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Royal West of England Academy

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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.



  • Gift Shop


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

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  • Cater for groups
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  • Indoor Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

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  • On Bus Route

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • 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
  • gary w
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Terrific gallery for modern art !
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 28th June 2019
    Had an enjoyable visit here seeing the 'fire' themed installations and paintings. The former included a huge figure in black charcoal, see my pics attached. Well worth a visit if in Bristol. Free to... Read full review
  • 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
Queens Road
West End

Tel: +44 (0)117 973 5129

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* 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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Sunday, 29th September 2019 - Sunday, 1st December 2019

167 Annual Open Exhibition at RWA
167 Annual Open Exhibition at RWA
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Attend a drawing workshop at RWA, Clifton

Saturday, 15th June 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019
Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019 at RWA
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Thursday, 15th August 2019 - Thursday, 15th August 2019

RWA Summer After Hours
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Friday, 9th August 2019 - Friday, 9th August 2019

Summer Junior Drawing School: Hot Air Balloons at RWA
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