Arnolfini Gallery

Places to Visit


  • All the family
  • Under 5s
  • School age
  • Adults






Arnolfini is a centre for contemporary arts based on Bristol’s harbourside in the heart of the city. Founded in 1961, the organisation is dedicated to producing and presenting visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events, underpinned by a commitment to a dynamic civic role in the city.

We have recently opened the Front Room, a new public space that houses our collection of art books and magazines. Visitors are invited to make use of the space in a number of ways and can also use it to enjoy drinks from Arnolfini Cafe Bar. Over the coming months the Front Room will host talks and special events, including Arnolfini Book Club, launched in March. Arnolfini Bookshop is also open with an expanded shop to include more titles than ever.

Arnolfini's ground-floor is open seven days a week offering access to our Front Room, a public space open to all lined with books from Arnolfini's library of art and design books, our bookshop and cafe/bar.

Admission: Free

Front Room opening times:

  • Monday - Friday: 9am - 6pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: 10am - 6pm

Please be aware these opening times may change from time to time due to events.

Bookshop opening times: Everyday 11am - 6pm

BBF Arnolfini cafe/bar opening times:

  • Sunday - Wednesday: 9am - 8pm
  • Thursday - Saturday: 9am - 11pm

Kitchen opening hours:

  • Monday - Wednesday: 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday - Friday: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 8pm
  • Sunday: 9am - 4pm

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Open hours

MondayOpen 24 Hours
TuesdayOpen 24 Hours
WednesdayOpen 24 Hours
ThursdayOpen 24 Hours
FridayOpen 24 Hours
SaturdayOpen 24 Hours
SundayOpen 24 Hours