Imposing Harlaxton Manor opens its doors to public

Harlaxton Manor.
Harlaxton Manor.
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There’s a rare chance to see behind the magnificent facade of Harlaxton Manor this month.

Harlaxton College is opening the doors of the Grade 1 listed building for one of its occasional open days on Sunday, August 11.

The Victorian landmark was completed in 1845 and remained in family use until 1892, after which it fell into disrepair. Abandoned by 1935, it was purchased two years later by businesswoman Violet Van der Elst, who restored it. During the Second World war it was requisitioned by the RAF as the officers’ mess for RAF Harlaxton. The University of Evansville began using the property in 1971 as its British campus and bought it in 1986, when a major renovation was started. The house will be open from 11am to 5pm. Admission charges are: Adults £7, senior citizens £5, children under 12 £3.