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Venues at a glance A list of this year's venues, with tour booking information where relevant.

01 The Bottle Yard Studios Whitchurch Lane, BS14 0BH

Sat 10am – 4pm

Go behind the scenes at the Studios that have hosted Sherlock, Wolf Hall and Poldark. Tour the 7 acre site, view production sets and an impressive green screen studio. See how a disused industrial space owned by Bristol City Council has been transformed into a vibrant creative production hub.

Please note: access to sets and studios will be subject to production filming schedules.

Pre-booked tours only via https://bristoldod2016v01bottleyardstudiostour.eventbrite.co.uk

02 Hengrove Mounds Festival of Ancients Hengrove Mounds Nature Reserve, Hengrove Way, BS14 0BY

Sat 12am – 4pm

Discover a fête set in the future, celebrating the past. Artist Jo Helier invites the community to build a surreal festival, reflecting on sustainability, collectivity and what gets lost in translation. Join a day of festivity featuring music, dance,food and costumes. Drop in. Part of Bristol Biennial 2016: In Other Worlds.

03 Filwood Green Business Park 1 Filwood Park Lane (off Hengrove Way), Knowle West, BS4 1ET

Sat 10am – 4pm

Learn how this industrial building reaches ‘Outstanding’ environmental standards and tour the spaces supporting small ‘green’ businesses. See how The Factory brings together digital fabrication technology and community-led enterprise by fusing art and tech to create bespoke products that are sustainable and desirable. Demonstrations and information about training available. Architect: Stride Treglown

Drop in or book a tour via https://bristoldod2016v03filwoodgreenbusinesspark.eventbrite.co.uk

04 Bristol Water Head Office Bridgewater Road, BS13 7AT

Sat TOURS AT 11am, 12noon, 2pm, 3pm

Are you keen to know more about workplace design? Take a tour of Bristol Water’s iconic 1960s headquaters and see how the refurbished building showcases the best in modern office design and environmental performance standards. Refurbishment (C21): Harmsen Tilney Shane

Pre-booked tours only via https://bristoldod2016v04bristolwaterheadoffice.eventbrite.co.uk

05 Computershare The Pavilions, Bridgwater Road, BS13 8AE

Sat 11am – 3pm

Computershare’s headquarters and grounds are a unique example of post-war design and were recently listed by Historic England. Take a guided tour (11am-3pm) of the many fascinating, ahead-of-their-time workplace features and notice the beautiful design details. Make time to visit the onsite charitable craft fair. Architect: Arup Associates

Pre-booked tours via: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bristol-open-doors-at-the-pavilions-tickets-26302284842

06 Triodos Bank Deanery Road, BS1 5AS

SAT 10am – 4pm

Take a guided tour and discover the careful planning and ecological research that shaped this building, home to Triodos bank since 2012. Learn how the building’s design was developed to reflect the company’s aims: innovation, excellence, sustainability and entrepreneurship. Architect: Alec French Architects

Pre-booked tours only via https://bristoldod2016v06triodosbank.eventbrite.co.uk

07 Bristol City Hall College Green, BS1 5TR

SUN 10am – 4pm
Experience the grandeur of Bristol’s seat of local government. Pass through the ceremonial entrance overlooking the moat to explore the Conference Hall with its historic carvings and the council chamber’s unique ceiling detailing Bristol’s landmarks and maritime history. Drop in. Architect: Vincent Harris

08 Saint Marks – The Lord Mayor’s Chapel College Green, BS1 5TB

SAT 10am – 4pm

Explore this 12th century chapel, the surviving structure of the ancient Hospital of Saint Mark. Browse the fine collection of painted and stained glass, monuments and tombs. View the beautiful Tudor ceilings and stonework and the iconic side chapel with its 16th century Spanish floor tiles. Drop in.

09 Bristol Hippodrome St. Augustine’s Parade, BS1 4UZ

Sat 10am – 4pm

Discover the dramatic history of this beautiful theatre designed by Frank Matcham over 100 years ago. Put your questions to an in-house tour guide, choose your favourite seat in the house, take a peek at the VIP Ambassadors Lounge and grab a drink in the classic piano bar. Architect: Frank Matcham

Drop in. Informal on-going activity programme will include regular mini-tours of the building, an opportunity to look at archives in the Grand Circle bar, and songs performed by local company BLOC

10 The Georgian House Museum 7 Great George Street, BS1 5RR

SAT 10am – 4pm

Step back in time to Georgian England and discover what life was like above and below stairs. Catch a rare glimpse of the cellar and explore eleven rooms spread over four floors, from the kitchen in the basement where servants prepared meals to the elegant formal rooms above. Drop in Architect: William Paty

