Spike Island

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133 Cumberland Road
City of Bristol

  • Phone: 0117 929 2266

Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. A vibrant hub for production, presentation and debate, it invites audiences to engage directly with creative practices through participation and discussion. The organisation’s vision is to position art as central to society. It does this in two ways: by offering a high quality, challenging programme of exhibitions and events; and by fostering a dynamic and critically engaged community of artists and designers. Spike Island collaborates with local and regional partners as well as with international institutions, museums and universities. Open seven days a week, Spike Café serves a range of drinks, snacks and meals in a sunny, laid back spot overlooking the river. It’s an ideal place to relax and refresh whether you’re visiting the exhibitions, wandering around the Harbourside, meeting friends or working in the building.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Galleries: Tues-Sun 12.00-17.00 Café: Mon-Fri 8.30-17.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-17.00


Free entry to gallery; some events ticketed

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Meeting room available
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • High chairs in café/restaurant
  • Buggy parking facilities
  • Breastfeeding facilities
  • Conference facilities available
  • Studio/working space available
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed bar
  • Bicycle park
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Library
  • Study facilities

Facilities information:

Spike Island seeks to be fully accessible. There are three Blue Badge parking spaces directly outside the main entrance. The building is entirely wheelchair accessible. We welcome guide and hearing dogs. An induction loop for events is available by advance request. Large print texts are available upon request from reception or by contacting us by email or telephone. Baby changing facilities are available in the ground floor toilets.


  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Information point provided
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Technician hire available
  • Equipment hire available
  • Corporate loans service
  • Commercial filming service
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Guided tours
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Professional development and training for teachers
  • Secondary school education service available

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