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Welcome to
Dudley heritage open days

Come and celebrate Dudley’s rich architecture this Heritage Open Day, thanks to our virtual tours.

Heritage Open Days is a programme Dudley Council participates with each year, particularly in the Dudley Town Centre where we showcase some of the buildings included in our Townscape Heritage Project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The event is a celebration of the country’s architecture and culture, where venues not usually open to the public allow access.

We have loads of self-guided tours below, showing some of Dudley’s architectural gems and each year we add to this list. These tours capture the details of the buildings for future generations, as well as for our enjoyment now.  Please note, these images show the buildings in reality, as working offices and as closed, unused spaces- they are not sterile museums.


We are taking part in the 2022 Heritage Open Days campaign and further details will be announced closer to the event (9 – 18 September).


This year we will be celebrating Dudley’s rich history of invention, industry and innovation as part of the Heritage Open Day theme of Astounding Inventions.  Whether it’s transporting visitors back to the industrial revolution, examining the inventions that power our daily lives, highlighting the legacy of a local inventor, or showcasing cutting-edge innovations - this year we are inviting our festival community to showcase the diverse tapestry of English inventions that make our world go around.

Take this opportunity to find out more and explore our
NEW virtual tours of:

Priory House


Priory House dates from the early 19th century.  It can be seen in maps of the time and is mentioned in Pigot’s Commercial Directory as ‘a handsome building’.

Dudley Old Police Station

The Old
Police Buildings

Dudley’s first police station, complete with lock-up, built by “the county of Worcester” around 1847 and is Grade II listed. It was the first municipal building on Priory Street’s site

Dudley Catholic Church

Catholic Church

Our Blessed Lady & St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic church, built by A W N Pugin in 1839-40 in Gothic Revival style

The Crown Public House

The Crown
Public House

Grade II listed building in ‘Gothic Revival’ style

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Former Dudley School of Art

Red brick and terracotta building was constructed in 1883 by Bateman & Corser of Birmingham as the Dudley School of Art and Free Library and was opened on 29th July 1884. 

Dudley town hall

Town Hall

The famous mural by Hans Feibusch, dated 1948, showing a medieval scene of Roger de Somery stag hunting in Kinver Forest, regarded as one of his best works

St Edmunds Church, Dudley

St Edmund's
'Bottom' Church

Dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon King and martyr, this 18th century church replaces the medieval original

Dudley Council House

Council House

Including the council chamber where important decisions are made and its unique collection of civic regalia

Dudley Coroner's Court


Largely unchanged coroner's courtroom, retaining its original fittings and furnishings, plus the Memorial Tower and original Brooke Robinson Museum rooms

Top Church Dudley

St Thomas' &
St Luke's Church

The current 19th century building replaces the 12th century original and is dedicated to the Apostle St Thomas

Dudley Police Station

Police Station

Including the beautifully carved front doors with 20 scenes depicting early 1900’s police activities


St Edmund's School

Grade II listed former St Edmund's School, now Dudley Central Mosque, built in the Tudor Gothic style.


Additional Building Guides


Woolworth's Store

Built in 1935, the building replaced a smaller 1914 store a few doors away which had no room to extend. The building was designed in Art Deco style, which became Woolworth’s

in-house style for the 1930s.


The Old
Meeting House

This 1717 building is the oldest existing building of worship in Dudley. It was Grade II listed in 1949, meaning it is a building of special interest and warranting every effort to preserve it. It is now a Unitarian chapel.


Baylies’s Hall 
Charity School

Baylies’s Charity School was established by Robert, Samuel and Anne Baylies in 1732.  This was a period when many such schools were founded, for ‘teaching, instructing and clothing 50 boys’.

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