Bristol Doors Open Days is produced by the Architecture Centre, a registered charity championing the value of architecture and placemaking. Bristol Doors Open Days is part of the national Heritage Open Days, which takes place across England every September. Bristol Doors Open Days 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 Architecture Centre

Bristol’s centre for design and the built environment. Based on Bristol’s Harbourside, the Centre’s mission is to encourage the understanding and enjoyment of architecture, and to champion better buildings and places for everyone. The Architecture Centre programmes Bristol Doors Open Days to raise awareness of the importance of making better places for us all to live, work and play.

Heritage Open Days

Bristol Doors Open Days is presented in association with Heritage Open Days. Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year for four days in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

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 Bristol Doors Open Days printed programme. 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.