Design West

Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA

Tel: +44 (0)117 922 1540

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Design West


Design West is a lively venue for architecture, design and placemaking on Bristol harbourside, home to talks, events, education programmes and the co-ordinating hub for Bristol Open Doors

Their mission is to inspire the public, politicians and professionals across the built environment to design better, healthier, places to live, work and relax. A registered charity, Design West put design and social value at the heart of their programmes and services. Design West is the new name for The Architecture Centre and Creating Excellence.

On the ground floor, The Architect café bar is open 7 days a week, serving speciality coffees, teas & sourdough sandwiches, cocktails, fine wines & craft beers, cheese & charcuterie boards. In the summer, the quayside terrace is the perfect spot to catch the evening sun.

The Architect Café Bar is open:
Monday: 10am - 6pm
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 11pm
Sunday: 10am - 6pm

For details of upcoming events and exhibitions see their 'what’s on' calendar.


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Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

Further Information

Establishment Features

  • Outdoor Terrace

Group Travel

  • Out of Hours Visits



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    Recent Reviews:

    • futtock21
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Inexplicably closed
      1 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 14th July 2019
      What is the point of this place I wondered noting it’s called The Architecture Centre situated in a historic building on Bristol’s Waterfront but staring through a window into a small room crammed... Read full review
    • martinkN3680AT
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Cool funky bar (but no exhibition)
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 30th September 2022
      I came here expecting to see an exhibition of Design West work. But it seems the exhibition space has been repurposed as a bar - very nicely fitted out with some fine, possibly original, timber... Read full review
    • Inspire51078680319
      Don't book events with Design West as they'll take your money and never send you the tickets
      1 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 31st October 2023
      This place has charged me for two tickets for Bristol Open Doors, but it failed to send me the tickets. I've tried contacting them via social media ahead of the event - as the event website... Read full review

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