photo: Lisa Whiting for Arnolfini

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.

What measures to be Covid Secure do you have in place?

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

Do I need to book my visit? 

In line with current Government guidelines around covid and allow social distancing, we ask for you to book your free, exhibition slot at Your ticket will give you access to all exhibitions at Arnolfini.

There may be some walk-ins available on the day, depending on capacity levels, please ask one of our Visitor Services team.


When are the Galleries open?

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

Telephone number: 0117 917 2300 during opening times.

When is Arnolfini Bookshop open?

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

Telephone number: 0117 440 9685


What refreshments do you have available at Arnolfini?

Arnolfini Harbourside Bar is open both outside and in.  There is a choice of teas, coffee, soft drinks, beers, cider and wine.

Opening times
Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 6pm* (last order at 5.45pm)
Thursday to Saturday, 9am to 11pm (last order at 10.45pm)
Sunday, 9am to 10pm (last order 9.45pm)
unless there is a late event at Arnolfini.

Food Served
Sunday to Wednesday, 10am to 3pm
Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm and 5pm to 9pm

Please note all times may be subject to change.

Bookings by email:

Telephone: 0117 440 9715

Are you still able to offer local advice such as maps and leaflets?

Yes we still have paper maps and leaflets and our exhibitions leaflets will be available for visitors to pick up when we are open.


Accessible Facilities

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.

Click here for details of Accessible Taxis.

Click here to visit our Access page for full details to assist your visit.


Where are the nearest  car parks?

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.


Can I visit Arnolfini by Ferry?

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.


Where is the nearest train station?

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.


Why can I stay in Bristol that’s close to Arnolfini?

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


Travelling to Bristol by air

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.


Where’s the nearest hospital?

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 in light traffic.


Can I bring my dog to Arnolfini?

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

Dogs can come into the Bookshop and Bar but sadly not the Galleries, Light 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.


Who can help me if I have further questions regarding my visit to Arnolfini?

Please get in touch via our Contact page.

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