The national Heritage Open Days will see a wealth of venues in and around Milton Keynes open their doors to visitors this month

The 21 unique historic buildings, churches and venues in and around Milton Keynes open to the public for free this month

The national Heritage Open Days will see a wealth of venues in and around Milton Keynes open their doors to visitors this month.

Every September, more than 40,000 volunteers across England organise as many as 5,000 events in celebration of the country's wonderful history and culture. It marks a great opportunity to explore hidden places and unique venues, all of which are free to explore. A full list of events taking place in and around Milton Keynes can be viewed on the Heritage Open Days website, but here are 21 not to miss.

Open to the public from Friday 13 to Sunday 22 September, visitors have the chance to explore the iconic WW2 code breaking huts and discover the stories of those whose work helped shorten the war. Pre-booking is required.

5. Bletchley Park

Open to the public from Friday 13 to Sunday 22 September, visitors have the chance to explore the iconic WW2 code breaking huts and discover the stories of those whose work helped shorten the war. Pre-booking is required.
Andy Stagg, courtesy of Bletchley Park Trust
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The 15th century church and tower will be open on Saturday 14 September from 10am to 6pm, offering wonderful views over the city and surrounding countryside, with teas, coffees and cakes on sale.

6. Bow Brickhill Church and Tower

The 15th century church and tower will be open on Saturday 14 September from 10am to 6pm, offering wonderful views over the city and surrounding countryside, with teas, coffees and cakes on sale.
All Saints Church Bow Brickhill
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Bradwell Abbey will play host to a Medieval Fayre on Sunday 15 September, where visitors can try on armour, have a go at archery, see birds of prey, and explore the ware of historical market traders.

7. Bradwell Abbey

Bradwell Abbey will play host to a Medieval Fayre on Sunday 15 September, where visitors can try on armour, have a go at archery, see birds of prey, and explore the ware of historical market traders.
Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre
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The Windmill will be hosting an open weekend on 14-15 September, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, with milling taking place for a short while each afternoon. It is the only remaining mill in Buckinghamshire still producing wholemeal flour.

8. Bradwell Windmill

The Windmill will be hosting an open weekend on 14-15 September, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, with milling taking place for a short while each afternoon. It is the only remaining mill in Buckinghamshire still producing wholemeal flour.
Nicky Kenny
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