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About the Bristol Hippodrome

Situated in the heart of Bristol, the Bristol Hippodrome is the city’s own West End theatre, first opened in December 1912. Managed by the Ambassador Theatre Group, the expansive and traditional venue is designed by prolific architect Frank Matcham, who built some of London’s biggest theatres. With a grand Victorian interior, the building has a large dome in the roof which can be opened to reveal the sky, and remains one of the only functioning domes in the UK.

This dome was instrumental in minimising damage from the venue's 1948 fire. Firefighters were able to open the dome to remove smoke, and therefore stay inside for longer; whilst the stage was destroyed, the theatre re-opened just 10 months later. It is also the site of American musician Eddie Cochran’s final show - he died in a road traffic accident hours after leaving the stage in 1960. 

The Bristol Hippodrome is known for its strong links with the Welsh National Opera, which frequently visits the venue with new work. Its impressive size also makes it a popular venue for UK tours of West End musicals such as Les Misérables and Blood Brothers.

Plan your visit

Bristol Hippodrome's box office and bar spaces open up to 90 minutes before performances begin.
The cloakroom is located at the Foyer Kiosk, near the theatre's entrance. Visitors can store items here for a small fee.
Bristol Hippodrome has a variety of security measures in place to ensure theatregoers' safety and comfort. When entering the venue, you may be asked to take part in a bag search, so make sure to leave large items at home and allow plenty of time to avoid queues.
Patrons can enjoy a range of drinks and snacks at Bristol Hippodrome's bars, including the Piano Bar, Cary Grant Bar and Champagne Bar. When booking your tickets, you can also book the Ambassador Lounge, split across three levels, for pre-show and interval refreshments with bespoke service.
Bristol city centre has many affordable high street restaurants including Franco Manca for pizza lovers and Vietnamese outlet Pho. Nearby Wapping Wharf comes highly recommended by locals thanks to its range of global street food restaurants and bars; try The Athenian for Greek souvlaki or Jigaraki for Middle Eastern dishes.
Hotel du Vin Bristol is just five minutes' walk from the theatre, with Grade II listed features and an on-site bistro. Travelodge Bristol Central is around eight minutes from the Hippodrome if you're on a budget and want comfortable but affordable rooms.

Help booking tickets

Pre-booked tickets can be collected at the box office up to 90 minutes before your scheduled performance begins. Please bring your booking confirmation email and the card you booked with.
The box office is open 90 minutes before performances begin.
There is no direct box office number at Bristol Hippodrome. Customers can call 0333 009 6690 for booking queries or 0117 302 3310 for general requests including lost property.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
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