Spike Island

133 Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6UX

Tel: +44 (0)117 929 2266

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Spike Island Bristol

About

Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art, home to a gallery, café and working space for artists, designers and creative businesses. A vibrant hub for production, presentation and debate, Spike Island offers opportunities for audiences to engage directly with creative practices through participation and discussion.

Situated on the southern end of Bristol’s historic docks in a former Brooke Bond tea packing factory, Spike Island forms a major part of an exciting hub of creative and cultural activity amongst Bristol’s Harbourside community.

Spike Island offers visitors a year-round programme of exhibitions, events and family activities in the expansive, well-lit gallery spaces, as well as providing artists’ studios and commercial workspace for both new and established designers and creative businesses.

Spike Island’s annual Open Studios attracts thousands of visitors to explore behind the scenes, as artists throw open their studio doors for you to explore their working environment, to learn what they do, why and how.

Please view their website for full details of up and coming events and exhibitions.

Emmeline Café

Emmeline Café is open Tuesday to Saturday: 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm for both eat-in and takeaway. You are welcome to bring your dog into Emmeline Café but please keep your dog on a lead.

 

Accessibility

The Spike Island building is entirely wheelchair accessible.

The venue welcome guide and hearing dogs. Large print texts and audio guides are available in the gallery.

Baby changing facilities are available in the ground floor toilets. Regular Baby Art Hour and Baby Tours are available.

View the full accessibility guide on AccessAble ​​​​​. The team are happy to provide any further information or to discuss your requirements. 

 

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Opening Times for Gallery during exhibitions: Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Opening Times for Emmeline Café: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

Further Information

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Toilets

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Key Features

  • Film or TV location
  • Indoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - During exhibitions
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - During Exhibitions
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - During Exhibitions

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Road Directions

From the city centre take Wapping Road over Prince Street Bridge behind Arnolfini and turn right onto Cumberland Road. Spike Island is about half a mile on the right. On-street parking and bike racks are available outside. Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info

Public Transport Directions

Bus: Service 500 runs every 20 minutes during the week and every 30 minutes on Saturdays from Bristol Temple Meads, the city centre and Broadmead to directly outside Spike Island. TRAIN: Bristol Temple Meads is a 15-20 minute walk from Spike Island. Follow signs to the SS Great Britain and Spike Island is half way along Cumberland Road. For comprehensive information about getting here by public transport, please visit TravelWest.info

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