As part of the nationwide heritage festival Heritage Open Days, Downside Abbey will once again be opening its doors to visitors eager to explore their local history and culture. 

The largest festival of history and culture in England, Heritage Open Days aims to open heritage sites to the local area for the community to see. All events are free and generally include something which is not normally available to the public. We will be taking part on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th September from 10am-4pm.

Here at Downside we will be running tours of our monastic gardens, (usually not open to visitors) and holding an organ recital by renowned Cambridge organist Nigel Kerry. The church will also be open with volunteers on hand to answer questions and give explanations on the building, and our visitor centre will be open for refreshments and the chance to browse the bookshop. 

You can find out more about Downside’s event and the Heritage Open Days in general by visiting the site here.