Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design, 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.
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Conference facilities
- Event Venue
- Free Entry
- 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
Map & 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.
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.
Tel: +44 (0)117 929 2266
|Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
* Opening Times for Gallery during exhibitions: Tues - Sun 12 - 5pm.
Opening Times for Cafe: Mon - Friday 8.30am - 5pm, Sat - Sun 10am - 5pm