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Add Arnolfini to your Itinerary



For over 50 years Arnolfini has provided an innovative cultural resource for the people of Bristol and beyond.

A leading centre for the contemporary arts, Arnolfini presents an ambitious programme of visual arts, performance, music and film, and offers a wide range of engaging family events. Arnolfini also provides a diverse, interactive learning programme for all ages and is home to a much-loved shop, offering a range of books, art publications and gift ideas.

The listed building also houses a popular café bar, for cakes, coffee and locally-sourced beers, wines and spirits in the historic harbourside setting.



  • Gift Shop

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Key Features

  • Film or TV location
  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route


  • On-Site café/restaurant

Room / Unit Features

  • Air conditioning

Establishment Features

  • Air-conditioning throughout
  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun - Free of charge family packs available and regular We Are Family events
  • Marketed towards senior citizens - OAP rates for events and films.

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Saturday tours 2pm.
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Saturday tours 2pm

Map & Directions

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Tigi_Higgins
      Mendip Hills Somerset
      Trip Type:
      This Gallary never fails to disappoint
      1 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 19th July 2017
      Been here lots of times and it just gets worse and worse. The "art" if you can call it that is just a totally waste of time with nothing to say for itself. There is so much beautiful art out there... Read full review
    • gemma l
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Very strange
      2 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 13th June 2017
      Odd exhibition which didn't really seem to say anything. Indeed a friend commented that he thought the words and pictures were just random computer generated stuff rather than from an artist. Entry... Read full review
    • fearisthemindkiller
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      lovely afternoon
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 7th June 2017
      just happened by the arnolfini with a friend who had come to bristol and decided to pop in, there was an audio visual exhibition by Basim Magdy, cant say I knew or had heard of the artist (cant say I... Read full review
    16 Narrow Quay
    BS1 4QA

    Tel: +44 (0)117 917 2300

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    Opening Times

    Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

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    Arnolfini Cafe Bar, Harbourside

    Tuesday, 19th September 2017 - Sunday, 24th September 2017

    Encounters Short Film and Animation FestivalEncounters Short Film and Animation Festival
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    Friday, 1st September 2017 - Sunday, 3rd September 2017

    The Other Art Fair at ArnolfiniThe Other Art Fair at Arnolfini
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    Wednesday, 27th September 2017 - Sunday, 24th December 2017

    The Most Popular Art Exhibtion Ever! at Arnolfini

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibtion Ever! at Arnolfini
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    Wednesday, 6th September 2017 - Wednesday, 6th September 2017

    The Architecture Centre's Balloon Debate: Saving Bristol's Buildings at Arnolfini

The Architecture Centre's Balloon Debate: Saving Bristol's Buildings at Arnolfini
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    Friday, 18th August 2017 - Monday, 28th August 2017

    Summer 2017 We Are Family Artist Residency at Arnolfini

Summer 2017 We Are Family Artist Residency at Arnolfini
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    Thursday, 24th August 2017 - Thursday, 24th August 2017

    Random Acts 'Film as Art' workshop

Random Acts 'Film as Art' workshop
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    Wednesday, 23rd August 2017 - Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

    Friday, 25th August 2017 - Friday, 25th August 2017

    Summer 2017 We Are Family Artist Residency - Relaxed Opening at Arnolfini

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