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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


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users

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  • On Bus Route

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  • Cater for groups
  • Event venue

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    Recent Reviews:

    • DaveThomasLeicester
      Trip Type:
      Fantastic open exhibition
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 16th November 2017
      We visited when the annual open exhibition was on. At about £7 a head it's great value - brilliant works by all sorts of artists. Well displayed with great staff and an interesting shop. Also a café... Read full review
    • TheOExpress
      Hong Kong, China
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Great arts space.
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 12th November 2017
      Having left my hometown of Bristol almost 9 years ago, I’ve only now managed to visit this gallery as a tourist just recently. It’s a light, architecturally impressive venue. I was lucky enough to... Read full review
    • Simon S
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Long overdue return visit
      4 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 4th November 2017
      I visited the Royal West of England Academy last week. It was my first visit for some years. It's a lovely gallery set within an elegant building. The present exhibition is the 165th Open Exhibition... 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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