Royal West of England Academy (rwa)

Verified Queens Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX Location

Located in Bristol on Queens Rd, Clifton, the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) is an art gallery that offers a diverse range of exhibitions and permanent collections. With its superb Art Nouveau building and eclectic artwork near the ceiling, it is a must-visit for art enthusiasts. The passionate and knowledgeable staff at RWA provide excellent information and assistance, making the experience even more enjoyable. The gallery also features a charming café, perfect for a cup of coffee or a delicious meal. Visitors can explore the exhibitions, gain insights into current trends, and appreciate established traditions. Whether you're an art lover or simply looking for a beautiful place to relax, RWA is sure to impress.

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ℹ️ About

Name Royal West of England Academy (rwa)
City Bristol
Phone +44 117 973 5129

🙋‍♂️ Frequently asked questions about Royal West of England Academy (rwa)

What is the contact phone number for the Art gallery?

The contact phone number for Royal West of England Academy (rwa) is +44 117 973 5129

What are today's opening hours?

Today Thursday, the opening hours for Royal West of England Academy (rwa) are 10 am–5 pm and it is currently closed. Here are the opening hours for the entire week.

What is the street where Royal West of England Academy (rwa) is located?

This Art gallery is located at Queens Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX.

What services does this Art gallery offer?

Art gallery, Art museum, Art school, Arts Organisation, Cafe, Drawing lessons, Exhibit, Modern art museum, Museum, Wedding venue

Is it open on Saturdays?

It's opened on Saturdays from 10 am–5 pm.

Is it open on Sundays?

It's opened on Sundays from 10 am–5 pm.

🕓 Opening Hours

Today, Thursday, May 30, 2024, the opening hours for the Art gallery are 10 am–5 pm

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10 am–5 pm
Wednesday 10 am–5 pm
Thursday 10 am–5 pm
Friday 10 am–5 pm
Saturday 10 am–5 pm
Sunday 10 am–5 pm

👍👎 Reviews

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Best part of Rwa is the people that work there that are passionate about art and what they do, and care really truly informed about everything! I specially liked the girl behind the desk at the main entrance, very good at giving information and helping out with anything needed, she was very cool.I highly recommend rwa just to meet the awesome staff and the art obviously!The coffee is also one of the best I have had in Bristol.

Joana Borges

10 months ago

Visited on Weekend Wait time 10–30 min Reservation recommended Not sure …More

Pejman Nikbakht

11 months ago

An excellent gallery. Newly refurbished with greatly improved accessibility and an excellent cafe. A varied set of exhibitions including the annual open submission each autumn. The gallery spaces are really beautiful in themselves. Enough room to show substantial pieces or a large exhibition without overwhelming. Two smaller rooms are usually free to enter. The main gallery usually charges a fee. There is an active friends group.

Andy Reynolds

11 months ago

This Gallery has very eclectic pieces in exhibitions & permanent collections. Thus there is something for everyone to enjoy.Well worth getting the year pass (at £15 per adult, as at June 2023).The superb Art Nouveau building with its paintings near the ceiling is worth looking at too.

Shelley Sanders

11 months ago

5 star. Nothing less. Exceptional.


1 years and 1 months ago

Really enjoyable. Lived in the city 60byears and only visited once. Wonderful photography exhibition that was inspiring. Enjoyed visiting so much paid to be a member.

adrian wyatt

1 years and 3 months ago

Such a beautiful place, nice little cafe too, always visit when we’re in Bristol. Love it here and the staff are truly wonderful. Grandkids love the play area downstairs too.

Lindy Bop

1 years and 4 months ago

Great exhibitions in a lovely building. The art shows are often eclectic and inspiring, giving interesting insights into current trends and established traditions. The cafe is also worth visiting for coffee, breakfast or lunch.

Nick Hiscott

1 years and 6 months ago

The current open exhibition that is on is very good....worth the money...questionable. But at least they had a great Kurt Jackson picture

andrew lievesley

1 years and 6 months ago

I visited for the annual open exhibition when there is a large variety of artwork on display. There are regular events for all ages that need to be booked in advance. There is level access entry and lifts to the galleries. The connected coffeeshop is also worth visit.

