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Bristol art world big dog that’s always worth a visit – even just for the bookshop and the brownies

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the Arnolfini Café has the best brownies this side of the pearly gates. Aside from that, the ’fini is a Bristol institution, with three floors dedicated to contemporary art in all its forms – from the calmly experimental to the downright bizarre.  

It’s an enormous old building that used to be a tea warehouse, in an unbeatable location, smack bang on the harbourside. There are live events throughout the year, from performances and one-off workshops to festivals. (The mind-scrambling live art fest In Between Time springs to mind.) There’s a cosy reading room where you can broaden your knowledge or just watch the water, and there’s also a bloody good bookshop.

In the summer it’s also the unofficial lounging spot for a post-work pint of cider. Take a seat on the pavement, lean back against the wall and don’t forget the brownies.

By: Laura Hounsom


Venue name: Arnolfini
Address: 16
Narrow Quay
Transport: Rail: Bristol Temple Meads
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  • Digital and interactive Until Sunday April 9 2017
  • Installation Sunday March 26 2017
  • Contemporary art Friday April 14 2017 - Sunday June 18 2017
  • Musicals Sunday April 30 2017
  • Folk, country and blues Friday July 21 2017
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