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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 Epiphany 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.

Extras

Other

  • Gift Shop

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Event venue

Key Features

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

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

Map & Directions

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TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    50
  • Very Good
    31
  • Average
    5
  • Poor
    1
  • Terrible
    1

Recent Reviews:

  • Judith A
    Exmouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Excellent exhibition, great cafe, and brilliant workshop
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 3rd March 2019
    Had a great day visiting the RWA. The current exhibition, Albert Irvin, (ended today) was good. And the workshop I did on “The surface of water” was outstanding: as was my lunch in the cafe. I’ve... Read full review
  • Carolyn S
    Lydbrook, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Great gallery space, and fab cafe
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 23rd March 2019
    i went here to catch the last day of the Albert Irwin exhibition and to see what this venue, which seems to be showing some imaginative exhibitions at the moment, was like. The academy is just a... Read full review
  • rosslynd2
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Private view for sculpture open
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 27th March 2019
    Really interesting range of work in a stunning building. Something for all tastes and in a very wide variety of media. Well worth a visit and on until June 2019 Read full review
Queens Road
Clifton
West End
Bristol
BS8 1PX

Tel: +44 (0)117 973 5129

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
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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