Bristol: Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED


Bristol Old Vic
King Street

Bristol Old Vic has an international reputation as one of the leading theatres in the world. Built in 1766 as a place where the people of Bristol could come together, Bristol Old Vic's Theatre Royal is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world.

In 2012 the theatre complex completed the first phase of a £19 million refurbishment, increasing seating capacity and providing up to ten flexible performance spaces. Besides the main Theatre Royal auditorium, the complex includes the Studio theatre and the Side Stage, Paint Shop and Basement performance areas.


By car

Bristol Old Vic is located on King Street, a 5-minute walk from the City Centre. There are good car parking facilities in the surrounding area including the NCP on Queen Charlotte Street (opposite) and Trenchard Street car park, a 5 minute walk across the city centre. Meter parking is also available on King Street and Queen Square. There is one disabled space right outside the theatre. Blue Badge Holders park for free.

By bus

Bristol Bus Station is a 20-minute walk away, with bus routes 3A, 24, 52, 70, 73, 75, 76, 90 & 462 stopping 3 mins walk away on Broad Quay.

By train

Bristol Old Vic is an 18-minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads railway station, or there are regular buses and taxis from outside the station. There is also a ferry which runs from the railway station into the City Centre.