AFICIONADOS of architecture and history will be able to peek inside some of Harrow’s oldest and most interesting buildings for free.

The Open Doors weekend on September 21 and 22 has been organised by Harrow Council in partnership with Harrow School in lieu of the council’s decision not to pay £4,000 for the borough to participate in the widely publicised and very popular capitalwide Open House London on the same dates.

Harrow Council’s portfolio holder for community and culture, Councillor Nizam Ismail (Independent Labour), said: “Harrow has some of the most beautiful heritage in London with some fascinating stories to tell.

“Harrow Open Doors is a wonderful opportunity to admire their form and learn about their history.

“By developing our own event this year, our heritage buildings are working together to promote the history of the borough and giving our residents and other visitors a unique opportunity to visit some of our greatest structures.”

The public will be able to visit churches and other places of worships, several of Harrow School’s buildings and rooms,

Headstone Manor at the council-run Harrow Museum and Heritage Centre in Harrow will host on Saturday regular tours from 10.30am to 3.45pm that are bookable in person on the day at reception. Visitors must be able to walk unaided.

Half-hourly tours of cartoonist and illustrator William Heath Robinson’s pictures will be part of West House’s offering on Sunday in Pinner while those viewing The Zoroastrian Centre For Europe in South Harrow on Saturday can enjoys tours beginning on the hour and talks on Zoroastrian heritage on the half hour.

On Saturday St George’s Church in Harrow has a guided tour at 11am, an organ concert with Ian Shaw at noon, light lunches between 1pm and 2.30pm, a talk on ‘A new look at stained glass’ with artist Alfred Fisher at 3pm, a guided tour at 4pm, a piano concert with Valentin Schiedermair at 6pm.


All Saints’ Church, Uxbridge Road, Harrow Weald, HA3 6DQ

Sat 10am–4pm; Sun 12pm–5pm

St Lawrence’s Church, St Lawrence Close, Whitchurch Lane, Edgware, HA8 6RB

Sat 10am–4.30pm; Sun 11am–5pm

Fourth Form Room, Harrow School, Church Hill, Harrow on the Hill, HA1 3HP

Sun 2pm–5pm

Headstone Manor at Harrow Museum and Heritage Centre, Pinner View, Harrow, HA2 6PX

Sat 10am–3.45pm

Museum Of Harrow Life, Football Lane, Harrow on the Hill, HA1 3EA

Sun 2.30pm–5pm

Old Speech Room Gallery, Harrow School, Church Hill, Harrow on the Hill, HA1 3HP

Sun 2pm–5pm

Pinner House, Church Lane, Pinner, HA5 3AA

Sat 10am–4pm

St George’s Church, Pinner View, Harrow, HA1 4RJ

Sat 10am–6pm

St Mary’s Church, Church Hill, Harrow on the Hill, HA1 3HL

Sun 2pm–5pm

West House, Pinner Memorial Park, West End Lane, Pinner HA5 1AE

Sun 11am–5pm

Zoroastrian Centre For Europe, Alexandra Avenue, South Harrow, HA2 9TL

Sat 11am – 5pm

Harrow Central Mosque, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2SQ

Drop-in at any time