RWA weddings


The Royal West of England Academy provides a uniquely sophisticated setting for bespoke intimate Bristol wedding celebrations. Located in the heart of Clifton, this beautiful Grade II* listed historical art gallery, with stunning foyer and balcony, can be hired exclusively for exceptional evening wedding receptions of a small scale. 

Our dedicated events manager will work closely with you, offering advice and support, to help plan the perfect day.


Suggested Timings

6.00pm The happy couple arrive for photographs

6.45pm Guests arrive for champagne reception

7.30pm Guests are seated to dinner

7.45pm Dinner is served

9.00pm Speeches

9.30pm After dinner bar and dancing in the galleries

12.30am Bar closes and guests leave

1.00am All guests depart


Hire Fees

Please contact Events Manager Meggie Wood on for your customised hire quote. 


What is included in the venue hire?

The hire fee includes use of the balcony and marble landing, exclusively for your guests, staff to welcome and invigilate the galleries plus set up and installation of your event. We also offer a complimentary welcome and introduction to the galleries from the RWA Director at the start of your event.

Is the RWA licenced for civil ceremonies?

We are not licenced but we can suggest multiple nearby venues for your wedding ceremony.

What is the venue capacity?

The Sharples & Winterstoke main galleries can seat up to 150 guests for dinner, and 300 for a standing only evening. These numbers are dependent on the current exhibition. 


The stunning array of artwork lining the gallery walls provides a unique wedding decor for your special day, however you may chose to add additional decor should you desire. We ask that this be kept to table decorations and centre pieces, to protect any damage to our artwork on the walls. Please note, we cannot allow any naked flames within the building, so all candle light must be artificial. 

Band / Dance floor 

The acoustics of the space lend itself well to a live band, which is more than welcome for dancing later on. Should you require one, we also recommend a temporary dance floor is hired from our recommended provider, both for aesthetic and preservation purposes. 



We wholeheartedly recommend local artisan food experts Papadeli, as our preferred caterers. See below for some beautiful sample menus, they can provide you with a customised quote to suit any requirement and taste. 


For more information on any of the spaces, or to discuss your specific requirements, contact Meggie Wood at or call 0117 906 7609.

Papadeli Menus

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