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Unlock the secret treasures of our city's best-loved landmarks

 LOCAL heritage enthusiasts who have always wanted to go through the keyhole at some of Swansea's best-known landmarks are getting their chance next month.

image depicting The Guildhall clocktower

For Swansea Council is revealing its treasures as part of the annual Ty Agored Abertawe Open House event taking place across the city on September 12 and 13.

Heritage enthusiasts will be getting the chance to see what effect millions of pounds of improvements at the Guildhall in Swansea have had on the grade one listed building so far.

And there will also be an opportunity to explore how the Tawe lock gates work at the Tawe Lock House as well as a chance to go behind the scenes at the Mansion House, Swansea Museum's Collections Centre, Bishop's Wood Nature Reserve and Roundhouse as well as the Civic Centre.

Chris Holley, Swansea Council Leader, said: "In Swansea there's a rich and varied collection of buildings people can see and the Council is delighted that the Guildhall will be part of the Open House event.

Non-Council buildings also throwing open their doors next month include the former Reading Room at the old Central Library, which is now home to the Welsh School of Architectural Glass.

Gordon Gibson from event organisers Sylfaen Cynefin said: "The event provides a once a year chance to go behind the scenes, not just to take in some of the wonderful built heritage that we have in Swansea, but also the activities that go on behind closed doors.

Full details of the Ty Agored Abertawe Open House event are available in the brochure from Tourist Information Centres, from participating venues and Council buildings, as well as on the website, www.tyagoredabertawe.com

Full details on the Open Doors events taking place across Wales in September are available by going to www.civictrustwales.org/ehd

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