Royal West of England Academy

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

Tel: +44 (0)117 973 5129

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Exterior of RWA building

About

The RWA (Royal West of England Academy) is now open following its Light and Inspiration renovation project​​​​

Royal West of England Academy (RWA) is self-supporting, independent charity (1070163). The venue is proud to bring world-class visual art from around the world to Bristol and has done so since 1844. Located in a spectacular Grade II* listed building in the heart of the city, the building has recently undergone a £4.1m transformation – opening up access for all. It provides opportunities for everybody to get creative and feel inspired.  

RWA is unique not just in Bristol, but in the UK, in being a purpose-built Royal Academy of Art: somewhere that not only exhibits great art, but that also nurtures new talent for the future, and does so using one of the most beautiful exhibition spaces in the country.  

The RWA is a registered museum and independent charity. It receives no major core funding from local or national government, so there is a modest entry charge for main exhibitions. The Café, Family Activity Space, Shop and Kenny Gallery are free to enter. 

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Opening Times

Opening times (from May 2022) (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
DayTimes
MondayClosed*
Tuesday10:0017:00*
Wednesday10:0020:00*
Thursday10:0017:00*
Friday10:0017:00*
Saturday10:0017:00*
Sunday10:0017:00*
Bank HolidayOpen
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
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    • Very Good
      33
    • Average
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    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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