HISTORIC buildings across Kirklees will open their doors to the public for free.
Thirteen local places of historic interest will be inviting the public through their doors as part of the celebration of Heritage Open Weekend in Kirklees.
The weekend - on September 11 and 12 - is a national celebration of England's architecture which gives the public free access to interesting properties that would normally charge an entrance fee or which are not usually open to the public.
Organised through volunteers by the Civic Trust and funded and supported by English Heritage, it is England's biggest and most popular voluntary cultural event, attracting some 800,000 people every year.
Locally the Heritage Open Days are co-ordinated by the Kirklees Community History Service.
As well as historic sites to explore and enjoy, there will be the chance to take part in guided walks and see traditional activities.
Places to visit in the Huddersfield area include:
* High Flatts Friends' Meeting House.
* Oakwell Hall museum in Birstall where there will be demonstrations of writing with quill pens and the making of pomanders and herb bags.
* The 15th century timber-framed Lees Hall in Thornhill Lees.
* The medieval St Michael and All Angels' Parish Church in Thornhill, Dewsbury.
* Holmfirth's oldest building, Th'owd Towser, which was built in 1597.
* The Lydgate Unitarian Chapel in New Mill.
* The Wooldale Friends' Meeting House, parts of which date back to the late 17th century.
The weekend will also be the last chance this year to see the 360-degree view from the top of the Victoria Tower at Castle Hill, Huddersfield.
Also providing a view from the top will be the popular Lindley Clock Tower at Lidget Street, Lindley.
Colne Valley Museum in Golcar and the Quaker Meeting House in Paddock, complete the list of properties open on Saturday and Sunday.
The grade one listed All Saints' Parish Church, Batley, will be open for visitors to take a closer look only on September 11.
On September 12 there will be a series of guided walks through the 29-acre Victorian Beaumont Park in Huddersfield.
Huddersfield Civic Society will lead guided walks through Huddersfield town centre. There is also a three-mile walk on pavements, paths, turnpikes and packhorse routes along the Kirklees-Calderdale border on September 11, organised by the Milestones Society.
The public is invited to look around the 13th century All Hallows' Church, Almondbury, on September 11, 3pm to 5pm, and September 12, 2pm to 4pm.
A Heritage Open Weekend publication is available from Kirklees libraries, museums and tourist information centres.