Theatre Tours

Join us for a Theatre Tour with our in-house expert guide who will take you back through the Theatre’s 250-year history – from the origin of its beautiful Georgian design, to tales of the myriad first-class actors who have trod its boards over the years.

Explore our fully transformed spaces, from our beautifully designed foyer, to the brand new Weston Studio, and our long-awaited Heritage offer. Also enjoy the classic elements of our building that have kept this theatre running for over two centuries,  including: access to our historic auditorium and several back- and side-stage areas.

As a working theatre with ongoing performances, rehearsals and other technical work, there are certain times when parts of the building will be inaccessible. We always endeavour to provide a true behind-the-scenes experience, but in rare circumstances it may be necessary for tours to be rescheduled.


Theatre Tours

Running every Thursday and Saturday morning at 10:30am, explore the best of what Bristol Old Vic has to offer with a Theatre Tour.

The perfect morning outing for anyone interested in theatre and Bristol Old Vic’s rich history.

To book a Theatre Tour, please click here.


Other tours include:

School Tours

At Bristol Old Vic, we know that the classroom isn’t always the best place to engage school children with history. It’s much more important to bring history to life in the context of the place it happened.

Our School Tours are for the adventurous teachers and students who want an engaging and meaningful interaction with our spaces. Aimed at children for a variety of key stages, we can provide a lesson with history they’ll never forget.

To book a School Tour, please email Box Office at tickets@bristololdvic.org.uk

Specialist Tours

Always wanted to know about the architecture of Bristol Old Vic? Or need a crash course in 18th-century theatre?

Our Specialist Tours are for those with a specific cultural interest in mind. Led by an expert in their field, specialist tours will delve deeper into certain aspects of history than you would get on a regular tour, providing access to in-depth research and expertise.

To book a Specialist Tour, please email Box Office at tickets@bristololdvic.org.uk

Corporate Tours

Want a Christmas party with a twist? A birthday bash with exclusive access into a unique historic venue? Or just an excuse for some office team bonding?

Including a tour of Bristol Old Vic and a variety of perks (including champagne), Corporate Tours can deliver bespoke experiences for a wide range of customers and occasions.

To book a Corporate Tour, please email our Events team at events@bristololdvic.org.uk

Additional Info

  • Audio Enhancement via a headset of the loop system is available
  • Our Tour script can be requested in advance or on the day
  • Whilst every effort has been made to ensure these tours are accessible, certains spaces can only be accessed via steps.

As a working theatre with ongoing performances, rehearsals and other technical work, there are certain times when parts of the building will be inaccessible. In rare circumstances it may be necessary for tours to be rescheduled.