13 fantastic Bristol hidden gems to visit for free during Heritage Open Days week

Dozens of free events have been planned across the city over the ten-day event

Dozens of historic Bristol buildings are set to throw open their doors across the city over the next ten days.

It’s all part of Heritage Open Days, England’s largest festival of history and culture, organised by the National Trust, and which gives locals free access to museums, galleries, stately homes, and more. It runs from September 8-17.

It’s an opportunity to explore the West of England region’s most impressive buildings - including its hidden gems - right on locals’ doorstep, all without paying a penny.

Across Bristol, dozens of free events have been planned in the ten-day period, including the rare chance to meet the volunteers restoring Brunel’s Swivel Bridge.

Mayor Dan Norris said: “The festival is such a great way for locals to find out more about the West of England and its rich heritage in a super-fun and creative way.

“It’s absolutely brilliant to see some fantastic historical and cultural sites in Bristol putting on some truly fascinating events this year – and there are 56 in total in the West, which is impressive!

“What better time than now for everyone in Bristol, and right across the West of England, to get out and rediscover what makes our amazing region truly special.”

Here are 11 of the historic hidden gems you can visit in the Bristol area, and if you want the full list, click here.