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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.

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Arnolfini says
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 learning and participation activities. Five exhibition spaces, a theatre/cinema auditorium, reading room and light/dark studios are housed in the Grade-II listed, fully accessible building. The converted warehouse also contains one of the country’s best arts bookshops as well as a café/bar serving the best in local and seasonal produce.

Arnolfini is a registered charity, core-funded by Arts Council England and in receipt of regular funding from Bristol City Council.

Entrance to the building and the exhibition spaces is completely free, making Arnolfini an ideal place to spend some time whether you've got a few minutes or a few hours to spare.

Sitting on the quayside with a drink on a sunny evening is a quintessentially Bristol experience. Arnolfini’s café/bar serves a menu of Mediterranean-inspired, locally sourced food and fair trade tea and coffee

Arnolfini was established in 1961, moving to its current harbourside location in 1975 – a Grade-II listed former tea warehouse dating back to the 1830s. Read more about Arnolfini's history here.
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By: Laura Hounsom


Venue name: Arnolfini
Address: 16
Narrow Quay
Transport: Rail: Bristol Temple Meads
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  • Contemporary art Until Sunday June 18 2017
  • Digital and interactive Thursday June 8 2017
  • Folk, country and blues Thursday June 22 2017
  • Literary events Thursday June 22 2017
  • Dance and electronic Sunday July 16 2017
  • Literary events Tuesday July 18 2017
  • Folk, country and blues Friday July 21 2017
  • Fairs Friday September 1 2017 - Sunday September 3 2017
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