Visiting NCAD

Visiting NCAD

Northwest College of Art & Design is located at the Mains Manor Estate in Poulsbo, Washington, on the Kitsap Peninsula, 9 miles from the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal.

Our address is:
Northwest College of Art & Design
16301 Creative Drive NE,
Poulsbo, WA 98370

Local Transportation, Accommodations, Directions

Poulsbo is minutes from Bainbridge Island, Keyport, Kingston, Suquamish, Silverdale and Bremerton. The Seattle to Bainbridge ferry crossing takes 35 minutes. The Edmonds to Kingston crossing is about 25 minutes. It is best to arrive approximately 30 minutes before departure time. If you are driving from the Tacoma area, the campus is about 60 miles so plan accordingly.

Campus tours are free but require advanced notice. If you will be attending an Open House, advance reservations are required. Contact an Admissions Representative at NCAD at 1-800-769-ARTS to register for an open house or to arrange a tour of our campus.

Local taxi and transportation serving Kitsap County:

Taxi Service:
  • American Taxi………………..360-440-6318
  • Bainbridge Island Taxi………..206-842-1021
  • Best Darn Cab Company…………360-782-2378
  • Bumble Bee Taxi………………360-782-1966
  • Chrissy’s Hack Attack Taxi…….360-649-2016
  • 1st Choice Taxi………………360-373-7903
  • Taxis & Tours………………..206-842-7660
  • Troll’s Taxi…………………360-478-8600
  • Yellow Cab…………………..60-440-4679
Rental Car Agencies:
  • Enterprise (in Poulsbo)…………………..360-779-6112
Airport transportation (NOTE! advance reservations are usually required)
  • Bremerton-Kitsap Airporter (serves Sea-Tac Int’l Airport)…………………..360-876-1737
  • Galaxy Limousine…………………..360-377-5466
  • Royal Taxis & Limousines…………………..360-377-8294
  • RTC Express…………………..360-692-4391

Washington State Ferries – For information call 1-800-84-FERRY or go to their website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/ for schedules and rates.

Kitsap Transit – Public transportation serving Kitsap County offers mass transit service in the region. Call 360-697-BUSS for additional information or visit their website at www.kitsaptransit.org. Public transportation does not run as frequently on weekends and holidays. So, plan accordingly.

Local accommodations in Kitsap County close to Northwest College of Art & Design:

The following agencies provide local, overnight accommodations. Some offer discounts if you mention that you are visiting Northwest College of Art & Design. Reservations are recommended, and usually required. These agencies are listed in alphabetical order and not by preference. These agencies are not affiliated with NCAD and information is subject to change.

Poulsbo:
  • Guest House International…………………..360-697-4400 (formerly Holiday Inn Express)
  • Poulsbo Inn & Suites…………………..360-779-3921
Bainbridge:
  • Best Western Bainbridge Island Suites…………………..206-855-9666
  • Eagle Harbor Inn…………………..206-842-1446
  • Inn at Winslow Corner…………………..206-780-0907
  • Island Country Inn…………………..206-842-6861
Kingston:
  • Blue Water Inn…………………..360-297-3622
  • Smiley’s Motel…………………..360-297-3622
Silverdale:
  • Oxford Inn…………………..360-692-7777
Suquamish:
  • Clearwater Casino Resort Hotel…………………..360-598-8700

Driving directions to NCAD:

From Seattle via Bainbridge Island ferry:

From the ferry take Highway 305 (the road you are already on as you disembark the ferry) toward Poulsbo. Go approximately 8 miles. You will cross the Agate Pass Bridge. Continue on 305 (past Clearwater Casino) for approximately another 2 miles. When you pass Totten Road (on your right), the NCAD turn-off (Creative Drive) is about 100 yards further on your right.

From Kingston via Edmonds ferry:

Take Highway 104 (the road you are on as you disembark the ferry) toward Poulsbo. Highway 104 becomes Bond Road as you approach Poulsbo. Go left at the Highway 305 intersection toward Bainbridge ferry. Keep going toward Bainbridge Island (leaving Poulsbo proper). Entrance to NCAD is located on the left side of 305 at mile marker 9 (approximately 2 miles from Poulsbo).

From Tacoma past Bremerton:

Take I-5 SOUTH to the Tacoma Narrows (toll) Bridge. When you cross the bridge the road becomes Highway 16 West. Follow Highway 16 West past Gig Harbor toward Bremerton. When you get to Gorst (before Bremerton) take Highway 3 North to Poulsbo. At Poulsbo, take Highway 305 exit (sign reads Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island ferry). Go right at the bottom of this exit. Stay on Highway 305 through 6 traffic light intersections (the sixth intersection is 305 & Hostmark). Keep going toward Bainbridge Island (leaving Poulsbo proper). Entrance to NCAD is located on the left side of 305 at mile marker 9 (approximately 2 miles from Poulsbo).

Parking at NCAD:

Keep to the right as you go up the hill. You will see a parking area on the left. The main building is located to the left of the parking lot. Look for the bright red double-doors. Proceed through the foyer, into the gallery and to the library on the left.