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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

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

    • Excellent
      49
    • Very Good
      30
    • Average
      5
    • Poor
      1
    • Terrible
      1

    Recent Reviews:

    • Finnsailor
      Bristol
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Changes being made
      4 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 29th December 2018
      Hopefully now passing through a very poor patch of time and shows. The decor looks tired and not well maintained but there is evidence of attempts to improve. As a gallery the rooms have been... Read full review
    • len_green50
      Somerton, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Artistic Integrity
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 13th February 2019
      This is an old building with lots of Art history but is being kept alive by amazingly well curated exhibitions of Contemporary Art. It may not have the budget of the RA in London but their current... Read full review
    • 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
    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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