Judy Holyer

1 years and 7 months ago

Excellent annual exhibition this year. Some of the pieces are outstanding. There will be something here that you love.

Paul Eccleson

1 years and 7 months ago

A wonderful place where you can enjoy coffee and cake inside or outside. Close to the hussle and bustle of the Triangle by Whiteladies Rd and Queens Rd junction. A great selection of hot drinks and snacks. The cakes are great and make a perfect treat to enjoy with good company or on your own. It was very busy but plenty of seating and the staff were friendly and helpful.

Paul P

1 years and 7 months ago

Friendly staff rich history

Ron Donaldson

1 years and 7 months ago

The last but one day of the current exhibition! Some interesting stuff! Autumn open exhibition coming soon. If you are likely to go often, their Art Pass is a good buy. £15 and valid for a year.

Paul Tansey

1 years and 8 months ago

Like the idea of family room, it has different activities you can do with your little ones.

Norah Yousef

1 years and 9 months ago

What a wonderful Gallery. A truly beautiful building with a cafe serving excellent well priced food. Went for the Earth exhibition, a well conceived fusion of contemporary and traditional works. A genuinely pleasurable and thought provoking experience.

Phil Smith

1 years and 9 months ago

Spider and Cole cafe.This is a new cafe with an excellent pedigree with their cafe in Victoria St Clifton.This is great cafe with plenty of seating both outside and inHad a late lunch with good quality food and great Iced coffee. The crew worked hard and customers served with good andpolite service. Food and drinks served at the table.

Shawn Spencer-Smith

1 years and 10 months ago

Excellent layout and the outside seating enticing now that the , patio area , for the want of a better description has been created. It is far enough away from the road to stop traffic from being intrusive. The range of cakes and pastries is mouthwatering. The breakfast and lunch menus though not extensive are tempting and I am sure tasty. Coffee very good.

Diane Liell

1 years and 10 months ago

Good place to get an art fix. The Irvins in the cafe area are spectacular. Always something to see in the galleries

sharon goodsall

9 months ago

nice art gallery, mostly extremely modern, i didn’t understand most of it. free for students, which is great. amazing little shop and cafe. staff lovely. great views of bristol Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More


9 months ago

Great spot good cafe the voting for the art winners was oppen Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Gregor Galway

7 months ago

Magnificent building with unique and not for everyone things called art inside Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Jacek Wojnarowski

7 months ago

An interesting experience. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure … More

Ken Fryer

7 months ago

We held our 10th anniversary party at the RWA and couldn’t have wished for a better venue. As regular visitors, we knew that the building was stunning. However, we were blown away by the lovely staff and flexible event managers who went out of their way to ensure that the event ran smoothly. It was such a treat to have dinner and a full dance floor in the middle of the galleries. Thanks for making our night so special!

Jacob Diggle

6 months ago

Very nicely updated. Good exhibition.

Colin Lunt

7 months ago

Lovely historic building with attractive cafe. The annual open exhibition is very interesting and well presented. The art is also reasonably priced if anything takes your fancy.


4 months ago

I enjoyed the 170 Annual Open Exhibition, and the food in the cafe was excellent. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Tony Pyman

4 months ago

Fantastic annual exhibition , the best that I have been to. Extremely useful disabled parking place and use of wheelchair. Very helpful a patient staff. Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

kerry Yap

4 months ago

Exhibition was a collection of various different art forms. A lovely way to spend a couple of hours Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

tanya Bloomfield

4 months ago

Loved the whole experience! Please, if possible, let me know the artist of the huge red painting in the cafe?? Visited on Weekday Wait time 1 hr+ Reservation recommended Not sure … More

Margaret Laurie

4 months ago

We visited today to see the John Hoyland exhibition, which we've been really excited about for months. We were not disappointed! Seeing these playful ceramics of his and the work of the other sculptors was brilliant. Even more so, for us, was being able to stand in front of some of his wonderful paintings and just drink them in. It was an excellent experience.Also, as usual, the cafe was great ????

Phil Parker

1 months ago

Free for students!!! Nice (but small) gallery filled with modern art . Cafe is nice too. Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More


2 months ago

Nice building and great place to visit. Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Tim Husain

2 months ago

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