Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic

Visit one of the UK's most iconic theatres when you head to the Bristol Old Vic

With a legacy dating back to its creation in 1766, the Bristol Old Vic holds the title of being the oldest continuously working theatre in the UK. 

While the site has undergone numerous transformations over the years, the theatrical wonder of the Old Vic remains as strong as ever, perfectly blending the traditional and the contemporary in a captivating environment. 

From timeless Shakespearean classics to family-friendly shows and stand-up comedies to innovative modern plays, there's plenty of amazing acts taking place throughout the year at the Bristol Old Vic, so keep your eyes peeled for the next big show! 

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City Of Bristol

How to find us

Bristol Old Vic is a 15-min walk (0.8 miles) from Bristol Temple Meads railway station, or there are regular buses and taxis from outside the station.


The NCPs on Queen Charlotte Street and Prince Street have closed. However, The Grove car park is close by (5-min. walk) as well as Trenchard Street car park (10-min. walk across the city centre) and The Galleries car park (10-min. walk through Castle Park). Metered parking is available on Queen Charlotte Street, Welsh Back and Queen Square.

  • Toilets
  • Kitchen + Bar
  • Wheelchair access

Seating in the Theatre is available on four levels: 

To get up close to the action, go for a seat in the Pit (-1). To secure an eye-level view, select the Dress Circle (0) or, for a fuller theatre view (great for musicals and dance), choose the Upper Circle (1) or the Gallery (2).

Notable acting alumni from the Bristol Old Vic include: Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dame Patricia Routledge, Jeremy Irons, Gene Wilder, Olivia Colman, Pete Postlethwaite, Naomie Harris, Annette Crosbie, Christopher Biggins, Miranda Richardson, Mark Strong, Tim Pigott-Smith, Helen Baxendale, Theo James, Samantha Bond, Pearl Mackie, Cyril Nri, Stephanie Cole, Malcolm Sinclair, Alex Jennings, Sophie Thompson, Jane Lapotaire, Faye Marsay, Adrian Scarborough and Amanda Redman. 

Built in 1766 as a place where the people of Bristol could come together, the Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world.

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