22 unique historic buildings, churches and venues across East Sussex open to the public for free this month

Heritage Open Days runs between September 13 and 22 and is England’s largest grass roots heritage festival involving more than 40,000 volunteers and 5,000 events.

Wednesday, 11th September 2019, 1:37 pm
Jewish Burial Ground

Here we look at 22 of the 48 unique buildings, churches and venues across East Sussex that are open to the public for free this month. You can find out more about the openings here.

Saturday, September 14: 11am-4pm. No booking required. See the restoration which has taken place in this impressive Victorian house.
Open Friday, September 13-Sunday, September 15 - 11am-4pm. No booking required. Believed to be the oldest still existing photographic business, founded c.1855. Exhibition of photographs from the archive, and an opportunity to view the unique Victorian daylight studio
See an excavation of a late Iron Age to the later Roman period site. Join John Funnell on September 14, noon-1.30pm or John Skelton on September 21, noon-1.30pm. Booking required.
Sunday, September 15: 2pm-5pm. Brick and flint base of an 1802 windmill, which was later bought by the Bloomsbury Group writers.
Sunday, September 15 10.30am-3.30pm. Visit this ancient downland farm that was once owned by the Knights Templar. No booking required.
Open Saturday, September 14-Sunday September 15 11am-4pm. Seaford Museum is housed in Martello Tower no.74, which is situated at the eastern end of Seaford seafront.
Tuesday, September 17: 10am-5pm. Landscape garden originating in the 18th century containing lakes, waterfall and cascades. Famous for autumn colour but beautiful in all seasons.
Sunday, September 15 10am-2pm. An opportunity to see the recently restored areas of this 16th house, now home to ESCC's registry office.
Sunday, September 22: 2pm-5pm. Explore this peaceful Georgian church just off the seafront, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of this area.
Sunday, September 15 11am-4pm. The 200-year-old windmill at Windmill Hill has been fully restored and is now an operating mill. It will be open to the public for tours and demonstrations.
Friday, September 13-Saturday, September 14. Booking required. This North Laine home in Kensington Place built in 1847 is furnished with antiques from the first half of the 19th century and is hung with a large collection of prints, drawings and paintings.
Saturday, September 14 and Saturday, September 21: 10.30am-4.30pm. Discover the story of the first house saved by the National Trust back in 1896 and explore the beautiful cottage garden in the setting of the Cuckmere valley.
Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 2pm-5pm. Step back 100 years in time as you enter one of the best-preserved post mills in the country. Try grinding your own flour with the rotary hand quern-stones.
Friday, September 20: 11am-4.30pm. Gaze at the castles reflection in the moat or climb the towers to the battlements where archers would have defended the castle.
Sunday, September 15: 11am, 11.30am, noon. Booking required. A guided tour around Brightons iconic Modernist Preston Circus Fire Station designed by Graeme Highet and erected 1938.
Sunday, September 15: 10.30am-11am and 11am-11.30am. Booking required. A tour of the oldest Jewish Cemetery in Brighton. This is rarely open to the public.
Saturday, September 14-Sunday, September 15 10am-4pm. This Grade II listed 1868 building is still owned by the South Saxon Lodge, one of the oldest in Sussex.
Saturday, September 14, 10am-3pm. A fine example of an early 19th century non-conformist chapel, listed Grade 1.
Saturday, September 21, 3pm-10pm. The Kemp Town branch line opened on the 2nd August 1869. There will be music, projections, mural unveiling and performances to celebrate the anniversary.
Saturday, September 14-Sunday September 15 and Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22. 11am-5pm. The only garden of its type in the city, and the only place where major outdoor works of sculpture can be shown in a secure setting.
Saturday, September 14: 10.30am-2.30pm. Tours of some of the 19th court rooms, restored in the 1990s.
Friday, September 13: Tours 9.30am and 2pm. Booking required. A chance to see inside this imposing Victorian building of 1853 with fine brick and flint walls.