Arts and culture

A city at the heart of art!

A city at the heart of art!

Bristol is packed with countless opportunities to take in amazing artwork and culture, cutting-edge music and extraordinary film.

Antlers

Antlers

Antlers is a gallery that champions contemporary artists through innovative projects: exhibitions, fairs, collaborations and commissions. Nomadic by design – Antlers produce projects in partnership venues.

Arnolfini

Arnolfini

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, dance, film, music and events.

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

The most remarkable thing about Berkeley Castle is that for nine centuries, the building, the Berkeley family, the archives (which go back to the 12th century), the contents, the estate and the town have all survived together.

Blaise Castle House Museum

Blaise Castle House Museum

See how people lived through time, what they wore, the toys they played with and how they managed their household chores at Blaise Castle House Museum. You can also enjoy the beautiful picture room.

Bristol Blue Glass

Bristol Blue Glass

Although most famous for their traditional Bristol blue glass, you will find a wide variety of art glass in an array of beautiful colours and many stunning pieces of hand-made jewellery in the official studio shop.

Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral

Located on College Green, Bristol Cathedral has tall Gothic windows and pinnacled skyline. In addition to the beautiful architectural features, the Church of England cathedral contains several memorials and a historic organ.

Bristol Folk House

Bristol Folk House

The Bristol Folk House is an adult education centre that provides a variety of part-time day and evening classes and courses including arts and crafts, pottery, writing, languages, music, dance, drama, fitness and more.

Bristol Hippodrome

Bristol Hippodrome

The Bristol Hippodrome is one of the country’s top, family-friendly provincial theatres, which proudly continues to stage major West End and Broadway productions as well as musicals, ballet, opera, concerts and comedians.

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Formed in 1979, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta has become one of world’s largest and best loved hot air ballooning events, with over 500,000 people visiting the stunning Ashton Court Estate each year.

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

At Bristol Museum and Art Gallery you can explore the collections of art, nature and history on display in this beautiful building. Find out about the last billion years of Earth’s history and explore the region’s natural wonders.

Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic is the longest continuously-running theatre in the UK and following a recent £12.5 million redevelopment project, is now one of the most modern and comfortable with state of the art rehearsal rooms.

Bristol Street Art Tours

Bristol Street Art Tours

The original and best Bristol street art tour. Discover 30 years of street art history with Bristol Street Art Tours. Learn about the street art home of Bansky and explore international street art and graffiti legends.

Cedars Hall

Cedars Hall

Cedars Hall is a state-of-the-art concert and arts venue located in the beautiful ground of Wells Cathedral School. Opened in 2016, the venue hosts a variety of events, including classical concerts, comedy, film, jazz and more.

Centrespace

Centrespace

Centrespace is a thriving community of artists and craftspeople offering both studio space, workshops, events and a gallery space for hire. It was founded in the late 1970s and has been running as a co-operative since 1987.

Charles Wesley’s House

Charles Wesley's House

Charles Wesley’s House was the last Bristol home of Charles and Sarah Wesley and their three children. The house gives visitors an idea of what an eighteenth century family home might have looked like.

Circomedia

Circomedia

Circomedia is a centre of excellence, it is unique in the world for its integration of physical theatre with contemporary. There is an emphasis on combining traditional circus skills with physical theatre and creativity.

Clifton College

Clifton College

Clifton College offers limitless opportunities, it’s a traditional British public school with modern teaching facilities. The Redgrave Theatre seats 320 and hosts more than 40 productions a year, making it a popular venue.

Clifton Contemporary Art

Clifton Contemporary Art

Clifton Contemporary Art is situated in the heart of Clifton Village. The gallery aims to present a range of the very best contemporary painting, prints, ceramics and sculpture with a particular emphasis on West Country artists.

Colston Hall

Colston Hall

Colston Hall is Bristol’s largest concert hall, presenting concerts and entertainment by major names in rock, pop, jazz, folk, world and classical music, stand up comedy and light entertainment, as well as local choirs and orchestras.

