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Bristol Old Vic

The oldest working theatre in the English-speaking world site pride of place here in the centre of Bristol

  • Heritage
  • Museums
  • Theatre

Bristol Old Vic has been at the centre of the city’s creative life for over 250 years. Boasting an award-winning programme of theatre and performance, as well as regularly showcasing productions from the prestigious Young Company, Bristol Old Vic is a great place to discover what the city’s creative scene has to offer.

Described by actor Daniel Day-Lewis as “the most beautiful theatre in England”, the building is now open for Theatre Tours, led by in-house expert guides, which reveal some of its most captivating secrets including the origin of the historic auditorium, tales of first-class actors, and rumours of a ghostly presence.

Bringing world-renowned theatre to audiences for generations, the Bristol Old Vic continues to offer an exciting programme of contemporary and traditional performance, and remains a place of joy, discovery and adventure to this day.

Most recently, the theatre has opened a brand new bar and kitchen, 1766, which offers pre-theatre dining, teas and coffees, and some seriously good Sunday roasts. 

Don't miss

The Thunder Run is an 18th century stage effect which replicates peals of thunder above the heads of the audience. One of only three remaining in operation in the country, it is now open to the public alongside interactive exhibitions and tours which uncover the theatre’s history dating back to 1766.



  • Accessible to wheelchair users
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Discounted/ Complimentary entry for carers
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Facilities for deaf and hard of hearing people
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