16 Narrow Quay, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 4QA

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Arnolfini at Bristol Harbourside


Arnolfini galleries are open, Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm, each week. Entry to exhibitions is free of charge, with donations always welcome, and visitors have the option to book in advance via the website.

Arnolfini is a centre for international contemporary arts based on Bristol’s harbourside in the heart of the city. Founded in 1961, Arnolfini is dedicated to producing and presenting visual arts, performance, dance, film, music, events and workshops, welcoming a broad and diverse audience of all ages. 

Exhibitions, by some of the finest, contemporary artists from around the world, run throughout the year, throughout the building. Audio descriptions are available for each work featured. VI Welcome Days are run for each show. 

Arnolfini has it’s own, independent bookshop stocking over 100 magazines and periodicals on art, design, literature and film as well as an exceptional range of books on contemporary art and culture, fiction, great children’s selection as well as postcards, gifts and posters. Much of this offering is available to order at Arnolfini Bookshop

Arnolfini’s Café Bar is an ideal place to meet, overlooking the waterfront with seating both inside and out throughout the year. Run by the award-winning Bristol Beer Factory, Arnolfini Café Bar is open seven days a week, from 9am, with a mouth-watering selection of tapas, bagels, cakes and ice cream to eat in or take away.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

Further Information


  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - Parking nearby
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


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

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Key Features

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

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

Room / Unit Features

  • Air conditioning

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



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    Recent Reviews:

    • hop4pen
      Comox, Canada
      Fantastic Exhibits in Central Bristol
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 30th September 2023
      This is a great art studio space. While there, the textile exhibition was amazing. Lots of great staff, well lit space, easy access to several rooms with different exhibits. Interactive stations for... Read full review
    • Jenny P
      1 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 5th December 2023
      This institution is unfortunately not reflective of the creative community in Bristol. Lacking in moral fibre, integrity, and diversity, its primary aim is to make the owners rich. I feel sorry for... Read full review
    • JBReardon75
      Glasgow, United Kingdom
      A fascinating experience
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 6th April 2024
      Bristol's centre for contemporary art located in the historic harbourside. This is well worth a visit. We went as a family and the range of what's contained within the building is extraordinary, all... Read full review

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