Arnolfini

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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? 

Please note in light of the latest lockdown, Arnolfini Galleries, Bookshop and Café Bar are temporarily closed. We look forward to welcoming you back again when the Government deems it safe to do so.

You are required to book a visit to the galleries. Find out more about our latest exhibitions and how to book. If you’re unable to book online we aim to keep a number of spaces available on the day, please speak to a member of staff on arrival.  Should you need assistance, we have a priority entry system in place. 

Entry to exhibitions remains free but as a charity and we do rely on donations in order keep this amazing facility open. There is a donation option when you book your exhibition slot and there are donation points in the building. Alternatively you can donate online. Any amount is always welcome and we appreciate your support, thank you.

You don’t need to book a visit to the Bookshop and Café Bar, however during peak times, especially weekends, there may be a short wait due to our reduced capacity.

When are the Galleries open?

In light of the latest lockdown, Arnolfini Galleries are now temporarily closed. We look forward to welcoming you back again when the Government deems it safe to do so.

We hope to re-open the galleries as and when Bristol moves out of Tier 3.

Opening times will be Thursday to Sunday, 12pm to 5pm.

Find out more about our latest exhibitions and how to book. If you’re unable to book online we aim to keep a number of spaces available on the day, please speak to a member of staff on arrival.

 

When is Arnolfini Bookshop open?

In light of the latest lockdown Arnolfini Bookshop is now temporarily closed. We look forward to welcoming you back again when the Government deems it safe to do so.

We hope to re-open the bookshop from Thursday 3 December.

Opening times will be Thursday to Sunday, 12pm to 5pm.

 

What refreshments do you have available at Arnolfini?

Please note in light of the latest lockdown, Arnolfini Café Bar is now temporarily closed. We look forward to welcoming you back again when the Government deems it safe to do so.

Overlooking Bristol’s historic harbour, Arnolfini Café Bar is a picturesque, central location, managed by award-winning, independent brewery Bristol Beer Factory.

You can also enjoy Arnolfini Café Bar al fresco on an exclusive, enclosed decking area outside Arnolfini as well as inside.

Bristol Beer Factory offer a selection of hot drinks, coffee, soft drinks, smoothies and alcoholic beverages. There is currently a limited food service.

NHS workers and students receive 10% discount on presentation of a valid ID card.

 

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.

 

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 2 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 assit your visit.

 

Where are the nearest  car parks?

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

There is a full guide at www.bristol.gov.uk/parking/where-to-park-in-bristol 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 visitbristol.co.uk/accommodation

 

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-£8 and take no more than five minutes.

 

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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