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Address: 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, England
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+44 117 917 2300
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 18:00
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In a fantastic waterside location at the heart of Bristol's harbourside,...

In a fantastic waterside location at the heart of Bristol's harbourside, Arnolfini is one of Europe's leading centres for the contemporary arts, presenting innovative, experimental work in the visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events, accompanied by a programme of educational activities. Sitting on the quayside with a drink on a summer evening is a quintessentially Bristol experience. Arnolfini's cafe bar serves a menu of fresh, locally sourced food and fairtrade tea and coffee.

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Competent Contemporary Art Gallery

A good gallery all in all, tends towards somewhat more esoteric work which usually thinks it's a tiny bit cleverer than it is. Some jewels in there though.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Travelled by car to Bristol for the Film festival and was able to park within 3 minutes walk of the venue. Great place for innovative theatre and films. The car park was expensive though.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A good gallery all in all, tends towards somewhat more esoteric work which usually thinks it's a tiny bit cleverer than it is. Some jewels in there though.

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Thank Tom N
Bristol, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

This place is large, white and spacious inside and it is a great space for events. I visited a UWE event and Shopify tour here. both were organised very well and all the staff was very helpful.

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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

This exhibition is amazing! Figures wrought out of marble dust and resin including life-size horse, swan, monkey, lamb! And a room full of strange enormous cacti, a room lined with resin foliage, etc etc! Really mind-blowing stuff! She also knits her own cacti etc!!

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ArnolfiniGallery, Visitor Experience Manager at Arnolfini, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, so pleased to hear you enjoyed the exhibition. I hope we can welcome you back to Arnolfini soon. More 

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

As an interested layman I occasionally pop into the Arnolfini to see their exhibits of contemporary art. This time there was a solo exhibition by Daphne Wright called "Emotional Archaeology", covering galleries in three floors. This included some very delicate large & small sculptures made from marble dust & resin, I was rightly advised not to carry my rucksack into... More 

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Caerphilly, Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

My husband and I are in our 60s and keen visitors to museums and art galleries. Like some other rather trendy galleries, we had a rather mixed reception at the Arnolfini - the gallery supervisors were welcoming and informative and added to our appreciation of the really excellent exhibition which was on show. They encouraged us to explore the reading... More 

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Winchcombe, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

The Arnolfini is right by Bristol's vibrant harbourside - a delightful small-ish gallery. You can take in the A'fini on a delightful circular harbour-side walk. Close to restaurants, coffee shops etc. Exhibitions well worth exploring (for free). 1 hour at least plus refreshments

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Thank ArmenianJames
ArnolfiniGallery, Visitor Experience Manager at Arnolfini, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your recent visit and I hope we will be able to welcome you back again soon. More 

Malvern
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Lovely architecture. The sculpture exhibition was very interesting and very well presented. The cafe bar was so good we returned again. Good food and good wine, and very friendly and efficient service. Great location on the dockside.

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Thank NicandSue
ArnolfiniGallery, Visitor Experience Manager at Arnolfini, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review, I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed the exhibition and will pass on your other comments to our Café Bar Manager. More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

It's a brilliant space to enjoy a few drinks, especially on a sunny day where you can sit at the harbour site. In doors is also nice. Staff is friendly and the place has got a beautiful olive tree.

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Thank Ana B
ArnolfiniGallery, Visitor Experience Manager at Arnolfini, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and will pass your comments on to our cafe bar team. More 

Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

It may be fine at other times of the year but at the moment there is only one room open and it's not a very good one. Check thar they're open before you come!

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Thank jo l
ArnolfiniGallery, Visitor Experience Manager at Arnolfini, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Arnolfini are currently working with the University of the West of England on an exciting new partnership to enhance the cultural offer on the harbourside in Bristol. As a result, it has been necessary to complete building work on all floors, except the ground floor, during the last 2 months which is why you were... More 

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