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Bristol Old Vic

Soak up over 250 year of history at the oldest continually-working theatre in the English-speaking world

  • Heritage
  • Museums
  • Theatre

Bristol Old Vic has been at the centre of the city's creative life for over 250 years and its recent multi-million pound renovation has opened up a new, interactive heritage offering to audiences. Boasting an award-winning programme of pioneering theatre and performance, as well as regular productions from the prestigious Young Company (one of the largest regional youth theatres in the UK), Bristol Old Vic remains a place of joy, discovery and adventure to this day.

Most recently, the theatre has opened a new bar and kitchen, 1766 (named after the year the theatre opened), which offers pre-theatre dining, teas and coffees, and highly lauded 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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