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New tour dates at the Croydon Heritage Festival

ImageI’m very excited to announce a new run of public tours this Summer – as part of the Croydon Heritage Festival. With so much work going on at the Croydon Citizen, it’s been very hard for me to offer regular tour dates. We’ve been running quite a few private tours in the meantime – not least for the excellent Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign – but this opens things up again to people who might not be able to get a whole group together.

All of the tours are based on our “Historic Old Town” tour. They will take place at the following times:

  • Saturday 21st – 12pm & 3pm
  • Thursday 26th – 7.30pm
  • Friday 27th – 7.30pm
  • Saturday 28th – 12pm & 3pm
  • Thursday 3rd – 7.30pm
  • Friday 4th – 7.30pm

They’re also offered at the exceptionally affordable, special price of £3 per person. You’ll be able to book them on the Croydon Heritage Festival site from the 1st of May.


James Naylor


Open House Weekend: Venues that are still open

“Airport House by the Old Croydon Aerodrome” by Tristan Forward. Use licensed under CC-BY-SA-2.0.


Open house weekend ( is a brilliant way to get up close and personal with some national treasures. For one weekend, interesting buildings which would otherwise be mostly closed to the public will throw open their doors.

Sadly, as reported in the news, Croydon Council are not participating in the scheme this year. But while there aren’t any council buildings open this year and there is no official involvement, a couple of venues will be opening their doors regardless. Local arts campaigner, Janet Smith, has kindly researched those that are still taking part. They are:

Croydon Airport

The world’s first purpose-built international airport and London’s main airport until the 1950s.

Open: Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd from 11am with last entry at 3.30pm


Shirley Windmill

An archetypal, beautifully preserved mid-19th century towermill in Shirley.

Open: Sunday 23rd from 12pm with last entry at 4pm


There’s some really interesting history at both of these venues. If you have the chance, they’re definitely worth a look. You won’t regret it.

The Amazing Civil Service Adventure Tour!

We’ve just added a quirky new tour our repertoire; led by our new guide John Lavabre. You can read more about this seemingly mundane, yet fascinating tour here. Book your ticket on the next tour here.

New Summer Dates Announced

We’ve just announced tour dates for the rest of the summer. Click here to see dates and purchase your ticket.