Spike Island Artspace is named after the floating harbour itself; an area with a fascinating industrial past of ship building and international trade. Explore this history on a harbourside trail and discover our cultural neighbours along the way including Underfall Yard, Brunel’s SS Great Britain, M-Shed and Arnolfini.
Our community of artists are in good company, as just around the corner are creative production studios including Aardman Animation, Bristol Old Vic’s scenic workshop, Puppet Place and Studio Upstairs.
Bristol’s visual arts scene extends far beyond the waterfront with year-round exhibitions at Royal West of England Academy (RWA), Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Martin Parr Foundation, and artist-led projects including The Brunswick Club and East Bristol Contemporary.
Our city is also renowned for it’s independent food and drink scene. Spike Island Café offers a warming menu perfect for a post-harbourside stroll. We’d also recommend a 10-minute walk from here to enjoy the independent traders at Wapping Wharf.
If you have any questions about where to explore during your Bristol visit, then chat to our staff and volunteers who have their own insightful recommendations.