Opening hours Gallery: Wednesday to Sunday 12–5pm

Plan your visit

Plan your visit

Getting here

  • On foot

    From North Bristol: we are 15 minutes from the city centre. Walk over the Prince Street Bridge and along the harbour past M Shed. At the SS Great Britain, turn left onto Gas Ferry Road and then right on Cumberland Road.

    From South Bristol: use the Gaol Ferry Bridge or Ashton Avenue Bridge (Vauxhall Bridge is temporarily closed for repair work).

  • Cycling

    Follow the walking route above. Cycle stands are available outside our building.

  • By boat

    The Bristol Ferry Company runs from the harbourside and the Number Seven cross-harbour ferry runs from various locations in the city.

  • By bus

    From: Redcliff Hill, Bristol Temple Meads, Cabot Circus and Broadmead, use the M2. From: Long Ashton Park & Ride, Ashton Vale, Ashton Gate, use the M2. From: Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Airport and Bristol Bus Station, use the A1.

  • By train

    Within Bristol: Bedminster station (20 minute walk), Bristol Temple Meads (30 minute walk).
    Outside of Bristol: Bath (11 minutes), Cardiff (1 hour), Birmingham (1 hour 30 minutes) and London (1 hour 43 minutes).

  • Airport

    Bristol Airport is 7 miles from Bristol city centre. Catch the A1 Metrobus service outside Spike Island to and from the airport.

  • By car

    Follow the brown road signs to SS Great Britain. Please note, a bus gate is in operation on Cumberland Road which prohibits vehicles other than buses, taxis, e-scooters and bikes from travelling east from Spike Island, towards the city centre.

    Monday to Friday, 10am-4.30pm: 30 minutes free parking, £1 per hour for up to 3 hours
    Saturdays, 9am-7pm: 30 minutes free parking, £1 per hour for up to 3 hours
    Bank Holidays: FREE

    There are three blue badge spaces available directly outside the main entrance of Spike Island. A pay and display car park is also available just off of Gas Ferry Road.

Opening Hours

Café Tuesday to Saturday: 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm
Reception Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am–12pm
  • Are the exhibitions free to visit?

    Yes! All our exhibitions are free and you do not need to book 

  • Can I take food and drink into the gallery?

    Food and drink are not allowed in the gallery. We recommend our cafe, a lovely place to sit and eat! 

  • Are dogs allowed in the gallery?

    With the exception of guide dogs, unfortunately not. However dogs are very welcome in Emmeline Café.

  • Can I take photographs in the gallery?

    You are welcome to take photographs during your visit (no flash). Please make sure to tag @spikeisland in any you take! 

  • How do I arrange a group visit?

    If you’d like to visit as a group or tour, book for a short introductory tour. Find out more here.

  • How accessible is the Spike Island building?

    Our building is entirely wheelchair accessible to the public. 

    We welcome guide and hearing dogs. 

    Large print texts and audio guides are available in the gallery. 

    Baby changing facilities are available in the ground floor toilets. 

    Our full visitor access guide has much more information, including images of our building and advice for keeping yourself safe during your visit. 

    We are happy to provide any further information or to discuss your requirements. Please email or call 0117 929 2266. 

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