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Thursday, 30 March, 2000, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
Archbishop's home goes public
lambeth palace
Visitors will be able to see inside Lambeth Palace
Lambeth Palace, home to the Archbishop of Canterbury, is throwing its doors open to the public for a special festival.

The Prince of Wales is formally opening the palace, its renovated crypt chapel and an exhibition called Lambeth 2000.

Visitors will be able to take part in guided tours of the historic rooms including the crypt, the guard room, the chapel and the library, the oldest public library in England.


chapel
The chapel has been renovated
The opening is part of the London String of Pearls Millennium Festival, which aims to make great national institutions accessible to ordinary people.

Lambeth Palace, on the south bank of the River Thames, has been the archbishop's London home since the early 13th century.

Visitors will also be able to view a special exhibition on the archbishop's role.

Organisers of the String of Pearls festival say it includes a programme of activities designed to allow members of the public to explore and celebrate national institutions.

The Lambeth 2000 event will open from 1 April to 4 November, from Tuesday to Saturday inclusive - apart from Holy Week (16-24 April). Tickets are 6, or 4 for those qualifying for concessions, such as students and children.

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