Art gallery wedding

The Royal West of England Academy provides a sophisticated and unique wedding venue in the heart of Bristol.

Located Clifton in central Bristol, this beautiful Grade II* listed historical art gallery, with stunning foyer and balcony, can be hired exclusively for exceptional evening wedding receptions. 

Our dedicated Events Manager will work closely with you, offering advice and support to help plan the perfect day.

For more information and hire fees, please contact 

Wedding Venue Hire FAQs

What is included in the venue hire?
The hire fee includes exclusive use of the balcony and marble landing, staff to welcome and invigilate the galleries, plus set up and installation of your event. We also offer a complimentary welcome and introduction to the galleries from the RWA Director at the start of your event.

Is the RWA licenced for civil ceremonies?
We are not licenced but we can suggest multiple nearby venues for your wedding ceremony.

What is the venue capacity?
The Sharples & Winterstoke main galleries can seat up to 140 guests for dinner, and 225 for a standing only evening. These numbers are dependent on the current exhibition. 

Do you have in-house catering?
We do not have in-house catering, however we have recommended caterers, drinks suppliers and waiting staff providers who hirers can work with directly. We wholeheartedly recommend local artisan food experts Papadeli as our preferred caterers who can provide you with a customised quote to suit any requirement and taste. See below for some beautiful sample menus. 

How can we decorate?
The stunning array of artwork lining the gallery walls provides a unique wedding decor for your special day, however you may chose to add additional decor should you desire. We ask that this be kept to table decorations and centre pieces, to protect any damage to our artwork on the walls. Please note, we cannot allow any naked flames within the building, so all candle light must be artificial. 

Can we have a live band or DJ?
The acoustics of the space lend itself well to a live band. Should you require a dance floor, we recommend that this is hired from our recommended provider, both for aesthetic and preservation purposes. 




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