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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.



  • 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


  • 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

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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Public Transport Directions

For information on getting to Arnolfini please visit For comprehensive information about getting here by public transport, please visit


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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Recent Reviews:

  • pbhPlymouth
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Very disappointed
    2 of 5 stars
    Friday, 28th September 2018
    I came here expecting this to be a vibrant exhibition of art etc. Instead the only exhibit was a room showing short cartoons. All the other studios appeared to be closed and no one available to ask. Read full review
  • B4128ZFjamesc
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Coffee at the Arnolfini
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 15th October 2018
    As can be expected on a sunny day at the weekend on the Harbourside the tables and chairs outside the Arnolfini were very busy, we were happy to sit inside, but as it was busy there was a bit of a... Read full review
  • 66gayler
    Rhondda, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    It's not really open
    2 of 5 stars
    Monday, 11th March 2019
    The venue has one show on - which there was a big queue for when we went on Sunday. It looked like a film/animation presentation? The rest of the spaces are turned over as 'front room' spaces for... Read full review
16 Narrow Quay

Tel: +44 (0)117 917 2300

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* 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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