11 Bristol Museum & Art Gallery Queen’s Road, BS8 1RL

Sat 10am – 6pm

Explore a treasure house of Egyptian mummies, art, dinosaurs and nature in a fantastic setting. Go behind the scenes on tours of hidden spaces like the collection stores and conservation studio. Families are welcome and tours are recommended for ages 7+. Drop in. Sign up for tours on the day. Architect: Frank William Wills (1904) & John Bertram Wills (1930 extension)

12 Wills Memorial Building Bristol University, Queen’s Road, Clifton, BS8 1RJ

Sat 10am – 4pm

See our 9.5 ton bell, the 7th heaviest in the UK, and climb 215ft to enjoy incredible views of Bristol. Discover the hammer-beam ceiling from the balcony of the Great Hall, which was re-built in 1963 after the WWII bombing. Drop in. Tour of the tower available every hour from 10am. Architect: Sir George Oatley

13 Ken Stradling Collection The Design Study Centre, 48 Park Row, BS1 5LH

SUN 10am – 4pm

Discover a fascinating collection of 20th and 21st century decorative arts, prints and furniture, including unique Bauhaus designs made in Bristol. Explore this characterful building with wonderful views over Bristol on hourly tours of the upper floors.

Pre-booked tours only via https://bristoldod2016v13kenstradlingcollection.eventbrite.co.uk

14 The Wigwam – Bristol Savages Red Lodge, Park Row, BS1 5LJ

SAT 10am – 4pm

A rare opportunity to step inside the home of art society Bristol Savages. Browse the unique collection of historic objects, pictures and sketches and explore this quirky building, inspired by Gloucestershire tithe barns. Drop in. Architect: C.F.W. Dening

15 Edwardian Cloakroom Woodland Rd/Park Row, Clifton, BS1 5LS

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

Disused public lavatories have never been so inviting. Explore Bristol’s most unusual space for artists to develop and share their work. See where pop-up shops, performances and exhibitions transform the old cubicles. Flaunt tradition and pass through both the Gentlemen’s and the Ladies’ entrances. Drop in.

16 Bristol Grammar School – Great Hall University Road, BS8 1SR

Sun 10am – 4pm

Step back in time to Victorian England as you enter this magnificent gothic schoolroom with a 56ft high hammer-beam roof. Browse historic pictures, headmasters’ portraits and war memorials. Relax with a cup of tea whilst young visitors (and big kids) enjoy a treasure hunt. Drop in. Architect: Foster and Wood (19th C), Frank Wills and WV Gough (20th C)

17 Bristol School of Art Queen’s Road, Clifton, BS8 1PX

Sat 10am – 4pm

Meet the staff and students of this rare 19th century purpose-built art school. Explore the studios and take part in life drawing and printmaking workshops suitable for all ages. Families are very welcome. Drop in. Architect: Underwood & Hirst

18 RWA Queens Road, BS8 1PX

Sat 10am – 4pm

Take a peek behind closed doors at the expansive and rarely-seen permanent collection. Discover the history of the academy on timed tours (11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm) or drop in to catch an exclusive glimpse of specially curated historical objects not usually on display. Families are welcome, recommend age 10+.

Drop in or book a tour via https://bristoldod2016v18rwa.eventbrite.co.uk

19 BBC Bristol Broadcasting House, Whiteladies Road, BS8 2LR

Sat 10am – 4pm

Fancy yourself as a DJ or reporter? Get some hands-on experience in broadcasting on a behind the scenes tour. Take part in a workshop. See where and how some of the nation’s favourite radio and television programmes are made.

Please note: some activities are offered on a drop in basis, others need to be pre-booked. Please check details below. To pre-book, please use the Eventbrite link.


Wildlife Garden (Drop in)

Come and explore the wildlife garden and meet some of the teams from two of Bristol’s best known television favourites:

Antiques Roadshow (Drop in)

Meet the experts and find out more about some curious antiques and collectables whose stories they’ll share – but can you guess which ones are worth the most?

Gardeners’ World (Drop in)

It’s the leading television gardening show and their experts are on hand to give you some gardening tips.

Reception (Drop in)

Try your hand at being a broadcaster and experience the future of natural history filming.

Be a Points West Newsreader (Drop in)

Have a go at reading the autocue and see what you look like as a newsreader.

Explore the Natural World in Virtual Reality (Drop in)

Enjoy some spectacular footage of the natural world in stunning virtual reality.

Be on the Springwatch set! (Drop in)

Show your friends that you’ve been on the set of Springwatch Unsprung.

Ticketed Talks:

A series of shorts talks and Q&As with presenters and programme makers from some of BBC Bristol best loved programmes. Each talk lasts half an hour. Please reserve a ticket for each talk you wish to attend. All children under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult. NB: To allow time for seating and for security reasons, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the talk start time.

