A STEP back in time to discover how the Guildhall was once the seat of justice for the city is on offer as part of National Heritage Day.
Visitors can follow in the footsteps of former prisoners who were locked up in the holding cells there during the event on Saturday (September 15) from 9am to 4pm.
A visit to the cells and court room, which witnessed scenes of high drama for many years, is on the menu as the history of the Guildhall is brought to life with costumed characters and guided tours.
Many of the prisoners tried at the Guildhall led up to it through a trap door in the middle of the floor and were taken down again to await their fate after being sentenced.
“The Guildhall is an ornate and stunningly beautiful building which has hosted royalty on a number of occasions.
However many Worcester residents have never been inside to experience its magnificent paintings, chandeliers and rich history,” said Deputy Mayor Coun Allah Ditta.
“It’s well worth a visit – especially as it’s completely free.”
Councillors will be on hand to show visitors round the Guildhall’s treasures and to reveal secrets from the building’s fascinating past including the palatial Assembly Room, described by King George III as ‘a handsome gallery’ and where HM Queen Elizabeth II has dined three times.
Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or which normally charge for admission.