Bristol Doors Open Day is made possible by the hard work of dozens of volunteers from participating venues. We are also grateful for financial support from partners and sponsors and to the Architecture Centre volunteers who generously donate time to help organise the event. The event is coordinated by the Architecture Centre, a registered charity, working with an advisory group and Bristol Tourist Information Centre. Bristol Doors Open Day is part of Heritage Open Days, which takes place across England every September.

The Architecture Centre

Bristol’s centre for architecture and design, the Architecture Centre is an independent not-for-profit organisation which champions better buildings and places for people. Everyone is welcome to the Centre’s free exhibition gallery on the Harbourside (open Weds – Sun). The Centre organises a varied programme of exhibitions, learning activities and events, including talks, family activities and guided walks.

The Architecture Centre celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016 with a full month of public programming throughout September, including the expanded Doors Open Day, a special retrospective exhibition, a professional symposium and a full weekend of family activities on

Visit the Architecture Centre website.

Heritage Open Days

Bristol Doors Open Day is part of Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is the country’s largest heritage festival with around 5,000 events, over 40,000 volunteers and more than three million visitors taking part. Celebrating local history, architecture and culture, the four-day event offers everyone the chance to see hidden places and experience something new – all of which are completely free to explore.

Heritage Open Days operates as part of the National Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Established in 1994, it is England’s contribution to the European Heritage Days, which is held annually in September in 50 signatory states to the European Cultural Convention.

For more information and to find out about events across England: www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Bristol Tourist Information Centre

Situated on the Harbourside and open daily, the information centre offers everything from help with bus timetables and accommodation booking to souvenirs and gifts.

Visitors are welcome to drop in and pick up a Doors Open Day leaflet.

TIC staff will also help those without access to a computer to book online for the tours, talks and events that require pre-booked tickets.

Visit the Bristol Tourist Information Centre website

Bristol Biennial

An international, artist-led festival of visual art with exhibitions, performances and events in unexpected sites across the city. Every two years, Bristol Biennial showcases exceptional emerging artists and forges international partnerships and exchanges.

In 2016 Bristol Doors Open Day and Bristol Biennial are collaborating on two special events, 02 Hengrove Mounds Festival of Ancients and 21 Our Colour at The Pithay

Visit the Bristol Biennial website.