Frequently asked questions

All the answers to your most common festival questions

What are the dates for 2019?

Bristol Open Doors will take place from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September 2019.

How do I book the Temple Meads tunnel tour?

In 2019 we will be managing the Temple Meades Tunnel tours through a ballot system. This will be open for three weeks in mid July, to ensure maximum fairness to all. To be kept up-to-date with festival information join our mailing list.

When do the tickets for prebook events go live?

The 2019 programme will be announced in mid July with prebooking opening in mid August.

How do I find out which events are family friendly?

Festival events which are family friendly have an ‘Activities for Families’ icon assigned to their event listing page in the Amenities Icon section. For bespoke family activity in the festival select ‘family’ in our What’s On Event Type filter to see the eight key family events of the weekend.

Do I need to book for the events?

We ensure 70% of our festival events and venues are drop-in on the day. As such only 30% require prebooking.

What are the terms of entry?

Bristol Open Doors is a free event in which all sections of the community are invited to participate. Please note that each building’s opening, security arrangements and refusal of entry are controlled by individual owners, and entry to each building is on terms, and at times, specified. Participation in events and activities is at your own risk. Information in the programme and on the web listings is provided by festival contributors. The Architecture Centre has taken all reasonable care to verify the information provided and cannot accept responsibility for any variation from the details published here.

Disclaimer: Neither the Architecture Centre nor the leader or organiser of any event, activity or walk advertised in the guide or on the festival website nor any other programme listing, print or electronic, shall be held liable for the death or injury, accident or damage to the person or property (including theft or loss) of any event participant or any guest or any person occurring during or arising from participation in any of the events advertised in the Bristol Open Doors programme.

Who organises the festival?

Bristol Open Doors is produced each year by the Architecture Centre, registered charity no 290575.

How is it funded?

The festival is funded by our sponsors, supporters and partners. We also reply on the generosity of public donations, made online and during the festival weekend.