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Bringing History to Life – From the Romanovs to Jane Austen, from the building of the Severn Bridge to the history of Hollywood, hear from the BBC Arts producer behind some of the most watched documentary programmes about how to bring history to life.  





A Life on Screen – Hear from one of BBC Bristol’s presenters about the challenges they face in dealing with the unexpected in front of the camera!  




The Making of Planet Earth 2 – An exclusive insight into how the latest David Attenborough natural history programme was made. Meet producers and find out how they capture stunning scenes in the wild.  



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Watching wildlife Live with Martin Hughes-Games. Springwatch presenter Martin Hughes-Games shares some behind the scenes secrets from the wildlife TV favourite.  




Nightmares of Nature! Hear from the team behind the fabulous Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature about how they go about surprising their intrepid presenter!  




Countryfile – The Nation’s Favourite TBC – Hear from the producers of this hugely popular, long running favourite.  


Ticketed Tours:

See behind the scenes with a tailor-made tour of BBC Bristol’s studios. Visit the Points West studio and the production gallery, find out how news crews broadcast live from even the furthest location and have a go at being a radio drama actor in the Radio 4 studios.

All children under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Tour visitors should be 7 years or older. Tours last 30 minutes. There are 15 tickets available for each tour – Please reserve a ticket for the time slot you’d like. Tours start at 1000, 1015, 1030, 1045, 1100, 1115, 1130, 1145, 1200, 1300, 1315, 1330, 1345, 1400, 1415, 1430, 1445, 1500, 1515, 1530 To allow time for security checks, please arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour start time.

20 Colston Hall Colston Street, BS1 5AR

Sat 10am – 4pm

See the main hall, and tour historic features backstage and in the cellars before the major redevelopment begins (Summer 2017). Take an exclusive look at the transformation plans and hear from an expert in-house tour guide. Architect: Foster and Wood (19th C),
Levitt Bernstein Associates (21st C)

Drop in or book for a cellar tour via http://www.colstonhall.org/shows/doors-open-day-tours-2016/


21 The Pithay: Our Colour The Pithay, BS1 2LZ

SAT 10am – 7pm

Drench yourself in a full colour spectrum and see the office in a new light. Liz West creates playful environments by refracting light through different materials, transforming architecture into an immersive experience. Come bathe in the rainbow! Drop in.

Part of Bristol Biennial 2016: In Other Worlds.

NB: Please note that the venue for this event is now The Pithay, not Colston Tower as stated in the printed programme .

22 Saint Stephen’s Church 21 St Stephens Street, BS1 1EQ

Sat 10am – 4pm

Ancient and modern features intertwine in this beautiful 14th century church and tower. See Greg Tricker’s contemporary glass artworks of St Francis and St Claire, take a tour of the tower and ring the church bells. Drop in and sign up on the day.

23 Centrespace 6 Leonard Lane, BS1 1EA

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

Artists will open their studios and run talks and workshops throughout the day. Explore the Old City’s rich history of craft and commerce on guided walks through the centre as a new map is launched. Drop in at any time. Booking only necessary for the walk.

Pre-book for the walk via https://bristoldod2016v23centrespace.eventbrite.co.uk

24 St Nicholas Market Corn Exchange, BS1 1JQ

Sat 10am – 4pm

Tour the Corn Exchange building’s upper floors and see its famous historical clock with two minute hands! If you’re feeling brave, descend into the dark vaults beneath the market, long since vacated by former inhabitants. Be prepared for lots of steps and some creepy corners. Architect: John Wood the Elder

Pre-booked tours only via https://bristoldod2016v24stnicholasmarket.eventbrite.co.uk

25 Christ Church Broad Street, BS1 2EJ

Sat 10am – 4pm

Explore the Georgian features of this superb church built in 1792 on a much older foundation. Hear the impressive Pipe Organ in action and see the beautiful interior and an ancient peel of bells. Drop in. Architect: William Paty

26 St John on the Wall Broad Street (Archway at the junction of Broad and Quay Street), BS1 2EZ

Sat 10am – 4pm

Discover medieval Bristol at St John on the Wall. Explore this hidden church built into the old city wall and descend into the vaulted crypt, uncovering its history and the stories of those who walked through its gate. Drop in.

