Bristol opens its doors


Bristol Open Doors reveals biggest ever programme

For the first time ever this year’s Bristol Open Doors programme will take place over two days. On Saturday 10 September and Sunday 11 more than 80 buildings – large and small, icons and undiscovered – will open their doors for the annual look at the city’s architectural treasures. From 10am to 4pm, visitors can roam the streets, exploring venues not normally open to the public or enjoying the special tours and activities on offer, all free of charge. 

A quarter of the programme is new this year, including never before seen places of the city. Go behind the scenes at The Bottle Yard Studios (set of Poldark, Wolfhall and Sherlock), the Puppet Palace and even the Medical Simulation Centre where doctors practise on dummies. Transforming old to new, conversions are also a popular newcomer such as the Wardrobe Theatre conversion of a bank and the Floating Harbour Studio conversion of a Dutch sand barge.

The city-wide festival takes place across a wider area than ever before and vintage buses will be on hand to help visitors get around the city for free.
Bristol Doors Open Day is run by the Architecture Centre, which celebrates its 20thbirthday this September. Centre Manager of the Architecture Centre, Christine Davis, says “Bristol Doors Open Day is a highlight in our packed September programme of anniversary events and activities, which also include an exhibition, symposium, talks and family activities. We are delighted to be showcasing the best of Bristol design, old and new, and celebrating our past, present and future.” 
The website – – has a full list of venues, updates and further information. Free guides are available from the Architecture Centre, Bristol Tourist Information Centre, libraries and other public venues. Advance booking is required for some tours and activities, see individual entries in the programme and on the website. Other tours do not require pre-booking, though numbers may be limited.

Picture by Stephen Iles.


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