Opening Times and Booking a Visit

Photo by Hannah Atkinson

Arnolfini Gallery

Galleries are open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm. Exhibition slots are bookable in advance, in order not to exceed capacity needed for social distancing, with walk-ins available on the day too.

Please note all times may be subject to change.

Find out more about our latest exhibitions and events online.

Heatwave July 2022:

As you are aware, there are extreme hot weather cautions in place from the Met Office for when we are next open on Tuesday 19 July.

The Galleries and Bookshop will be open as usual between 11am to 6pm. The Bar will open from 9am until late.

Arnolfini Galleries and the Bookshop are air-conditioned.

You can use the lift to take you to upper floors of the building or please pace yourself going up the stairs.

We have a variety of seating in the galleries – bean bags, yoga mats and benches, as well as portable chairs to take around.

We ask you do not drink in the Galleries, to protect the artworks, but it is easy to dip out into a corridor to do so.

If you have any problems or concerns while visiting, please ask one of our Visitor Services team who will be happy to help.

There is plenty of advice and help available online including this, from The Guardian.

Please click here to read.


Covid Guidance:
All of our galleries and event spaces are ventilated to introduce fresh air which helps remove air that contains virus particles and prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Hand sanitising stations can be found throughout the building.

If you test positive for Covid, please consider rescheduling your visit to Arnolfini if possible, to help protect those here who may be clinically vulnerable.

We are maintaining a booking system to allow us to ensure capacity is at comfortable levels but  ‘walk-ins’ are available.

You are welcome to continue to wear face coverings of course, it is important to us you feel comfortable while at Arnolfini.

We really appreciate your cooperation.



As a charity we do rely on donations in order keep this amazing facility available. You can donate online. Any amount is always welcome and we appreciate your support, thank you.


Arnolfini Bookshop

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

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

Orders can also be placed online at

Arnolfini Harbourside Bar 

Arnolfini Harbourside Bar, run by Bristol Beer Factory is open both outside on decking areas as well as inside. We have worked with super chef Josh Eggleton to bring you a simple, delicious menu of burgers – beef, chicken, veggie and vegan.

Opening times
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm* (last order at 4.45pm)
Friday and 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:



0117 440 9715  Café/Bar or

0117 440 9717  Cafe Bar Office

Covid-19 Measures in place at Arnolfini

See full details on measures we have taken in line with Covid Secure Guidelines.

The latest advice can be found at:
Public Health England  Coronavirus: latest information

Guidance from the NHS

There is also information as to how to protect your mental health during Coronavirus at

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for any queries you may have about visiting Arnolfini.

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