Doors Open Day

Hundreds of buildings across the West Country which are normally closed to the public are opening their doors today.

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Bristol hosts 20th annual Doors Open Day today

Visitors can take backstage tours of the Bristol Old Vic - the UK's oldest working theatre. Credit: PA

Many of Bristol's significant contemporary and historic buildings are open to the public today, between 10am and 4pm, free of charge. The Doors Open Day event is now in its twentieth year. Some of the more unusual venues include:

Clifton Rocks Railway (built into the Avon Gorge)

Redcliffe Caves (over two acres of 18th century mines under the Redcliffe area)

The Mansion House (official residence of the Lord Mayor since 1874)


Gloucester Prison opens doors to the public today

A modern wing of Gloucester Prison. Credit: ITV News

Gloucester Prison is open to the public today, as part of the Gloucester History Festival. The men's prison was founded in 1762 and closed in March this year.

Public tours of the prison have proved very popular, with 500 free tickets being taken almost as soon as they were advertised, and the number of open days increased.

The permanent future of the prison buildings is still uncertain, although Andy Jones - owner of the Littledean Jail attraction - wants to turn it into a museum.

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