Courtesy of RWA


Bristol’s oldest Art Gallery, and the only Royal Academy of Art outside of London

  • Art
  • Heritage
  • Museums

Royal West of England Academy celebrates the best of historic and contemporary art from around the world.

Located in a Grade II* listed building, the purpose built Victorian art gallery gives a glorious setting to some of the city’s finest artworks, and was described by art critic Andrew Lambirth as 'a jewel in the crown of England's exhibiting venues'.

With a variety of exhibitions, events, talks and lectures the RWA draws audiences from far and wide. The Annual Open Exhibition is now in it’s 167th year and invites emerging and established artists to submit their works for selection to be showcased in this renowned yearly exhibition.

The RWA is located at a walking distance from two of Bristol’s best-known shopping districts: Whiteladies Road and Park Street. They are both worth a visit for some delicious eateries and fabulous independent shops. 

Did you know?

Doing its bit for the war effort, the RWA was home to The Bristol Aeroplane Company who manufactured parts in the building, with the gallery housing American GIs. It took the personal intervention of the Prime Minister Clement Atlee in 1950 to have the building restored to its original function



  • Accessible to wheelchair users
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Disabled parking
  • Wheelchairs for use
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Toilets for disabled visitors
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