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Royal West of England Academy

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About

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

Extras

Other

  • Gift Shop

Key Features

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

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • On Bus Route

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Event venue

Map & Directions

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

    • Excellent
      38
    • Very Good
      20
    • Average
      4
    • Poor
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    • Terrible
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Al R
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Always worth a visit
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 31st May 2017
      The RWA has some truly wonderful exhibitions and it is always worth checking what is on. Have been to some world class exhibitions in recent times. True, it's not huge - but that means you get to... Read full review
    • 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:
      Business
      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
    Queens Road
    Clifton
    West End
    Bristol
    BS8 1PX

    Tel: +44 (0)117 973 5129

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    Opening Times

    Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
    DayTimes
    MondayClosed*
    Tuesday10:0018:00*
    Wednesday10:0018:00*
    Thursday10:0018:00*
    Friday10:0018:00*
    Saturday10:0018:00*
    Sunday11:0017:00*

    * 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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