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Open House weekend - Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September

As part of the annual Open House London Weekend, several council-owned heritage venues will open their doors to the public and provide unique access.

The weekend gives visitors an opportunity to explore various forms of building design and architecture across London and see areas not normally open to the public. 

Manor Farm, Eastcote House Gardens and Cranford Park will be open for free.

03 MF House Manor Farm, Ruislip

Open: Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 4pm.

Manor Farm is one of Hillingdon's flagship heritage sites, set at the end of Ruislip High Street and centred on a Norman motte, which is thought to have hosted a bailey castle. The site houses a unique collection of historic buildings, archaeological remains, landscape features and community spaces all set in 22 acres of beautiful grounds.

Visitors will have free access to the buildings and visitor centre (including special access to the upstairs of the Grade II listed Manor Farm House). You will also be able to visit the Great Barn, the 19th century Cow Byre Tea Room and The Pram Shed Museum, which exhibits a variety of farming tools.

Visitors to Manor Farm can take part in its new audio trail, which brings the history of the site and its buildings to life by explaining its 1,000-year history. The guide and map of the stops is available for visitors to download or stream on their mobile devices on www.hillingdon.gov.uk/mfaudio.

Eastcote house and gardens Eastcote House and Gardens

Open: Sunday between 10am and 5pm

Visit the Grade II listed 16th century stables building, 18th century dovecote and walled garden, with guides from the Friends of Eastcote House Gardens on hand to provide insight about the history of the site.

An annual classic car rally will also take place from 11am. If you'd like to exhibit your vehicle please book in advance by contacting Keith Barnard on 07788 442889 or emailing keithchevette@sky.com.

The Friends of Eastcote House Gardens will run a tea and cake stall and the cafe will be open serving a range of refreshments and light snacks. The car park on-site has limited spaces and will be restricted to Blue Badge holders only.

Cranford Park Cranford Park 

Open: Saturday between 10.30am and 4.30pm and Sunday between 11.30am and 4.30pm

This 144 acre historic countryside park in Heathrow Villages, close to the M4, includes the Grade II listed stable block of the former Cranford House, a secret garden and the medieval St Dunstan's Church. The stable block and garden (usually closed to the public) will be open. Cranford Park Friends will offer informal tours of the stables and the garden and collect your memories for a special memory wall they are creating. There will also be a display in the stables about the history of the park, which for 300 years was the private estate of the Earls of Berkeley.

St Dunstan's Church, with its monuments and the remains of 14th century wall paintings will be open between 10.30am and 4.30pm on the Saturday and 12.30pm and 4.30pm on the Sunday.

Battle of Britain Bunker

Open: ‚Äčas normal - admission prices may apply

Battle of Britain Bunker Visitor Centre The Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge played a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom in its darkest hour in 1940.

The bunker housed the Fighter Command No 11 Group Operations Room throughout World War Two, the room from which most of the RAF's side of the Battle of Britain was co-ordinated. Key decisions that would decide the fate of the nation were taken in the bunker throughout 1940 and it was thanks to the tireless work of the plotters and controllers that the RAF's fighter pilots managed to keep the Luftwaffe at bay.

The Operations Room, in reality a series of rooms on two levels some 60 feet (18 metres) underground, is reached via 76 steps. The plotting room with its large map table, squadron display boards, balloon and weather states, is exactly how it was when Winston Churchill visited on 15 September 1940.


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