarendon Suites this magnificent purpose-built structure houses one large and several smaller lodge temples together with a museum which contains a plethora of Masonic regalia, furniture and emblems dating back over many decades, a library housing around 2,000 books mostly on Masonic matters, and a wide range of dining and banqueting facilities.
Full details, and a voucher for a free cup of coffee or tea can be seen here
A Grade II listed property which until 1934 was a Preparatory High School for girls. Extended in 1935, a Masonic Temple was built which hosts one of the oldest pipe organs in Warwickshire. Downstairs in the restaurant is an art exhibition.
A Grade II listed building owned by the Masons, displays available with pictures and facts. Tours available with Masons for further information on the building and Freemasonry.
The Masonic Hall, formerly a primitive Methodist Chapel consecrated in 1866, is the meeting place for various Masonic Orders who conduct their ceremonies in its upstairs temple. Masonic exhibitions with stewards available to answer questions.
This is a rare opportunity to see the house ruins, caves and 15th century chapel of this unique site with its connections to slavery, the legendary Guy of Warwick and Henry V. Once an oratory, then a country house, a WWI hospital, and a home for evacuated children, this evocative site has captivated visitors through the centuries.
Early 18th century brick town house, with stone dressings. Now used as Masonic Rooms. Interesting interior with early 18th century staircase and cellars. History of the building available to visitors.
Other venues also open for visits are Masonic meeting places at:
21 Easemore Road, Redditch B98 8ER
Severn Street, Birmingham B1 1QG
1621 Warwick Road, Knowle, Solihull B93 9LF