Cube Cinema

Cube Cinema

The Cube is a microplex cinema, arts venue, adult creche and progressive social wellbeing enterprise. Truly independent, the volunteers work hard at presenting cinema, music, cabaret and amateur film-makers nights.

Fashion Museum

Fashion Museum

The Fashion Museum holds a world-class collection of contemporary and historic dress and is housed in the magnificent Assembly Rooms in Bath. The museum displays chronicle the story of fashion over 400 years.

Fig

Fig

One purple shopfront, five creative ladies and a guest artist. Fig is a little shop located on Bristol’s wonderful Gloucester Road, where you can browse and buy beautiful hand-made jewellery, homewares, art and textiles.

Flux

Flux

Flux is a jewellery studio and craft gallery, located in the heart of Bristol city centre. The gallery specialises in contemporary jewellery, prints, glass, ceramics and textiles made by designers and makers across the UK.

Glass Designs Gallery

Glass Designs Gallery

Glass Designs Gallery sells hand-made gifts made by Bristol artists and makers. Items such as prints, ceramics, jewellery, cards, Bristol Blue Glass and unique one-off art pieces make the shop a fantastic treasure trove.

Great White Art

Great White Art

Great White Art is a fantastic gallery in the centre of Bristol – the aim of the gallery is to make Bristol’s creative and vibrant art scene more accessible, more affordable and more diverse than anywhere else in the city.

Here Gallery

Here Gallery

Here Gallery displays artwork by local and international artists, primarily focused on printmaking and illustration. The gallery also has a diverse selection of books that have all chosen for their visual appeal.

Hidden

Hidden

Hidden offers an unrivalled breadth of artists, both emerging-local and internationally-acclaimed, in a relaxed and friendly environment alongside a beautifully collection of furniture, homeware, gifts and artefacts.

Horts

Horts

Horts is a pub, restaurant and cinema named after the 18th century artist, essayist and bon viveur Arthur Hort. Relax and enjoy at the Director’s Cut screening room, located in a custom-built cinema at the back of the pub.

Linda Alvis

Linda Alvis

Artist, Linda Alvis, works mainly in pastel from her studio overlooking the beautiful and historic city of Bristol which is famous for the annual International Balloon Festival and of course the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

M Shed

M Shed

From prehistoric times to the present day, M Shed tells the story of the city and its unique place in the world. See amazing film and photographs, listen to moving personal stories, encounter rare and quirky objects.

Michael Blow

Michael Blow

Michael Blow is a sculptor and carver who works in stone. His work is inspired by the natural world as well as his own experience of life and its many questions and experiences, you can visit his studio by appointment.

Mike Rome

Mike Rome

Mike Rome has a varied portfolio of work, with landscape, abstract, still life, figurative, nature, and copies of masterpieces – there’s something to suit everyone. Mike’s work has been show in various venues around Bristol.

Paintworks Event Space

Paintworks Event Space

Paintworks Event Space plays hosts to a huge range of cultural and social events. Offering a varied and interesting programme of public events all year round, it hosts both regular solo and collective art shows.

Rainmaker Gallery

Rainmaker Gallery

Rainmaker Gallery is the UK showcase for contemporary Native North American Indian art and jewellery. Through artist talks, events and exhibitions Rainmaker promotes awareness, education and cultural exchange.

Room 212

Room 212

Room 212 is a fantastic shop and gallery on the wonderfully vibrant Gloucester Road. It is a social hub for local artists and the surrounding community and is an important venue on the North Bristol Art Trail.

Royal West of England Academy

Royal West of England Academy

The Royal West of England Academy exists for everyone with an interest in art and design it’s are open all year round. The exhibitions celebrate the best of historic and contemporary British art, including artists from Turner.

Spike Island

Spike Island

Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. A vibrant hub for production, presentation and debate, it invites audiences to engage directly with creative practices.

St George’s Bristol

St George’s Bristol

St George’s Bristol is one of the country’s leading concert halls. It boasts a superb acoustic and unique atmosphere which attracts the world’s best artists enabling them to offer a full and vibrant programme.

