A walk through the centuries

Thursday October 21 2010

Step back in time with cut price tours, as part of this year’s Heritage Weekend.

Lichfield's Heritage Weekend, Hidden Gems, is taking place on 18 and 19 September. This is the weekend that will see visitor attractions, such as Lichfield Heritage Centre, Darwin House and Lichfield Cathedral, open their doors to visitors for free. 

As part of the festivities, Visit Lichfield, the district council's tourism team, has organised walking tours of the city over the two days. 

Across the Centuries is a tour that celebrates Lichfield's fascinating history - from the bloody battles of the Civil War to our 18th century enlightened thinkers - such as Samuel Johnson and Erasmus Darwin. 

The tours will set off on Saturday 18 September at 10.30am, 11.30am & 1.30pm, and on Sunday 19 September at 2pm & 3pm. 

Councillor Louise Flowith, Lichfield District Council's Cabinet Member for Tourism, said: "A tour of the city is a wonderful way for history to come alive. Lichfield will be a hive of activity throughout the Heritage Weekend. We hope lots of people come along, as it's the perfect opportunity to visit tourist attractions for free and take part in all the activities." 

Across the Centuries costs £1 and can be booked at the Tourist Information centre (in the Lichfield Garrick) or by calling the team on 01543 412112. 

Lichfield Cathedral has also organised guided tours over the Heritage Weekend. In keeping with the Hidden Gems theme, the Treasure Cathedral tour is a fantastic chance to see some of the cathedral's treasures, including the Lichfield Angel, the Lang Commission silver and Victorian glass and sculptures. This tour is taking place on Saturday 18 September at 12.30pm and again on Sunday 19 September at 1.30pm and 2.15pm. 

Lichfield Cathedral's trained guides will also be leading a tour of The Close on Saturday 18 September at 2.30pm.

Close Tour and Treasures Lichfield tours both cost £1 and can be booked at the Cathedral Book and Gift Shop in the Lichfield Cathedral, or by telephoning 01543 306150.  

Erasmus Darwin House is also running spooky tours of the Georgian house's cellars. Taking place on Saturday 18 at 12.30pm and 2.30pm, and on Sunday 19 at 11.30am and 2.30pm, the Spooky Cellar tours is also £1 and can be booked by calling 01543 306260.

To see the full Hidden Gems programme pick up a leaflet from Lichfield Tourist Information Centre in the Lichfield Garrick or download one from www.visitlichfield.co.uk