Left it late? Here are five events from the Durham Heritage Open Days 2019 where no booking is required.

If you've only just got around to deciding which of the Heritage Open Days Durham events you fancy going to, then chances are some of the best will be booked up already.

With high demand, and booking opening in July in some cases, the chances are that many of the limited space events that must be prebooked are already full.

But thankfully, although many of the prebooked walking tours will have been snaffled by the early birds, there are still plenty of great Heritage Open Days 2019 events in Durham that don't require prebooking. Here are five that caught our eye from the list.

Also check out our Heritage Open Days overview and the Heritage Open Days highlights.

No booking required Durham Heritage Open Days event #1: Tanfield Railway guided tours

Take a guided tour of areas of Tanfield Railway not usually open to the public.

Choose on the day from a selection of tours, talks and walks about the Tanfield Railway. On every day are conducted tours of the world's oldest engine shed. You can also visit the workshops, see a wheel lathe demonstration, learn about the locomotives, and view displays and videos about the history of local industrial railways.

On the Thursday, Friday and Saturday only are conducted walks along the world's oldest railway, and visits to the signalbox.

On the Sundays only are blacksmith forge demonstrations, and you can watch steam trains. The optional steam train travel is chargeable.

The Tanfield Railway guided tours are open on Sunday to Tuesday September 15-17 and Saturday and Sunday September 21-22, 10.30am to 4pm each day. No booking required.

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No booking required Durham Heritage Open Days event #2: Curator tours of Durham Oriental Museum

Join a curator-led tour of the Durham Oriental Museum galleries telling some behind-the-scenes stories of the collections.

From Ancient Egypt to modern China, the Durham Oriental Museum is the only museum in the North of England devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the great cultures of Northern Africa and Asia.

The Durham Oriental Museum curator tours are on Saturday September 21 at 11am and 2pm. No booking is required.

No booking required Durham Heritage Open Days event #3: St Chad's College guided tour

This St Chad's College guided tour takes you around the main building, designed in 1960 by Francis Johnson from a set of old dwellings in North Bailey.

Many traces of the series of 18th Century houses that form the present college complex survive. An exhibition charting the architectural history of the college buildings accompanies a tour of the main college and its grounds.

The St Chad's College guided tours are on Monday September 16 at 10.30am and 2pm. No booking is required.

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No booking required Durham Heritage Open Days event #4: The Tithe Barn, Durham

The Tithe Barn on Hallgarth Street, Durham is a rare group of medieval farm buildings, Grade II* and II, dating from 14th and 15th Centuries. The interior of the earlier barn reveals an impressive roof structure and there is now a small collection of memorabilia to view.

The Tithe Barn open day is on Friday September 20 from 10am to 2pm, and no booking is required.

No booking required Durham Heritage Open Days event #5: The Chapter House, Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral's Chapter House is rarely open to the public. It was originally where the daily business of the monastery was carried out, and is famous as Professor McGonagall's classroom in the early Harry Potter films.

The original Chapter House dates from the 12th Century but was demolished and adapted in 1796. The present room is a 19th Century reconstruction based on the old design, and its windows onto the cloister contain fragments of highly decorated 15th Century glass.

The Durham Cathedral Chapter House is open Saturday September 14, and then Monday to Saturday September 16-21, 10am to 4pm each day. No booking is required.

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