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Royal West of England Academy

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The Royal West of England Academy (RWA), England’s only regional Royal Academy of Art, is Bristol's finest art gallery.  Its magnificent Grade 2* listed building hosts five naturally-lit galleries acclaimed as one of the best exhibition spaces in the country.  Its lively programme of exhibitions celebrate the best of historic and contemporary British art, including artists from Turner and Constable to Fedden and Nash, and work by its own Academicians, who include some of the country’s leading artists. 

It also stages an annual Open exhibition, which is one of the largest Open Submission exhibitions in the UK and has been a major date in the artistic calendar of the region for over 160 years.

To make your visit complete, the Papadeli café serves delicious snacks and lunches, and there is also a small gift shop.

The RWA is a registered museum, with Queen Elizabeth II as its lead patron.  An independent Charity, it receives no major core funding from local or national government, so there is a modest entry charge.

Opening Times

10:00 - 6:00pm Tuesday - Saturday

11:00 - 5:00pm Sunday

(closed Mondays)

Last admission half an hour before closing



  • Gift Shop

Key Features

  • Celebrity connection
  • Film or TV location
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • On Bus Route

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Event venue

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

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Recent Reviews:

  • April T
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Nice Drawing Collection
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 6th April 2017
    The exhibition is not large but worth a visit. Drawings from the Royal collection made a surprise to me as an art history student - always fascinating to see different (unexpected) works from... Read full review
  • leephilph
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Relax and comfortable
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 13th March 2017
    Very relax and quite place for study .love to to visit this place every time.must visit when you are free! Read full review
  • H_o_l_l303
    Canterbury, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Fabulous exhibition
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 1st March 2017
    Went to see Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter, we are big fans so the whole weekend trip from London was planned solely to see the exhibition and it did not disappoint. Fabulously curated... Read full review
Queens Road
West End

Tel: +44 (0)117 973 5129

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* Last admission half an hour before closing

Closed 25, 26 December & 1 January

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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