27 The Station The Old Fire Station, Silver Street, BS1 2AG

SAT 10am – 4pm

Explore this former fire station (1932), now home to the Creative Youth Network. Discover a one-stop shop for young people, offering activities and advice. Drop in, take a tour of the building (including the gallery and recording studios) and join in with creative arts workshop for families. Architect: Stride Treglown (21st C)

28 The ISLAND Old Bridewell Police Station, Nelson Street, BS1 2LE

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

Explore the old police station, now home to one of the liveliest artist communities in the South West. Meet the artists at this exclusive Open Studios Weekend and experience industry talks, dance taster classes, art & sound installations. History buffs can take a tour of the old police station where there have been cells since the C13th and hear about plans for the future of the building. Drop in or sign up on the day for tours: 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Architect: Ivor Jones and Percy Thomas

29 Bristol Medical Simulation Centre University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Upper Maudlin Street, BS2 8AE

SAT 9am – 4pm

Experience how a medical simulation centre is run and learn how simulation is used as an educational tool. See demonstrations on how the manikins work and participate in a real scenario. Ages 5+.

Pre-booked sessions only. Book via https://bristoldod2016v29bristolmedicalsimulationcentre.eventbrite.co.uk

30 The New Room / John Wesley’s Chapel 36 The Horsefair, BS1 3JE

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

Retrace the steps of 18th century Bristolians in the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world. Visit the museum in the Preachers’ Rooms, view John Wesley’s bed and preaching gown and listen to hymns in the room dedicated to his brother Charles. Children’s quizzes available for families. Drop in. Architect: George Tully

31 St James Priory Church and Church House Whitson Street, BS1 3NZ

Sat 10am – 4pm

Step back in time with guided tours of this Norman church and the Jacobean Church House. Explore an exhibition on the church memorials, browse the stalls at the outdoor fair and enjoy live music inside. Drop in. Conservation architect: Ferguson Mann Architects

32 Charles Wesley’s House 4 Charles Street, BS1 3NN

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

Discover stories of family life in the home of Charles Wesley, the famous Methodist preacher and hymn writer. Explore this Grade II* listed townhouse, set out as it would have been in the 18th century. See the restored kitchen, parlour, music room, bedroom, study and walled garden. Drop in.

33 Jamaica Street Artist Studios 39 Jamaica Street, BS2 8JP

Sat 10am – 4pm

Expect mess, paint and creative chaos! Book a tour of the studios and meet some of the 40 artists working in fine art painting, printmaking, sculpture and everything in between. Drop into the special exhibition in the foyer or book for tours via https://bristoldod2016v33jamaicastreetartiststudios.eventbrite.co.uk

34 Hamilton House 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

Experience Bristol’s largest creative hub and view the original building proposal. Explore this exciting conversion, once a derelict office building and now home to over 400 social, environmental and cultural projects. A variety of drop in taster sessions, workshops and tours also available.  See the venue website for full details. www.hamiltonhouse.org

35 St George’s Bristol Great George Street, BS1 5RR

SUN 10am – 4pm

Go behind the scenes of the Grade II* listed St George’s Bristol, built as Waterloo Church and now a world-class performance venue. Discover long-forgotten stories including St George’s role as a World War 2 air raid shelter, and the ambitious Building a Sound Future project. Architect: Robert Smirke

Drop in or see latest activity programme and book via www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

36 Red Lodge Museum Park Row, BS1 5LJ

SAT 10am – 4pm

What secrets lie behind the bright red door? Experience 400 years of history in Bristol’s only surviving 16th century banqueting lodge turned Victorian reform school for girls. See three of the oldest rooms in Bristol and a rare portrait of Elizabeth I. Drop in. Restoration (20th C): C.F.W. Dening

37 University of Bristol Theatre Collection Vandyck Building, 21 Park Row, BS1 5LT

SAT 10am – 4pm

Explore an early 20th century printing house, now home to the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, one of the world’s largest archives of British theatre and Live Art. Discover more about the building and the collection and view the latest exhibition. Please note that only parts of the building will be open. Drop in. Architect: Mowbray Aston Green

38 Redcliffe Caves Phoenix Wharf, Redcliffe, BS1 6SW (closest)

SAT 10am – 4pm

Delve into Bristol’s spooky underbelly and explore the caves on a self-guided tour. Navigate a complex network of 15th to 18th century tunnels excavated for red sandstone to make glass. Be warned – there’s no lighting in the caves so you’ll need a torch and some sturdy shoes. Drop in.

39 St Mary Redcliffe Church 12 Colston Parade, BS1 6RA

SAT 10am – 4pm

Experience the splendour of this Gothic masterpiece, a site of worship for over 800 years. Visit the roof and the Bell Chamber, discover the church’s links to the first English Romantic poet and don’t miss the striking stone features on the famous north porch. Drop in.

40 The Kiln Restaurant – DoubleTree Bristol City Centre Redcliffe Way, BS1 6NJ

SAT & SUN 11am – 4pm

See how an original 17th century glass kiln has been transformed into an atmospheric dining space and enjoy a world famous Double Tree Cookie in this unique hotel restaurant. Drop in.

