This weekend: unlock the city with Bristol Open Doors festival

This weekend: unlock the city with Bristol Open Doors festival

Posted on: 09 Sep 2019

Want to peek behind the borders on St Michael on the Mount? Or venture into a Victorian asylum? Now’s your chance.


This weekend (13 to 15 September) Bristol Open Doors returns.

Photo: Bristol Open Doors

An annual celebration of the city’s past, present and future, Open Doors allows the people of Bristol to learn more about their city.


This year, the festival welcomes a jam-packed programme of free-to-attend workshops, expert-led tours and open house drop-ins.


Whilst many workshops and tours are now sold out, there’s still a few things you can book; on Saturday, book in to see Bristol from the upper deck and delve into Bristol’s architectural history with a rain-or-shine open bus tour. 


Want a little more flexibility? There’s still chance to explore over 80 buildings and outdoor spaces with the festival’s drop-ins.

Photo: Bristol Open Doors

On Saturday afternoon, sift through the city’s history at Bristol Archives or climb the ringing chamber of Holy Trinity Church. Or on Sunday, see backstage at St George’s or explore the old prison cells at The Island!


Bristol Open Doors’ busy schedule has been put together by the Architecture Centre, Bristol’s centre for design and creative placemaking.


Their mission? To encourage an understanding and enjoyment of architecture, and to champion better buildings and places for everyone.


To see the full programme, visit the Bristol Open Doors website. 


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