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16 Narrow Quay
City of Bristol

  • General enquiries and Box Office: 0117 917 2300
  • Kate Robinson- Hires and hospitality: 0117 917 2313

Arnolfini is a contemporary arts organisation in Bristol that attracts half a million visits a year. In a fantastic waterside location at the heart of Bristol’s harbourside, Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts, presenting innovative, experimental work in the visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events, accompanied by a programme of educational activities. Five exhibition spaces, a theatre/cinema auditorium, Reading Room and Light/Dark Studios are housed in the Grade II listed, fully accessible building. The converted warehouse also contains one of the country’s best arts bookshops as well a café bar. Arnolfini is open six days a week with free admission to the building, exhibitions as well as a stylish, lively café bar.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Galleries: 11am - 6pm, Tues - Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays Closed Mondays Bookshop: 11am - 6pm, Tues - Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays Closed Mondays Cafe Bar: From 10am every day Reading Room: 11am - 6pm, Tues - Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays Closed Mondays Closed: Mondays (except Bank Holidays)


Admission to the exhibitions is free.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Auditorium
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • General guide to collections available
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Information point provided
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Audio guides specifically for blind and partially sighted people
  • Guided tours
  • General audio-guide available
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • Volunteering scheme offered

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