Get out and explore the borough’s rich heritage

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LOCAL people are being urged to get out and about this weekend and explore some of Newtownabbey’s rich heritage.

Many of the borough’s most historic buildings will be open to the public free of charge on Saturday and Sunday (September 10 and 11) as part of the European Heritage Open Days initiative.

Properties opening their doors for members of the public to come in and take a look around include several local churches, the recently reopened White House Heritage Centre and the Sentry Hill Historic House. A special guided bike tour will also take place along the Newtownabbey Way, taking in various points of historical interest such as Mossley Mill and the Glenville Railway Viaducts.

Across Northern Ireland, more than 300 historic buildings will be open to the public free of charge over the weekend.

Commending the open days to visitors, Environment Minister Alex Attwood said: “Since it began in 1997, the European Heritage Open Days weekend has become the largest built heritage cultural event in Northern Ireland. It provides an opportunity for people to see behind the façades of some of our historic buildings that would not normally be open and also demonstrates the importance that the built environment has in our daily lives.”

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