Spike Island

133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX

Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design.

A vibrant hub for production, presentation and debate, it invites audiences to engage directly with creative practices through participation and discussion. Read more.

Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday
12–5pm (during exhibitions)

Spike Island Café:
Weekdays, 8.30am–5pm
Weekends, 10am–5pm


Spike Island seeks to be fully accessible. We would be happy to provide any further information or to discuss your requirements. Please contact us.

There are three Blue Badge parking spaces directly outside the main entrance. The building is entirely wheelchair accessible.

We welcome guide and hearing dogs. An induction loop for events is available by advance request.

Large print texts are available upon request from reception or by contacting us by email or telephone.

Baby changing facilities are available in the ground floor toilets.


Spike Island welcomes visitors of all ages. Regular I am Making Art workshops are led by artists who offer the opportunity to create something new. These hands-on events are free and suitable for children and adults.

Spike Café provides high chairs for young children, and its menu caters for all tastes. We offer baby changing facilities in the ground floor toilets, and the upper levels of the building are accessible by lift for prams.


We are always happy to accommodate visits from schools, universities and other groups – please contact us ahead of your visit. Exhibition and building tours can sometimes also be arranged if booked in advance.


On foot: Spike Island is an approximately 15 minute walk from the city centre. Turn right behind Arnolfini over the Prince Street Bridge and right again at M Shed. Walk along the harbour towards the Maritime Heritage Centre and the SS Great Britain. At the car park, turn left onto Gasferry Road and walk on to the junction with Cumberland Road. Turn right, and the main entrance to Spike Island is 100 yards on the right.

By car: From the city centre, follow Prince Street over the bridge behind Arnolfini and turn right onto Cumberland Road at the mini-roundabout. Spike Island is approximately 0.5 miles on the right. From other directions, follow brown signs to SS Great Britain.

Parking meters are in operation in the area. On weekdays, the first 30 minutes of parking are free and £1.00 per hour for up to 3 hours. A pay and display car park is also available just off of Gas Ferry Road.

There are three blue badge spaces available directly outside the main entrance of Spike Island.


By boat: The Bristol Ferry Boat Company provides services from various points around Bristol, running every 40 minutes. From the SS Great Britain stop, follow the above walking route to Spike Island.

By rail: The nearest station is Bristol Temple Meads.

By bus: The 506 service runs between Spike Island, Bristol Temple Meads and Broadmead/Cabot Circus.

Spike Island