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The Royal Photographic Society, RPS House, 337 Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3AR. 0117 316 4450.


Following the new recommendations made by the Prime Minister on 16th March, we are now undertaking significant steps to look after the well being of everyone we work with and society as a whole:

  • Our Bristol gallery is closed until further notice. We anticipate this will be until mid-April at the very least and will keep the situation under review.
  • We are cancelling all our workshops, talks and other events, in Bristol and elsewhere, between now and the end of April. We anticipate we will publish further decisions about May and beyond at the end of March.
  • We are working hard to maintain our process of Distinctions Assessments as these do not require in-person attendance. If you have any questions about your Distinctions application, please contact the Distinctions team.
  • We will maintain a skeleton staff at our Bristol HQ, with most staff working from home. 
  • Our Bristol HQ will be open for deliveries and essential visitors during normal office hours. The building will be closed at weekends.
  • We are cancelling all corporate hire of our Bristol HQ until the end of April and will keep this under review.

For more information on how we are dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak please click here.


Our gallery is open to the public 10am to 5pm Thursday to Sunday and bank holidays. The gallery is closed Monday to Wednesday.

Main switchboard   0117 3164450

Membership   0117 316 4460
Distinctions   0117 316 4470
Learning   0117 316 4480
Volunteers   0117 316 4484   07936 362365
Awards   0117 316 4475
Education, Public Affairs, History   0117 3164474
Exhibitions  0117 316 4476
Finance   0117 316 4459
Media, PR   0117 316 4466   07936 362364 Website  0117 316 4467
Monthly 365 Competition Website  contact our Membership team
IPE Website  contact our Exhibitions team
Bursaries Website  contact our Learning team

Building & Operations   0117 316 4452

RPS House business hours are from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.



We are located inside Paintworks creative quarter on the A4, Bath Road which is across from Arnos Vale Cemetery. Our building is beside The Martin Parr Foundation.

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Sat nav (BS4 3AR), or follow signs for Temple Meads Railway Station. Continue along the A4/Bath Road towards Bath bearing left at the Three Lamps junction. After one mile, Paintworks is on the left-hand side. 


Paintworks has signposted free visitor parking. This is 200 metres from RPS House and limited to 3 hours.

Alternatively, there is parking within a 5-10 minute walk at the local Sainsbury's. This is bookable at

Park and Ride

The Brislington Park and Ride operates from Monday to Saturday, every 15 minutes. You should get off at Bristol Temple Meads. The journey duration is approximately 11 minutes.

You can walk (25 minutes), cycle, take a bus or get a taxi to RPS House from Bristol Temple Meads.


Bristol Temple Meads is the nearest railway station. You can walk (25 minutes), cycle, take a bus or get a taxi to RPS House from Temple Meads. For tickets and live departure boards visit


Buses run from the centre of Bristol, from Temple Meads and Bristol Coach Station and between Bristol and Bath. 1, 57, 349 and X39 stop at the Paintworks bus stop. For bus times please visit:



You can walk (45 minutes), take a bus or taxi from Bristol Coach Station.


When leaving Bristol Temple Meads train station complex, turn left and follow the road for a short way until you get to a large roundabout. Continue straight ahead (over the bridge with metal arches) and follow the road (A4 Bath) until you get to a fork in the road with a post with three lamps on it. Take the left fork and continue walking for about half a mile until you get to Paintworks on your left.

It takes around 25 minutes to walk from Temple Meads.


We are located across the river Avon from the national cycle path West Country Way, Route 3.


The nearest airport is Bristol Airport (BRS). The postcode is BS48 3DY. It is 7 miles away. There is a regular shuttle bus to Bristol which stops at Bristol Temple Meads train station.

You can walk (25 minutes), take a bus or get a taxi to RPS House from Temple Meads.


Within RPS House, all areas are fully accessible with a lift, ramps and restrooms on each floor.

If you have any accessibility requirements, please contact us on in advance so we can assist you in your visit.

Though there is some accessibility parking in Paintworks, we also have some private parking spaces we can reserve for those with accessibility requirements. Please contact us in advance if you would like a space reserved.

From street level car parking there are lifts available to reach RPS House on the raised ground floor.