General Access Information

Visiting Bristol Old Vic

General Access

Our main entrance is at street level of King Street and fully wheelchair accessible with automatic doors to facilitate comfortable access. Our Foyer, 1766 Bar & Kitchen and Box Office are all fully wheelchair accessible. Our Foyer lift enables customers full access to all public areas of our building. Please find the full list of spaces accessible via lift below.

There are parking spaces around the corner on Queen Charlotte Street for Blue Badge holders. There is one allocated disabled bay with further on street parking on Welsh Back and Queen Square as well as Queen Charlotte Street (please note that King Street is cobbled).

Tickets can be booked in person at the Box Office, by phone, or by email. Please visit the Booking Information page to find out more.

The Theatre

There are two allocated wheelchair spaces in the Dress Circle of the Theatre. The Dress Circle is accessed from the Foyer via lift and there are accessible toilet facilities and step-free access to seats on this level. There is also access to the seating on the Foyer dais, perfect for interval drinks.

Please note that only the Dress Circle in the Theatre has step-free access to seats. All other levels (Pit, Upper Circle and Gallery) have steps in their seating areas. See Seating Plans for more information including step counts.

If you need additional information on navigating the building please email access@bristololdvic.org.uk.

Seat Access Information

If you are worried that a seat isn’t wide enough, you require more space or you wish to talk through the different seating options in order to know where is best for you to sit in the theatre, please contact the Box Office. With some of the seating options we might be able to hold off the adjacent seats in order to provide more room so do check with Box Office and our team will be happy to assist.

The dimensions of the main seats in the Pit and Centre Dress Circle are: Width - 41cm, Length - 42 cm, Height - 48cm. These have arm rests which cannot be removed (Images A and A1 in the 'See Your Seats' section below). 

The dimensions of the Dress Circlemajority seats in the Upper Circle, and all Gallery seats are: Width - 48cm, Length - 35cm, Height - 54cm. These do not have arm rests. The seats are close together, almost in a bench style but are individual seats (Image B).

There are a few smaller seats in the PitDress Circle and Upper Circle (these are flagged as smaller seats when booking online). Their dimensions are: Width - 38cm, Length - 35cm, Height - 40cm.  These do not have arm rests and are individual seats, but are situated quite close together (Images C and C1).

Six seats in the Upper Circle are bench seating. This is one long bench, with the seat numbers printed on the back rest. There are no arm rests. There are three sections marked out for each cushion, but there are no individual seat markings (Image D). 

When booking online, restricted leg room is marked as 'information' on any seats with very limited leg room. The front row of each level has less leg room than other rows due to a wall in front of the row. H1 and J1 in the Pit have the most leg room as there are no seats in front of them.

The Weston Studio

There are allocated wheelchair spaces in The Weston Studio on the Balcony level. The Weston Studio is a more flexible space so we can accommodate multiple wheelchair users. 

Toilet Facilities

  • We have accessible toilet facilities on Levels -1, 0 and 1, accessible via the foyer lift. 
  • Our toilets on Level -1 are signposted as gender-non-binary welcome. This is to show that customers who do not identify with a binary gender are welcome to use whichever washroom bearing this symbol that they prefer. Those who prefer to use gendered toilets can do so in the washrooms that bear gendered symbols only (on Level 1).
  • We want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable using the toilet facilities at Bristol Old Vic. This is why we have signposted the washrooms as simply and clearly as possible. Our policy is to allow all customers to use whichever facility they wish, whilst asking that everyone respect each other, and behave appropriately around other users. 
  • Staff will only intervene in washrooms use if they are made aware of inappropriate behaviour, which will not be tolerated.
  • You can download our full inclusive toilet policy here.

Access Facilities

  • You can now book Access tickets online: to secure the full range of Access discounts you are entitled to, including free companion tickets, simply register for online booking with Box Office. Click here for the guide to registering for online Access tickets.
  • A sound enhancement system through use of a headset or individual loop is available for all performances. These are available from the Box Office on arrival to the Theatre.
  • Guide, hearing or other working dogs are welcome. Please notify Box Office at time of booking.
  • People with disabilities requiring an accompanying person can request a free companion ticket at the time of booking.

Lift Access

All publicly available areas of Bristol Old Vic are accessible via our Foyer lift which goes to all levels:

  • Level 4: Coopers’ Loft
  • Level 3: Theatre (Gallery), Noises Off, Rehearsal Rooms
  • Level 2: Theatre (Upper Circle)
  • Level 1: Coopers’ Hall, The Foyle Room, Coopers’ Bar, Accessible Toilet Facilities
  • Level 0: Theatre (Dress Circle), Accessible Toilet Facilities
  • Level G: Foyer, The Weston Studio (Balcony), Box Office, 1766 Bar & Kitchen, Main Entrance
  • Level -1: Theatre (Pit), The Weston Studio (Floor), Kiosk & Cloakroom, Public Lockers, Accessible Toilet Facilities

Access Performances

Signed

A signed performance features a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter who interprets the shows for deaf audiences.

Browse all upcoming Signed performances.

Captioned

Captioned (CAP) performances provide theatre experiences by converting spoken word into text that appears on a screen at the same time as words are sung or spoken on stage.

Browse all upcoming Captioned performances.

Relaxed

Specifically set-up to be sensitive to, and accepting of, audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment – including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions, anyone with sensory and communication disorders, and learning disabled people.

This means we welcome a more relaxed approach inside the theatre and in the front of house areas to allow everyone to enjoy the show in their own way, whether that includes the need to move in and out of the auditorium during the performance, make involuntary noises, or take a bit more time to adjust to surroundings.

For every Relaxed Performance we will provide a tailored visual story.

We also reduce the sound levels and remove any flashing lights or loud bangs/noises that would normally happen throughout the performance. The house lights are kept on and we have a dedicated quiet room available for anyone that needs to take a break from the theatre environment. 

If you need any further assistance, for example if a visit to the Theatre in advance of the show would help with being able to come and watch the performance, then either contact the Box Office on 0117 987 7877 (1pm to 6pm Mon to Sat) or email access@bristololdvic.org.uk and we will try and help you in any way we can. 

Please download our general guide for more information. 

Browse all upcoming Relaxed performances.