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Arnolfini - est 1961

We hope these frequently asked questions will help you plan you visit to Arnolfini and answer and queries you may have. Should you need anything further, please get in touch via our Contact page.

Arnolfini Galleries are open 11am to 6pm, Tuesday to Sunday each week.

All children, under the age of 12, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 16.

Entry to all exhibitions is free. You can walk-in on the day, or, if you prefer, book your free ticket in advance.

Donations, no matter how small, are always much appreciated and help us keep Arnolfini open and accessible for everyone. There are donation points – cash or card – around the building or you can support Arnolfini online by clicking here.

We maintain a degree of caution around covid and in order to manage numbers and allow social distancing, you are welcome to book your free, exhibition slot at Your ticket will give you access to all exhibitions at Arnolfini.

There are also walk-ins available on the day and we monitor on capacity levels, please ask one of our Visitor Services team if you need any assistance at all.

We have a lift available for visitors who need to use a lift to access the galleries and event spaces on the first and second floors.

There are toilets on Level 0 and Level 2.

There are two designated Blue Badge parking spaces within easy reach of Arnolfini in the Mud Dock City Docks car park, accessed via The Grove Car Park. There are also more spaces in the Grove Car Park. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Details of Accessible Taxis are available here.

Visit our Access page for full details to assist your visit.

Arnolfini Bookshop is open 11am to 6pm, Tuesday to Sunday each week.

Arnolfini Café Bar is open both outside and in.

Opening hours:


Sunday to Wednesday, 9am to 6pm*
Thursday to Saturday, 9am to 10pm*

Brunch served daily 9am to 3.30pm

Please note all times may be subject to change.

unless there is a late event at Arnolfini.

There is a choice of soft drinks, beers, cider and wine.

Bookings by email:

Assistance dogs, and assistance dogs in training, are welcome throughout the building.

Dogs can come into the Bookshop and Café Bar but sadly not the Galleries, Community Workshop and Dark Studio, Reading Room or Theatre space. Water bowls for dogs are available in the café bar on Level 0, just ask and our staff will be happy to help.

Arnolfini is a public funded Non Profit Organisation (NPO) and we rely on donations to help keep exhibitions and workshops free, and therefore accessible, for everyone. Any support you are able to give, regardless of size, is always much appreciated.

There are donation points – cash or card – around the building or you can support Arnolfini online by clicking here. Thank you.

For more information about the measures we have in place to keep you safe visit our Covid-19 Guidance page.

We have limited leaflets and maps available to pick up from Arnolfini Café Bar.

There are a number of car parks within walking distance of the Arnolfini:  1 minute walk The Grove, BS1 4RB, or a 3 minute walk, short stay car park on Queen Square BS1 4LH

There is a full guide at including details of Bristol’s Park and Ride and Electric Vehicle Parking.

Bristol Ferry Boats offer timetabled ferries every 40 minutes from Prince Street Bridge, close to Arnolfini. Please see their timetable or visit their website for more information.

Number 07 Boats run timetabled ferries around Bristol harbourside. You can find a timetable on their website.

Bristol Temple Meads is a 25 minute walk via Portwall Lane and Queen Square. A taxi rank is on the station forecourt. Depending on traffic conditions, the journey can take between 12 and 20 minutes.

There are a number of accommodation providers within walking distance to the Arnolfini, as well as those slightly further out accessible by Bristol’s public transport or by bike. Please

The nearest airport for international and domestic flights is Bristol Airport (BRS). A bus route, known as The Airport Flyer, connects the airport to Bristol Temple Meads and the local bus network. Buses run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At peak times, they leave up to every eight minutes outside the terminal building, the journey to Temple Meads takes around 30 minutes. Alternatively, a taxi rank is located outside the terminal building, a taxi journey to Narrow Quay House can take between 18 and 40 minutes.

The Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) is less than two miles away. A taxi there will cost approximately £6 to £8 and take no more than five minutes.

Please get in touch via our Contact page.