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Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

The Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery is a large museum and art gallery in Bristol. It is situated in Clifton, about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) from the city centre. The museum includes sections on natural history, local, national and international archaeology, and local industry. The art gallery contains works from all periods, including many by internationally famous artists, as well a collection of modern paintings of Bristol. In the summer of 2009 the museum hosted an exhibition by Banksy, featuring more than 70 works of art, including animatronics and installations; it is his largest exhibition yet. Today Today, the top floor art galleries include a collection of Chinese Glass and the "Schiller collection" of Eastern Art as well as Chinese Ceramics spanning different dynastic periods. A natural history gallery contains examples of aquatic habitats in the south west of England and an interactive map of local wildlife sites and a freshwater aquarium containing fish typical of the region. Admission to the musuem is free.

For more information please contact Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL, Tel: +44 (0)117 922 3571, E-mail:

Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol
Photograph © Steinsky


At-Bristol is a public science, technology and education centre in Bristol. As a visitor attraction, At-Bristol boasts over 300 hands-on exhibits, and a Planetarium with seasonal shows. It regularly changes it's exhibitions and often holds presenter-led Live Science shows through out the year. One of the permanent exhibition spaces, 'Animate It' allows visitors to create their own animated film in 2D and 3D. Another exhibiton called Flight Zone helps visitors understand more about what factors effect flight and even allows you to biuld your own flying object. All About Our World, another highly regarded exhibition allows visitors to discover the world around us through investigation. The second large section on ground floor called Your Amazing Brain deals with the human brain, in particular optical illusions and memory. On the upper level, exhibition Curiosity Zone deals with sound, light, force and magnets.

For more information and enquiries please contact At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB, Tel: +44 (0)845 345 1235


At-Bristol, showing the Planetarium
Photograph © Mark Boyce


The Arnolfini is an arts centre and gallery in Bristol. It has a programme of contemporary art exhibitions, live art, music and dance events, poetry and book readings, talks, lectures and cinema. There is also a specialist art bookshop and a café bar. Educational activities are undertaken and experimental digital media work supported by online resources. A number of festivals are regularly hosted by the gallery. Regular events include poetry and film festivals, live art and dance performances, lectures and jazz and experimental music concerts, including Bodies in Flight, Goat Island Performance Group, Akram Khan, the London Sinfonietta, the Philip Glass Ensemble, Random Dance, and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company.

For more information and enquiries please contact Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA, Tel: +44 (0)117 917 2300, E-mail:


The Arnolfini seen from across the harbour

Royal West of England Academy

The Royal West of England Academy (RWA) is an art gallery where Queens Road meets Whiteladies Road, in Bristol. Among the paintings in the permanent collection are works by artists from the Newlyn, St Ives and Bloomsbury Schools. Paintings by George Swaish, Matthew Hale, Anne Redpath, Mary Fedden, Carel Weight, Bernard Dunstan and Elizabeth Blackadder are also valued additions to the collection.

For more information and enquiries please contact Royal West of England Academy, Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1PX, Tel: +44 (0)117 973 5129, E-mail:

Royal West of England Academy of Art

Royal West of England Academy of Art
Photograph © Linda Bailey

Blaise Castle

Blaise Castle is an 18th century mansion house and estate near Henbury in Bristol. Blaise Castle was immortalised by being described as "the finest place in England" in Jane Austen's novel Northanger Abbey. The castle house houses a fine display of paintings from Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. It now features collections relating to numerous household items in addition to its period interior decoration. The grounds, which are open free of charge to the public, include a gorge cut by the Hazel Brook through Bristol's limestone. The gorge features a selection of stunning landscape.

For more information and enquiries please contact Blaise Castle Estate, Kingsweston Road, Lawrence Weston, Bristol, BS10 7QS, Tel: +44 (0)117 353 2268, E-mail:

Blaise Castle House

The mansion house at Blaise Castle Estate
Photograph © Lukeas09

SS Great Britain

SS Great Britain was an advanced passenger steamship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company's transatlantic service between Bristol and New York. In 1970, Great Britain was returned to the Bristol dry dock where she was first built. Now listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, Core Collection, the vessel is an award-winning visitor attraction and museum ship in Bristol Harbour. The public get to experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew.

For more information and enquiries please contact Brunel's SS Great Britain, Great Western Dockyard, Bristol, BS1 6TY, UK, Tel: +44 (0)117 9260680

SS Great Britain

SS Great Britain
Photograph © mattbuc

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