MAGDALEN College Tower, Christ Church and the Blavatnik School of Government: all distinguished landmarks across the city skyline, but have you ever wandered about what goes on behind their doors?

These familiar monuments were just a few among many hidden gems to throw open their doors and invite members of the public to have a nose around this weekend.

It was all part of Oxford Open Doors 2016 which is hosted annually by the Oxford Preservation Trust.

Landmarks, businesses and city attractions open their doors for free to invite people to peep inside their workings including the Oxford Society of Change Ringers - responsible for bell ringing in all the cities colleges.

Society secretary Michele Winter said: "Open Doors means people are given a way of getting into look at places that wouldn't necessarily be able to usually.

"There was a ring at Magdalen College at 10am and then we had the The Charmborough Ring at Christ Church.

"We had lots of people along to have a go themselves including children which is great because we are always looking to recruit.

"We had people bell ringing from 10am to 5pm, it was very manic."

The event was staged across Saturday and Sunday and included free walking tours, the Ashmolean Museum, Botanic Gardens, Inner Space Oxford and many colleges among the attractions.

The idea hopes to give people an insight into the important building within Oxford to give a peek behind the scenes.