Oxford Open Doors 2021.Pic Ed Nix

Join Oxford Preservation Trust on September 10-11 for Oxford Open Doors, where you get the chance to be a tourist in your own city.

The clue’s in the title, but Oxford Open Doors allows us into many of Oxford’s hidden, private and closed places for one weekend only.

Oxford Castle during Oxford Open Doors. Pic by Ed Nix

Enjoy an exciting mix of more than 100 free events and venue openings alongside many special family activities and several self-guided walks including the new Discovering Heritage & Green Spaces: Rose Hill walk, created by the local community.

If you can’t get out, you can still watch a full range of virtual events for free during the entire weekend

Oxford Open Doors 2021. Pics by Ed Nix

There is something for everyone this year, with various University buildings opening, including the Bodleian Library and Oxford Botanic Garden, which is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year.

© LOUISE LONG Oxford Open Doors

Many colleges are taking part as well, including St John’s, Christ Church, Magdalen, University, New, and Jesus College including their new building in Cornmarket Street.

The participating sites are a mix of very old or very new, so don’t miss out on visiting the home of the 2019 Nobel Prize Laureate and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at The Old Road Research Campus.

Oxford Open Doors. Pic by Ed Nix

Discover all kinds of famous inventions and discoveries from Oxford with a guided tour with Oxford’s Guild of Guides, or tour the newly refurbished Randolph hotel, visit the Covered Market to hear about their exciting plans for the future, step inside 1,000 years of history at Oxford Castle & Prison, or get a close-up look at the newly Oxford Preservation Trust restored Swing Bridge at Rewley Road.

Director Debbie Dance says: “The Oxford Preservation Trust team has worked very hard to bring you a great mix of old favourites and new striking places this year.

“We could not do this without our wonderful partner venues, volunteers, members, and the support of the University of Oxford, so come to see us at our stand outside the Painted Room in Cornmarket Street.”

Find out more on the Oxford Preservation Trust websitehttps://www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk/content/oxford-open-doors;