Bristol Open Doors 2019

Bristol Open Doors is returning from the 13th-15th September and last week they released their huge programme of events. Start planning now with our run down of all the events taking place in the city centre…

Averys Wine Cellar

Discover more about the history of the building and Averys as a wine merchant through walking tours and informative talks over the course of the weekend. There will also be complimentary wine tastings and special deals on bottles, but you’ll have to get down early because once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Boats and Bridges Tour

Step into the past and discover the importance of the city’s dockyards, marvel at the feats of engineering of our beloved bridges, and cruise past some of the city’s most famous vessels on this boat tour of the city centre. Booking is essential and done through the Open Doors website.

Bristol Cathedral

Take a guided tour and learn about the history, art and architecture of this fascinating building and hear about the conservation, maintenance and running of the Cathedral through the work of dedicated volunteers. There’s even an exciting opportunity to go up inside one of the Cathedral’s main towers.

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Get behind the glass cabinets at one of Bristol’s most valued historical and cultural institutions. Explore the collection stores and conservation laboratories and find out about the history and architecture of this stunning Edwardian Baroque building, from its vaulted glass gallery and chandeliers to its grand staircase.

Bristol Synagogue

The only purpose-built Jewish house of worship in Bristol, Bristol Synagogue, was consecrated in 1871. Designed by H.H Collins, (Victorian England’s leading architect) this elegant building boasts a number of unique 18th century architectural features, as well as many items that substantially pre-date the building itself.


Venture through the doors of Circomedia’s beautiful Grade I listed building for incredible architecture paired with unbelievable demonstrations of circus and even get involved yourself with circus workshops in Portland Square and St Paul’s park, including juggling, tight-wire walking and acrobatics!

City Hall

An exclusive look into one of Bristol’s most iconic buildings, and the current seat of local government. Get access to the Lord Mayor’s Parlour and the historic first floor and see the robes and ceremonial silverware first-hand. Sit in the Council Chamber and look up at its spectacular painted ceiling – depicting Bristol throughout its history.

Freemasons Hall

This striking Grade II listed building will be opening its doors during the festival this year for the first time. Steeped in tradition and ceremony, the hall has a rich heritage with a glamorous undercurrent. Learn about the history of the hall and gain unique insight into the traditions and ceremonies of the Freemasons. 

St Stephen’s Church

Join a guided tour of the 152ft. Tower, enjoy a bell-ringing talk and demonstration and unlock the secrets of this beautiful Grade I listed 14th century church. Saint Stephen’s is a regular host for concerts, with a number of performances running during the day. 

St John On the Wall

Discover the sights, sounds and smells of seventeenth century Bristol with a re-enactment of the Civil War. Determine who were the heroes and villains involved in the foiled plot, discover the stories of the women who defended the city during the siege and learn of the events that took place in the environs of St John’s.

St George’s Bristol

Discover the legacy of St George’s Bristol with a behind-the-scenes tour through its history. Visit the gardens, backstage areas, the crypt and the hall itself, built almost 200 years ago for the purpose of preaching to the congregation and still celebrated for its famed acoustics.