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Address: 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, England
Phone Number: +44 117 917 2300
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Description: 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 Bag

Arnolfini is a small contemporary gallery on the harbour side and boasts a shop, café, reading room and five gallery spaces. Renowned as the space that first exhibited the street... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Hailsham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I didnt like anything about this gallery. The building inside was ugly and the exhibition was terrible. You could say it's all a matter of taste. I enjoy all types of art and sculpture but this was not for me.

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england
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

This is an obvious attraction for any visitor to Bristol. The building itself is iconic and the second icon of Bristol after the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The exhibitions are usually for the art enthusiast but that is Art. If you can use the bar, shop and café that's helpful too because this is a charity and not a commercial business.

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Wales
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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I was looking forward to my visit as well! No permanent collection. One gallery full of photos you would normally delete from your iphone,(or not even take in the first place) one empty gallery, and one gallery upstairs with a single piece of green plastic slime on the windowsill. Even the gallery attendant had the decency to look ashamed! Nice... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
20 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

The Arnolfini is something of a local treasure. It has been on the waterfront since 1975, when much of Bristol's floating harbour was all but derelict. It has always attracted comment, much of it complimentary, as well as the 'It might be art, but it's bloody poor welding' kind. Pretty much everything can and does happen there - art, sculpture,... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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233 reviews 233 reviews
46 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Arnolfini is a small contemporary gallery on the harbour side and boasts a shop, café, reading room and five gallery spaces. Renowned as the space that first exhibited the street art of Bristol born Banksy, the Arnolfini is housed in a converted warehouse, but its interior reflects the ambience of a European gallery, with modern open staircases to its two... More 

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Mendip Hills Somerset
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87 attraction reviews
393 helpful votes 393 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Have visited here several times and try to get along at least once a year. Huge variety of arts on show, one of our fav was the Easter Trail they were involved in a couple of years back, children loved it. Cafe on site but it is pricey.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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150 reviews 150 reviews
92 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

The Arnolfini always has unusual art exhibitions, cutting edge or avant garde. However some of them are, I am afraid, quite pretentious, a bit like "the emperor's new clothes" where you are supposed to admire and applaud but all the time you're thinking what a load of codswallop. We were in stitches going round the recent exhibition, my friend couldn't... More 

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Burry Port, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013 via mobile

Not a regular arty type I decided to take a look around. On entering the building there is a fantastic book shop with a wonderful array of arty/philosophical books. The galleries are reasonably sized and lift access is good. Students working there are helpful when approached. The exhibits vary but when we visited the guides were informative and helped it... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Great bookshop that you can stay in for hours, contemporary art exhibited really professionally, great staff and atmosphere. Cafe next door just as great.

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England
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109 reviews 109 reviews
25 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

I can see why locals have always called it the Arnol-phoney! Cafe is good, bookshop has some interesting curiosities. I'm by no means a a philistine but some of the stuff on show, along with the accompanying pseuds corner write-ups gave us fits of the giggles.

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