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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

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  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest


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  • On Bus Route

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  • Cater for groups
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Rose B
      Bournemouth, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Full of interesting historical and contemporary artworks
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 19th June 2018
      Stunning listed building. On the groundfloor there was a free exhibition of prints, lithographs and illustrations. Downstairs another free exhibition put on by Bristol University students. Upstairs... Read full review
    • Sue B
      Trip Type:
      Sawdust and sequins
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 18th June 2018
      Always worth a visit. We spent a couple of hours looking at both old and new art here. Some of the free to see art is really good. Peter Blake- Sgt Pepper artist was on display. Read full review
    • KAW687
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Very little to see
      2 of 5 stars
      Friday, 4th May 2018
      Not much to see in the free exhibition here. A few Peter Blake's down stairs in what looked like a dilapidated school corridor, complete with stuff the caretaker has left behind. Would advise the... Read full review
    Queens Road
    West End
    BS8 1PX

    Tel: +44 (0)117 973 5129

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    Opening Times

    Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

    * 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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