Bristol Old Vic Theatre Tours

King Street, Old City, Bristol, BS1 4ED

Tel: +44 (0)117 987 7877

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Bristol Old Vic backstage Theatre Tour


Join the Bristol Old Vic on one of their exciting Theatre Tours with their in-house expert guide who'll guide you through the theatre's 252-year-old history.

The People's Tour
Learn about the incredible humans behind our rich history.

Inspired by the people, performers and players who have walked the boards through the theatre's two-and-a-half-century tenure, learn more about this world-class theatre and the productions that made history.

The People’s Tour combines myth, fact and Bristolian folklore, as the experienced tour guides expertly weave past and present into a thrilling and informative experience. The perfect morning for anyone with an interest in 18th–21st century theatre and the people behind Bristol Old Vic’s rich history.

Spaces regularly included on The People’s Tour:
The new Bristol Old Vic Foyer
The Georgian Auditorium, Stage, Gallery, and Pit passages
The Linbury Paintshop
The Weston Studio
Coopers’ Hall

Additional Info
Comfortable shoes are advised.
All tours have a step-free route for people with access needs. Please advise at the time of booking if you'd prefer this option by calling 0117 987 7877 or emailing
As a working theatre with ongoing rehearsals and other technical work, there are certain times when parts of the building will be inaccessible. The team will always endeavour to provide a true behind-the-scenes experience, but it may be necessary for tours to be rescheduled in rare circumstances.
Please advise your tour guide if you are uncomfortable with heights.
Unless you are exempt, you are asked to bring a mask to wear while on your tour for the safety of customers, guides and staff.

£12 Standard | £10 Open Concession | £15 Pay it Forward

Various, please check the website
Approx. 1 hour
All ages

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Opening Times

Tours run Thursdays and Saturdays (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Bank HolidayClosed



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Sarah S
      Chepstow, United Kingdom
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      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 7th May 2022
      Blown away by the building! Ancient and modern sit comfortably cheek by jowl. Stunning reception space to eat and drink in too! Read full review
    • A J
      Swansea, United Kingdom
      Interesting place to visit and enjoy a coffee.
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 2nd June 2022
      Lovely member of staff who allowed us to have a good look around, enjoyed a coffee and filled roll. Would visit again Read full review
    • Blackth0rn
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Fascinating backstage tour
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 6th June 2022
      A fascinating backstage tour around this lovely old theatre. We were lucky enough to be the only people booked on it on this particular occasion, so it was like an exclusive tour just for us. Our... Read full review

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