Take a step back in time with open days

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Two of Buxton’s oldest buildings will be throwing open their doors next week as part of a celebration of local heritage.

Tours of the Old Hall Hotel and the Crescent are being organised as part of Heritage Open Days, which aims to give people the chance to explore historical buildings which are usually closed to the public, or charge for admission.

On September 11 and 12, local author Pat Chapman will be giving visitors an insight into the Old Hall Hotel’s historical past. Tours will allow visitors to see the room where Mary Queen of Scots was kept prisoner during house arrest, while an actor from the Discover Buxton team will be taking on the role of the Queen’s favoured lady in waiting Mary Seton.

Netta Christie, director of Discover Buxton, will be leading tours at the assembly room of the Crescent, at 2pm on September 13 and 14.

The visit is a unique opportunity to hear the stories of Georgian life, when Buxton was fast becoming the place to be among high society.

She said: “We’re delighted to share Discover Buxton’s knowledge of this unique historic town - the events offer an opportunity to experience life as it existed from the late 1600s until the late 1700s.”

And Sally Burton, marketing manager at the Old Hall, added: “These special events are just the start of a new Mary Queen of Scots tour that we’ll be launching in conjunction with Discover Buxton from mid-September, providing a unique opportunity for guests to delve back into history and find out more about this exciting era.”

To book the Old Hall tour, call 01298 22841 or to book the Crescent tour, call 01298 79648.