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Add Arnolfini to your Itinerary

Copyright Jamie Woodley


Arnolfini is a centre for contemporary arts based on Bristol’s harbourside in the heart of the city. Founded in 1961, the organisation is dedicated to producing and presenting visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events, underpinned by a commitment to a dynamic civic role in the city.

In 2016, Arnolfini was a finalist in the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year, recognised for its extraordinary commitment to broadening participation and engagement with the arts.

Under the new leadership of Director Claire Doherty, from August 2017, Arnolfini will undergo significant change over the next year.

To support Arnolfini’s new vision and back them on their journey, please donate when you next visit.



  • Gift Shop

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Key Features

  • Film or TV location
  • In town/city centre - Located at the heart of Bristol’s historic Harbourside
  • Indoor Attraction


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

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route


  • On-Site café/restaurant - The Café Bar serves the best in local and seasonal produce and is open 7 days a week.

Room / Unit Features

  • Air conditioning

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Toilets

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - Please contact their Visitor Experience team for more information
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Please contact their Visitor Experience team for more information
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Please contact their Visitor Experience team for more information

Map & Directions

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    Recent Reviews:

    • TinSmith56
      Cheltenham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Black Men Walking
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 10th March 2018
      Saw this last night. Compelling from start to finish. A really thought provoking production. It was both entertaining and big on ideas. It was driven by engaging performances and a great poetic and... Read full review
    • elizabeth a
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      A really , really good gallery
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 5th March 2018
      Visited recently . I have intended going but just didn't get around to it so finally decided 'just go' The place is huge. Easy access. Great vibe right on the harbour. Lifts, toilets easily... Read full review
    • sheepygold
      Trip Type:
      Not much to see just now
      3 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 25th February 2018
      This place is a light and modern space inside with an eclectic bookshop and trendy bar / coffee shop however they are redeveloping the upper floors so at the moment there is nothing else to see. Read full review
    16 Narrow Quay
    BS1 4QA

    Tel: +44 (0)117 917 2300

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    Opening Times

    Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

    * Standard opening times:
    Galleries 11am – 6pm Tuesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays (Closed other Mondays)
    Please note that Gallery times vary depending on current exhibitions - please check our website for details before visiting
    Bookshop 11am – 6pm Tuesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays (Closed other Mondays)
    Café Bar open 7 days a week, opening times vary – please see website for details

    Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years’ Day

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