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Address: 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, England
Phone Number: +44 117 917 2300
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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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A mixed experience if you don't look arty!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Marilyn L
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Caerphilly, Wales, United Kingdom
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Caerphilly, Wales, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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76 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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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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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214 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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 

Chippenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed the eclectic and contemporary style of the main exhibition! Was a hot and humid day and space was cool. Collection was well curated and explained well for children. Fantastic free attraction!

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

Thank you for your review and I'm pleased you enjoyed your visit. I hope we will be able to welcome you back to Arnolfini soon. More 

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356 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Good art gallery space with a contemporary slant in terms of exhibits. Easy to access and locate. Wheelchair accessible but due to the nature of exhibits small children may not find it very engaging. Great bookshop with an extensive range of art/architecture books.

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

Thank you for your review and I'm pleased you enjoyed your visit. We do also run a family programme to support each exhibition which aims to help children and their families engage with the work, further details can be found on our website. I hope we will be able to welcome you back soon. More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Walked past this place loads of times and not really noticed it! Not sure what caught our eye but it did and we went in. It's a bit of a museum? Gallery? Cafe/bar. Small but good choice of wine, beer, cider, softs & coffee and snacks. Super friendly service. Get the impression it's a place where locals meet after work... More 

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Reigate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

The Arnolfini has a world reputation, but we were left puzzling why that should be so. For such a large building there is surprisingly little on show. I know that contemporary art is subjective, and there were one or two interesting pieces spoilt by having very reflective glass and displayed opposite a video and neon installation. An embarrassed-looking member of... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

We were meandering along the quayside and decided to call in. It's free which is just as well as it's not worth visiting. I know modern art is challenging but this is just strange.

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