41 Arup Bristol 63 St Thomas Street, BS1 6JZ

FRI 5pm – 7pm

Go behind the façade and beyond the tiered foyer to discover a light-filled atrium with full grown trees and eyebrow raising 1980s features. See the unusual heating and cooling system and learn more about ARUP by viewing films screened at the recent V&A exhibition. Light refreshments will be served at this ticket only event. Conversion: John Mills and Arup

Pre-booking required via https://bristoldod2016v41arupbristol.eventbrite.co.uk

42 Bristol Temple Meads Station Tunnels Bristol Temple Meads Station, Station Approach, BS1 6QF

SAT 10am – 4pm

A rare opportunity to see the network of tunnels underneath Bristol Temple Meads Station. Explore the Air Raid Shelter and the original vaults used to service the station and trains – a unique insight into the history of british railways.. Arcitect: I.K. Brunel. Later buildings designed by Matthew Digby Wyatt and P.G. Culverhouse.

Pre-booked tours only via https://bristoldod2016v42templemeadstunnels.eventbrite.co.uk

43 Brunel’s Engine Shed Station Approach, Temple Meads, BS1 6QH

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

See for yourself how local businesses are leading innovation in the digital world. Take a tour of the working spaces (including Brunel’s Boadroom), unwind in the members only business lounge and find out about Engine Shed’s plans for the future and the developments in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. Drop in to visit the Business Lounge and find out what happens here  – or book online for a talk and building tour at 10am and 2pm on both days. Architect: I.K. Brunel. 2013 redevelopment: Childs & Sulzman with Nudge Group


44 St Thomas the Martyr’s Church Thomas Lane, Bristol, BS1 6JG

SAT 10am – 4pm

Join us for tower tours, bell ringing and a welcome cuppa at St Thomas’ – an elegant Georgian survivor in the heart of Redcliffe. Explore this handsome 18th century church, and see fine details designed by a local architect and carver. Architect: James Allen

45 Floating Harbour Studio MB Tempora, Welshback , BS1 4SP (Dutch Barge boat moored behind and between O and M Shed)

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

Explore this converted Dutch sand barge, now a unique multi event space. Check out the views through the full-length windows in the newly built ‘Bridge’ room, descend into the steel ribs of the ‘black box’ hold and relax on the top deck with a glass of homemade lemonade! Drop in

46 Slipper Baths at Bristol South Bathing Facility Dean Lane, BS3 1BS

SAT 10am – 4pm

Explore the 1930s swimming pool and the public baths that were once the only way of getting a proper wash! Catch a rare glimpse of marble terrazzo ‘Slipper Baths’ (so called because you slip into them), not much seen since the 1960s. Architect: C.F.W. Dening

Pre-booked tours only via https://bristoldod2016v46slipperbaths.eventbrite.co.uk

47 SouthBank Centre Dean Lane, Bedminster, BS3 1DB

Sun 10am – 4pm

Join the family fun-day at one of south Bristol’s busiest community arts hubs. Spot original 19th century features amongst the 1960s additions. Learn about the renovation work, grab a capuccino from the 1930s style coffee machine or relax in the garden landscaped with recycled materials. Drop in.

48 Bristol Record Office B Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, BS1 6XN

THURS 2pm – 7pm

A twilight event to mark the beginning of Heritage Open Days. Book early for these hourly behind-the-scenes tours of the city’s archives and enjoy the exhibition about Bristol’s Australian Pioneer: Robert Bush and the Bishop’s Knoll First World War hospital.

Advance booking via https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-record-office/whats-on/doors-open-day-tours-bro/


49 The Old Stable Block Underfall Yard, Avon Crescent, BS1 6XQ

SAT 10am – 4pm

View old maps and learn about the history of this stable, built in1882 to house the Harbour Master’s horses. Part of the docks engineer J.W. Girdlestone’s extension of Underfall Yard. Drop in. Engineer: Girdlestone (C19); Restoration: Simon Clark (C20)

50 Underfall Yard Cumberland Road, BS1 6XG

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

Take a look around this historic working yard and see a unique collection of 19th century maintenance buildings for Bristol Docks. Drop in to explore workshops, and the Sluice Room and discover more in the recently opened Visitor Centre. Engineer: Girdlestone (C19); Restoration: Simon Clark (C20)

51 Spike Island 133 Cumberland Road, BS1 6UX

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

Explore a vibrant, international centre for contemporary art and design and learn about its history as a Brooke Bond tea packing factory. Browse the latest exhibition in the gallery and see the working spaces where artists, designers, creative businesses and students develop their craft. Architect: Caruso St John Refurbishment: Niall Phillips

Drop in. Hourly tours available. Book via 0117 929 2266.

