THE Eel House near Alresford, closed for much of this year because high water levels made access dangerous, will open to the public today as well as September 13-14.

Access will be via the river path from The Dean, as well as along the path from Drove Lane.

Visitors will hear about the history of eel fishing in the River Arle since the 1820s, the decline in eel numbers since the 1960s, and the mysterious life of the eel.

The building itself is unique, and planned work to install a mesh floor should start in September, which will make it easier to see the sluices and the original design of the house.

Guides will be in attendance to show people round from 11am until 5pm.