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The RWA (Royal West of England Academy) is now open following its Light and Inspiration renovation project. 

Royal West of England Academy (RWA) is self-supporting, independent charity (1070163). The venue is proud to bring world-class visual art from around the world to Bristol and has done so since 1844. Located in a spectacular Grade II* listed building in the heart of the city, the building has recently undergone a £4.1m transformation – opening up access for all. It provides opportunities for everybody to get creative and feel inspired.  

RWA is unique not just in Bristol, but in the UK, in being a purpose-built Royal Academy of Art: somewhere that not only exhibits great art, but that also nurtures new talent for the future, and does so using one of the most beautiful exhibition spaces in the country.  

The RWA is a registered museum and independent charity. It receives no major core funding from local or national government, so there is a modest entry charge for main exhibitions. The Café, Family Activity Space, Shop and Kenny Gallery are free to enter. 



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  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Changing Places Toilet
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp to main entrance
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

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  • Facilities for children

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  • Cater for groups
  • Event venue

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  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

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Royal West of England Academy


Queens Road, Clifton, West End, Bristol, BS8 1PX
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Opening Times

Opening Times (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
Bank HolidayOpen
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


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Café FoodSpicer+Cole at the RWA, CliftonRelax in the new Cafe, Spicer+Cole at the RWA. Whether you are enjoying a break between exhibitions or stopping in whilst enjoying this part of historic Bristol, there is both indoor and outdoor seating in the Art Gallery's newly renovated, larger space.

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