52 Puppet Place Unit 18 Albion Dockside Estate, Hanover Place, BS1 6UT

Sun 10am – 4pm

Get animated at Puppet Place, the UK Hub for Puppetry and Animation, and see their converted dockside building. Meet some of the working artists who make unique characters for stage and screen and see their puppet shows, demos and films. Drop in

53 Brunel’s ss Great Britain (Dock Office) Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, BS1 6TY

SUN 10am – 4pm

Come and see this historic Grade II* listed building as it is being redeveloped, and hear the story of its importance to Bristol. In 2018, when building work is complete, it will open to the public as part of the Being Brunel Museum. (Tickets for the ss Great Britain can be purchased separately.)

Additional Event: Saturday 10 September 2016 10am to 5pm

Free event to celebrate Bristol welcoming the 2016 Tour of Britain. See vintage bicycles, Victorian Penny Farthings and tricycles on the historic Brunel Square located beside Brunel’s ss Great Britain. The Tour of Britain route passes close to the ship along Cumberland Road – the perfect spot for spectating during the morning time trials and afternoon race itself. Refreshments ranging from hearty lunch options to snacks and Victorian baked-on-board cakes will be on sale. Brunel’s ss Great Britain will be open as usual.


54 M Shed Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BS1 4RN

Sun 10am – 4pm

Go behind-the-scenes to see the ground-floor store, where you can find a mock-up flight-deck of Concorde, a Bristol lorry and the ever-popular 1955 Bailey caravan. Tours suitable for all ages run throughout the day. Drop in and sign up on the day.
Architect: LAB Architects

55 Light Vessel 55 (John Sebastian) John Sebastian Quay, Bathurst Basin, BS1 6SG

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

Jump on board to explore a lesser known piece of Bristol’s maritime history. Explore a unique wooden light ship that helped to secure safe passage around our shores. Find out about light houses, explore the ship’s inner workings and ring your own ship’s bell. Drop in

56 Architecture Centre 16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA

SAT & SUN 11am – 4pm

Explore this beautiful 18th century former warehouse in the heart of Bristol’s historic docks. Visit the gallery and discover how the Architecture Centre, organisers of Bristol Doors Open Days, champions better buildings and better places for everyone throughout the year. Drop in Conversion by Niall Phillips 

57 No 1 Dock Cottages Cumberland Basin, Bristol, BS1 6XL

SUN 10am – 4pm

Peek inside this 1830s quayside cottage, once home to dock workers and now Headquarters of the Merchant Navy Association. Visit the museum and find memorabilia and photographs of the merchant navy and Bristol Docks. Discover stories of ships and the people who lived and worked in the area. Drop in



58 Brunel’s Other Bridge Cumberland Basin, under Plimsoll Bridge (A370), BS1 6XL

SUN 10am – 4pm

See conservation work taking place on Brunel’s wrought iron opening bridge and view the test plates that were hot riveted on site. This Grade II* listed structure is far older than the famous Suspension Bridge and was designed in 1849 to carry traffic over Brunel’s Lock in the Cumberland Basin. Drop in or pre-book for a guided walk from ss Great Britain at 2pm. Engineer Designer: I.K. Brunel

To book for the 2pm walk please email brunel@brunelsotherbridge.org.uk

59 BENJAMIN PERRY BOATHOUSE Phoenix Wharf, Off Guinea Street, BS1 6TJ

SAT 10am – 4pm

Trace the rich history of this characterful building on the old Bristol Docks. See historical photographs of how this versatile space has been used for maritime storage and hired out for events and activities for community groups. Drop in.

60 Wapping Wharf & Gaol Ferry Steps Wapping Road, BS1 4RW

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

Stroll down the tree-lined Gaol Ferry Steps and see the Wapping Wharf community of new homes and independent retailers coming to life. Visit CARGO, Bristol’s latest ‘foodie hub’, made of shipping containers, with outside decking offering sweeping view of the harbourside. Drop in Saturday & Sunday Architect: Alec French Architects

NB: Additional Event: Saturday 10th September

Talk and Tour with Mark Osborne of Alec French Architects at 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm.

  • An overview of the masterplan for Wapping Wharf, one of the final pieces of the jigsaw in the regeneration of the Floating Harbour.
  • A view of the design proposals for the next phase of development, and for CARGO, which is currently under construction.
  • A look back at the design proposals for phase one, now complete, which includes 194 homes in total and a host of independent retailers.
  • A panoramic view of the site forms part of the tour, which will take in the public areas within the development and a trip up to the roof of M Shed.

Click link to book in advance, or turn up on the day to see if there are any remaining spaces.

