Culture & The Arts in Bristol
From contemporary installations to international cinema and fine
art, Bristol attracts some of the UK’s top cultural events. And
they are all within easy reach of The Bristol Hotel. Check our
listings to get a flavor of a few of the options available.
of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts. This
stunning facility located just one minutes walk from the hotel
offers a Gallery, Film season, Shop and Café. This is definitely
the place to experience cutting edge art installations.
Museum & Gallery
Bristol’s premier museum and art gallery, this magnificent building
houses important collections of minerals and fossils, natural
history, eastern art, world wildlife, Egyptology, archaeology and
seven galleries of fine and applied art.
The museum has an ever changing programme of temporary exhibitions
and an engaging public events programme. The museum shop stocks a
wide range of souvenirs and gifts, and the splendid Edwardian-style
cafe provides refreshments in magnificent surroundings.
Brunel’s SS Great
This award-winning attraction showing the
world's first great ocean liner and National Brunel Archive was
voted UK Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2011. Brunel’s dream
of non stop travel from London to New York has left Bristol a fine
legacy including Temple Meads station and the Cumberland Basin. We
recommend taking in all these sites in comfort by taking one of the
yellow Bristol Ferry Boats, our floating taxi service.
Bristol’s beautiful and historic Cathedral is located on College
Green in the West End of the city. A church has almost certainly
stood on the site for over a thousand years, but it came to
prominence in 1140 when Robert Fitzhardinge founded the Abbey of St
Augustine. The Chapter House and Abbey Gatehouse remain clear to
see, and the other remains are to be found within Bristol Cathedral
The eastern end of the Cathedral, especially in the choir, gives
Bristol Cathedral a unique place in the development of British and
European architecture. The nave, choir and aisles are all the same
height, making Bristol Cathedral the major example of a hall church
in Great Britain and one of the finest to be found anywhere in the
Royal West of England
The Royal West of England Academy (RWA)
is one of only five Royal Academies of Art in the UK. It is a
registered charity which has been self-supporting for over 150
years and possesses an outstanding Grade II* listed building,
galleries and permanent fine art collection. The RWA has HM Queen
Elizabeth II as its patron. Education is an important element in
any gallery experience and the RWA aims to supply programmes that
provide quality art education in the gallery environment for all
levels of ability, age and understanding. The gallery attracts
several high profile touring exhibitions each year as well as
housing a remarkable permanent collection. Well worth a visit.
Arnolfini at the heart of Bristol’s harbourside
Arnolfini is one of Europe’s
leading centres for the contemporary arts. Art exhibitions, cinema,
music, live art and dance there is always something new to see.
Entrance to the building and the exhibition spaces is
completely free... making Arnolfini an ideal place to spend some
time whether you’ve just got a few minutes or a few hours to