Front of the RWA building, Bristol

Your Visit to Bristol's RWA

Please note: Our main galleries are currently closed for exhibition changeover. You can visit Small Things Bright and Beautiful from 3 December 2019–5 January 2020. This exhibition is free to enter and features small and affordable artworks by RWA Academicians. 

Our upcoming major exhibitions are Refuge and Renewal: Migration and British Art and Africa State of Mind, taking place from 14 December 2019–1 Mar 2020. You can book in advance and save on exhibition admission. Your admission ticket grants entry to both exhibitions.

About the RWA

The RWA is located in the heart of Bristol and is open throughout the year, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5.30pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. We are closed on Mondays. 

Our main exhibitions are held upstairs in our beautiful, purpose-built galleries, described by Sir Nicholas Serota (Chair, Arts Council) as one of the most beautiful galleries in the country. 

For directions please click here to open Google Maps.

Exhibitions at the RWA​

We also host a changing programme of free exhibitions throughout the year. Visit our 'What's On' page to view all current and upcoming exhibitions and events. 

Group visits

We are always happy to provide a welcome talk for pre-booked visiting groups of 12 or more, and also offer a group discount - please phone (01179735129) or email us to book your visit. 


The listed building offers disabled access throughout, with level access to the Shop on the ground floor, and there is lift access to all of the Galleries and to our accessible toilet on the lower floor. A manually operated wheelchair is also available to borrow during your visit.

An accessible parking bay is located outside the building, on the forecourt. Please call the Welcome Desk in advance of your visit to book the space, or email The RWA welcomes guide and assistance dogs, but we regret that we cannot allow other dogs into the building. 

The RWA staff and volunteer team are available to assist you during your visit. Please call the Welcome Desk for any specific requirements or accessibility questions. Please download a copy of our Access statement below.

Please note that we offer large print copies of our gallery interpretation texts. We also offer tours for the visually impaired. Please email for further details.

For transport and parking information please click here.



Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5.30pm

Sunday 11am-5pm

CLOSED Mondays

Last admission 30 minutes before closing. 

Christmas Opening Hours: 

Closed 24, 25 and 26 December, reopening 27 December 
Closed 30, 31 December and 1 January, re-opening 2 January
Closed Mondays


Book tickets to our major exhibitions online and save over £1 on adult admission tickets. Navigate to the exhibition you wish to book tickets for and complete your payment online. 

Adults: £7.95 (includes a 80p donation. Save £1 and book online)

Concessions: £6.75 (includes a 70p donation)

12 month Art Pass: £15 

Under 18s: FREE

Students: FREE on production of a valid student ID

National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price


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