17th September 2020

Heritage Open Days – Town Bridge Lock Up

Price: £FREE

The iconic Lock Up on Bradford on Avon’s Town Bridge is certainly one of the most photographed places in Bradford on Avon.

The bridge was erected in the 13th century, and two of its original arches still remain. In the 17th century, the bridge was widened, and at that time the distinctive lock-up was added. It is thought that the Lock-Up started off life as a travellers chapel, perhaps providing respite to those undertaking long and dangerous journeys rife with highwaymen and thieves.

The Lock-Up was later converted into a ‘blind house’ or ‘drunk tank’, holding inebriated locals through until morning to sober up before sentencing.

This charming little building is only open once per year during Heritage Open Days and is visited by hundreds of people who enjoy the experience of entering the ancient lock-up cells and seeing some of the historic fixtures and fittings including very uncomfortable beds and less than glamorous en-suite facilities!

So why not come along and find out what it was like to be ‘Under the fish and over the water’?

Free entry – no booking required


Please make sure that you are prepared with a face covering or you will not be able to enter the lock-up 

Thursday 17 September: 10am – 4pm
Friday 18 September: 10am – 4pm
Saturday 19 September: 10am – 6pm
Sunday 20 September: 11am – 3pm


This event is running from 17 September 2020 until 17 September 2020. It is next occurring on 17th September 2020