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, ranging from performances and one-off workshops to festivals. There’s a cosy reading room where you can broaden your knowledge, or just watch the water, and a bloody good bookshop too.
Whether it’s a landmark landscape by an old master or something a little more à la mode, this city’s thriving art scene offers just about everything you might be after. From massive fine art museums to some cosier (and much edgier) exhibition spaces, you could probably pack most of the best art galleries in Bristol into just one weekend trip – though that might mean ignoring some of the city’s other marvellous attractions. All we know is, having seen some of the brilliant temporary shows these guys put on, you’ll definitely want to come back and catch whatever’s next.
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