Front of the RWA building, Bristol

Your Visit to Bristol's 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.

Current exhibitions at the RWA​

Our current major exhibition is Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019. This exhibition shows how vital fire has been to the human experience, through technology, storytelling and symbolism and how the duality of our relationship with the element continues to fascinate in the 21st century. We are incredibly lucky to be able to display works from influential contemporary artists such as Tim Shaw RA RWA Hon, Cornelia Parker OBE RA, Susan Hiller, Anthony McCall and David Nash RA, as well as historical works by J. M. W. Turner RA, Joseph Wright of Derby ARA, John Martin and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham CBE RWA Hon, to name but a few. To find out more and book tickets click here.

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. 



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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