61 Vintage Buses Lloyds Amphitheatre, Canons Road, BS1 5LL

Sat 10am – 4pm

Admire a rally of treasured vintage buses and hop on board for a nostalgic free ride. Routes to a number of Open Doors Day attractions and historic areas within the city of Bristol will be available on the day.

See www.bristolbusevents.co.uk for details.

62 St Philip and St Jacob Church Tower Hill, BS2 0ET

SAT 10am – 4pm

Explore ‘Pip n Jay’, one of the oldest Christian sites in Bristol (c. 900). Trace the building’s history as you pass through a mixture of 11th, 13th, 15th and 17th century art and architecture and take a tour of the tower with its ring of eight bells where new ringers from across the region are taught the ropes. Drop in

63 Wardrobe Theatre The Old Market Assembly, 25 West Street, Old Market, BS2 0DF

SAT 10am – 4pm & SUN 10am – 1pm

Go behind the scenes at Bristol’s most exciting new theatre, converted from a bank. Learn how the venue runs and see inside the theatre dressing room, tech box and office. Meet the co-directors of the space and catch some impromptu performances on the stage. Refreshments also available from the OMA cafe bar. Drop in. Wardrobe Theatre: Madeleine Girling & Holly Pigott. OMA Matt Pike & Nudge Group

64 SPACE (Sound-Performance-Art-Community-Engagement) 6 West Street, Old Market, BS2 0BH

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

Discover Bristol’s new creative hub and community space. Join talks and workshops and explore fascinating stories and images of the Old Market at an exhibition celebrating the diverse local area. Check out The Island’s latest space, where the creative community can showcase work and share ideas. Drop in or sign up on the day for tours Saturday 11am, 1pm & 3pm; Sunday 12pm & 2pm; meet at wooden doors on Nelson Street.


65 Circomedia – St Pauls Church Portland Square, St. Pauls, BS2 8SJ

SAT 11am – 5pm

Roll up to the UK’s oldest Circus Academy, housed in a Grade I Listed Church. Discover Bristol’s circus links and try out your skills with Circomedia’s professional tutors: 12 – 1pm Adults Acro Drop-In session (£5); 1.30 – 3.30pm Family Fun Day (aerial, tightwire, juggling and more, ages 4+); 4 – 5pm Aerial Skills Demonstrations. Sign up on the day. Architect: Daniel Hague. Restoration: Philip Hughes Associates

66 Julian Trust Little Bishop Street, St Paul’s, BS2 9JF

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

Take a tour of the nightshelter and find out how the Julian Trust support homeless people and rough sleepers. Entirely managed and run by volunteers, they serve 60+ hot meals a night and shelter 18 people, five nights a week. Treat yourself to a homemade cake made by one of the volunteers. Drop in.

67 The Trinity Centre Trinity Road, BS2 0NW

SAT 10am – 4pm

See how an historic landmark has become a cultural hub for the city, hosting around 250 events for over 50,000 people a year. View the beautiful upstairs spaces and the stained-glass windows in the dramatic Fyfe Hall. Don’t miss the Graffiti Room’s exhibition on ‘Vice and Virtue’ in Old Market. Drop in.

Architect: Thomas Rickman and Hutchinson. Later work by
John Bevan and WV Gough.

68 Bristol Port Company – Royal Portbury and Avonmouth Docks St. Andrews House, St. Andrews Road, BS11 9DQ

SAT 10.30am and 2.30pm

Take a coach tour of Royal Portbury and Avonmouth Docks, Britain’s most centrally located deep sea port. Discover how Bristol’s port has been a vital connection between England and the world since before Roman times and how this proud shipping tradition continues today.

Pre- booked tours only via https://bristoldod2016v68bristolportcompany.eventbrite.co.uk

69 Kings Weston House Kings Weston Lane, BS11 0UR

Sat 10am – 4pm

Experience the grace and charm of this Grade I listed family home designed by the architect of Blenheim Palace. Explore the beautiful 18th century interior (including a stunning suspended staircase) and the lush woodlands. Learn about the refurbishment and view the proposals for the grounds on guided tours. Sign up on the day. Architect: John Vanbrugh

70 Kings Weston Roman Villa Long Cross, Lawrence Weston, BS11 0LP

Sat 10am – 4pm

Explore Roman Britain on Bristol’s doorstep. This villa is a real home from Rome: see the only Roman bath suite in Bristol, marvel at real mosaic floors and discover more about its sophisticated central heating! Children can dress like a Roman, complete a mosaic puzzle and handle real Roman artefacts. Drop in.

