With summer approaching, Guisborough’s tourist attractions have started to open their doors.

Guisborough Museum on Westgate Road opened on April 1 with several new displays. A piece of Roman cloth is displayed, recovered from a well, and a display commemorating a Guisborough man, Robbie Leggott, who died at the battle of the Somme in the First World War in 1916, aged just 20.

There is a full-scale model of Guisborough railway station, which was closed in March 1964, after 110 years of operation, and also models of most of the pubs in Guisborough by Stan Liversedge.

There is also a display based on a former Leemings Chemist’s pharmacy, and a mock-up of a domestic household cupboard from years ago.

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These and other exhibits are looked after by volunteer stewards, Janice Mahoney and Alexander de Marco and the museum is open throughout the summer on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Special openings are available for groups and school parties. Entry is free.

The Heritage and Information Centre tourist office, which is now based in the restored former Guisborough Town Hall, on the ground floor, is also open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

It is full of information for visitors and has a limited supplies of tote bags at £6 to mark the opening. Volunteer steward Hazel Meynell said: “It’s staffed by a band of volunteers and we're always looking for more, as there is no funding for staff wages.”

Available to view is the workshop of Shorty’s Gins, on the ground floor, where gin is distilled and sold. Shorty’s is open from 11am to 3pm Thursday to Saturday.

The top two floors of the building now cater for visitors to stay in and comprise seven bedrooms that sleep 17, dining areas and a communal lounge, run by Guisborough business Odd Socks.

The grounds of the former Gisborough Priory are now open from Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays from 10am to 4pm and provide a spectacular backdrop with the ruined 13th century East Window of the Priory overlooking the gardens and former Abbey grounds.

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Again, entry is free. Tours of the grounds are held on various Thursday and Saturday afternoons at 2pm throughout the summer.