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Royal West of England Academy

Queens Road, Clifton, West End, Bristol, BS8 1PX

Tel: +44 (0)117 973 5129

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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.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
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

Further Information

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

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    52
  • Very Good
    32
  • Average
    5
  • Poor
    2
  • Terrible
    1

Recent Reviews:

  • futtock21
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Bristol’s first art gallery
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 13th July 2019
    Just a short distance from Bristol’s Museum and Art Gallery is the Royal West of England Academy the UK’s only regional Royal Academy of Art. In common with the R.A. its academicians are elected. It... Read full review
  • chrismB7291QA
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Poor exhibitions but nice building.
    2 of 5 stars
    Friday, 10th January 2020
    Hard to review an art gallery as the exhibitions change however January's offerings were poor. Good things. Staff friendly, building nice and cafe good. Poor things. The exhibitions the art seemed... Read full review
  • LaurieStory
    Santa Monica, California
    Great Art - Lots of Local Artists
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 12th February 2020
    William Turner, an English Romantic painter known for his imaginative landscapes and stormy marine paintings visited the Bristol area often and is a founding member of the RWA. Lots of interesting... Read full review

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