71 Blaise Castle House Museum Henbury Road, BS10 7QS

Sat 10am – 4pm

The whole family can have a go at making butter by hand. It’s hard work but it’s worth it! See a unique dairy, designed in 1804 by fashionable architect John Nash. Children can play in the museum’s dressing-up room and get creative with dairy themed art activities. Drop in Architect: John Nash (Dairy), William Paty (House)

72 Holy Trinity Church & Tower, Westbury-on-Trym Church Road, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 3EQ

Sat 10am – 4pm

Visit the ancient Holy Trinity Church, which celebrates its 1300th anniversary in 2017. Discover the church’s fascinating history and ascend the spiral stone tower staircase for a stunning view of the village and its surroundings. Drop in. Tours bookable on the day, accompanied under 16s welcome, (tower tours aged 5+ only).

73 Southmead Hospital Bristol – Brunel Building Southmead Road, Westbury-on-Trym, BS10 5NB

Sat 10am – 4pm

Explore this award winning facility on a guided tour (10am-3pm every hour). Learn about its architectural design and watch medical technology in action. Discover the work of North Bristol NHS Trust’s Fresh Arts Programme on 90min tours (10am, 12pm and 2pm). Family activities and workshops for all ages. Architect: BDP

Bookings via https://bristoldod2016v73southmeadhospital.eventbrite.co.uk

74 Clifton Suspension Bridge Bridge Road, BS8 3PA

Sun 10am – 5pm

Delve into the story of Brunel’s world famous bridge at the Visitor Centre. Explore the rock chambers that support the Leigh Woods tower on free tours of the Vaults (10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Restricted accessibility – see website for more information). Engineer Designer: I. K. Brunel



75 Clifton Rocks Railway Sion Hill, BS8 4LD

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

Peer down the steep tracks of the tunnelled railway buried in the rocks of the Avon Gorge. Take a guided tour of the top station and discover how this cabled railway which ran between Clifton and Hotwells (1893 -1934) was converted for wartime use. Tours suitable for ages 14+. No pre-booking required, but be aware this is a popular location and there may be queues.
Engineer: Croydon Marks

76 Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine Room 1, Rodney House, Portland Street, BS8 4AL

SAT 10am – 4pm

Discover the history of holistic and homeopathic medicine. Get a rare glimpse of special equipment and textbooks and watch demonstrations of Mindfulness relaxation techniques. Discover significant local homeopathic landmarks and learn about the development of alternative medicines through the ages with a family quiz. Drop in

(NB: In a change to the printed programme, this venue will be now be open Saturday only and is unable to offer guided walks.)

77 Ashton Gatehouse Ashton Park School, Blackmoors Lane, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JL

Sun 10am – 4pm

Take an exclusive look behind the scenes of the Ashton Gatehouse renovation project (due to open in winter 2016). Take a tour to preview the works completed, discover what’s still to be done and find out more about how you could be involved in the community activities running alongside the build. Architect: Henry Wood (19th C)

This is a construction site. Booking required. Please email info@ashtongatehouse.org for further information.

78 Bristol Blue Glass (The Original Bristol Blue Glass) 357-359 Bath Road, Arnos Vale, BS4 3EW

Sat 10am – 4pm

Watch awesome glass blowers at work in the studio, put your questions to them at talks and demonstrations and browse the shop for some hand made jewellery or a local souvenir. You might also choose to blow your own Bristol Blue Glass Bauble (£15.00 today only). Drop in.

79 Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust Bath Road, BS4 3EW

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

Enjoy the peace and quiet of this 45 acre haven. Explore the many listed buildings including the Anglican Chapel and the mortuary crypt and visit the free exhibition of wildlife photographs and craft activiities in the Spielman Centre. Drop in or purchase a pre-booked ticket for additional guided tours on Saturday (10.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm, £5 booking advised).

Architect: Charles Underwood

Booking for tours via www.arnosvale.org.uk.

80 Glenside Hospital Museum UWE Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Stapleton, BS16 1DD

SAT & SUN 10am – 4pm

Discover the 130 year story of Bristol’s Psychiatric and Learning Disability Hospital in the Victorian chapel of the former Lunatic Asylum. Curious artefacts, photographs and artworks depict the care of patients. See exhibits about Beaufort War Hospital, which treated 30,000 First World War casualties, or follow the quiz trail.

81 All Saints Church Clifton Pembroke Road, Clifton, BS8 3ED

Sat 10am – 4pm

Visit one of England’s best modern churches and see how the full height John Piper windows create a spectacular interior of light and colour. Listen to the fine ‘Walker’ organ, explore the ‘secret’ garden and visit one of the country’s finest sacristies. Families can enjoy a discovery trail. Drop in. Architect: Robert Potter (1967) incorporating work by VGE Street, GF Bodley, FC Eden, JL Pearson and Randoll Blacking