St John on the Wall

St John on the Wall

In the 12th century there were five churches built into Bristol’s city walls, acting both as part of the city’s defences, and as places for travellers to offer prayers before a journey, St John on the Wall is the only one that remains.

St. James Priory

St. James Priory

This award-winning St. James Priory dates from 1129 and is the oldest building in Bristol. Founded by Robert Earl of Gloucester, it has been a feature of Bristol’s community for almost nine centuries and is a must-visit gem.

St. Mary Redcliffe Church

St. Mary Redcliffe Church

The St. Mary Redcliffe Church has stood for over 800 years as a witness to the beauty and welcome of God, the skills and talents of craftsmen and women and the care and faithfulness of generations of Christians.

The Alma Tavern & Theatre

The Alma Tavern & Theatre

The Alma Tavern & Theatre pride themselves on championing fantastic local theatre, art and music, complemented by great food, wine wines and real ales. The Alma endeavour to keep things interesting for everyone to enjoy!

The Architecture Centre

The Architecture Centre

The Architecture Centre is an independent organisation that champions better buildings for everyone. Through the diverse programmes the centre informs and inspire people about the possibilities of good design.

The Bishop’s Palace

The Bishops Palace

The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens in Wells has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval site is open for all to enjoy, it is a true hidden gem in the heart of the City of Wells.

The Edwardian Cloakroom

The Edwardian Cloakroom

The Edwardian Cloakroom is a unique gallery space set in a cloakroom that retains many beautiful original features. It is open to the public and free of charge, the artists are usually there to talk about their work.

The Georgian House Museum

The Georgian House Museum

At The Georgian House Museum discover what a Bristol sugar plantation and slave owner’s home might have looked like around 1790. Eleven rooms spread over four floors reveal what life was like above and below the stairs.

The Red Lodge Museum

The Red Lodge Museum

At The Red Lodge Museum you can see what secrets lie behind the bright red door. Step inside the tardis and experience more than 400 years of history in the museum where you feel you have left the modern world behind.

Tobacco Factory Theatres

Tobacco Factory Theatres

Tobacco Factory Theatres presents a jam-packed programme of diverse and exciting shows, workshops and events, from classic and contemporary theatre, to theatre for families, comedy, dance, music, opera and puppetry.

Trinity Centre

Trinity Centre

The Trinity Centre in Lawrence Hill is an arts venue that hosts workshops and community events by day, and occasional gigs and DJs by night. Its famous main room hosted some of the biggest local and international artists.

Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield was not built as a bold and extravagant statement of wealth, its purpose was to serve as a family home. The extraordinary lives and possessions of four generations of the Gibbs family are ready for discovery.

University of Bristol Botanic Garden

University of Bristol Botanic Garden

The University of Bristol Botanic Garden is a beautiful garden filled with a huge diversity of plants, including many exotic species set in inspirational displays against the backdrop of a striking Victorian house.

Upfest Festival

Upfest Festival

Upfest Festival is Europe’s largest, free, street art and graffiti festival, attracting over 300 artists painting 28 venues throughout Bristol. alented artists travel from 25 countries to paint live on 30,000sqft of surfaces.

View

View

View is one of the largest independent galleries in the South West, and brings a fresh and vibrant feel to showing contemporary art. An active events programme and frequently changing exhibitions keeps the art fresh.

Watershed

Watershed

Watershed is the leading film culture and digital media centre in the South West. In the building you will find three cinemas, a large, light and airy café/bar, flexible conference and events spaces and a research space.

We the Curious

We the Curious

We The Curious is an idea and a place for everyone. It’s all about asking questions, getting creative and testing things out. The venue on Bristol’s harbourside is a bit like an indoor festival, with all sorts of different experiences.

Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral is located in the medieval city of Wells. Built between 1175 and 1490, it has been described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals”. The cathedral is pleased to welcome visitors every day of the year.