Frequently asked questions

All the answers to your most common festival questions

How do I book the Temple Meads tunnel tour?

The Temple Meads Tunnel tours, like all prebook events, are booked via this website. This tour is incredibly popular and has very limited capacity, as a result it annually sells out within minutes of booking going live.

When do the tickets for prebook events go live?

This year the prebook tickets will go live at 12pm on Tuesday 24 July 2018.

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?

This year we host 101 events in Bristol Open Doors. Only 30 events of which require prebooking, the vast majority run on a first come, first served basis. Check specific event listings for details.

Will I get to meet any of the architects?

An increasing number of architecture and engineering practices are involved in this year’s programme. There are architects leading tours at 6 King Street, The Old Police Station, Promenade House, Paint the Town, Walking Wapping Wharf and Redland High School. While engineers are on hand at Re(Building) Bristol, Designing for Urban Childhoods and Brunel’s Swivel Bridge to name but a few.

Do I need to book for the events?

New this year you can buy your copy of the printed programme online here, or pop into the Architecture Centre and pick one up. To keep the festival accessible and open to all, a limited amount of free copies will be circulated to all Bristol libraries in the first week of August.

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.

What are the dates for 2019?

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