A Guide To The Bristol Hippodrome

Bristol Hippodrome

A magnificent provincial theater located near the harbor in The Center, Bristol, England, this beautiful venue is a popular choice for hosting the world’s most exciting shows. The theater stays open all year long and has something for people of all ages and varied tastes! Be it opera, ballet, concerts, or shows for children, the Bristol Hippodrome will leave you spoilt for choice. This top family-adapted theater most often features shows from London’s prestigious West End. This renowned theater is an exquisite example of Victorian architecture and is one of the finest designs by famous theater architect Frank Matcham. World premieres of a few fantastic super-hit shows such as Guys and Dolls (1953) and The Music Man (1961) were hosted at this amazing theater. The auditorium offers comfortable seating, ample legroom, and very good sound quality. With space for nearly 2,000 people, the seating is divided into three segments. Here is a guide to the Bristol Hippodrome if you intend to drop by any soon.


Bristol Hippodrome Auditorium Interior
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The theatre buzzing with diverse activities is a much-loved place due to its history and architecture. The décor is tremendous and watching brilliant shows here is thrilling. The shows hosted here include world-famous musicals, Broadway productions, West End shows, innovative plays, commercial shows, as well as dance, comedy, and magic performances. Adequate restroom facilities and friendly staff enhance your experience. The teamwork of the staff is excellent and they are efficient at managing the huge crowds.

The Bristol Hippodrome Theatre Tour

The Bristol Hippodrome Theater Tour that lasts about two hours will help you get a better insight and understanding into its functioning held on Saturdays at 10 am. The well-informed tour guides take you through the history of this wonderful theater. You can go backstage, step into the orchestra pit, and also walk on stage. Getting to know about the stars and listening to interesting anecdotes makes for a delightful, pleasurable, and entertaining experience.

What to eat

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Inside Hippodrome

Hippodrome offers you a range of bar spaces to relax and grab a bite to eat before or after a show. The energetic and lively Piano Bar and the relaxed Cary Grant Bar sell a range of locally produced drinks and savory snacks for you to enjoy. Meanwhile, Champagne Bar is the place to head to when you are looking for some opulence in the form of a chilled glass of bubbly topped off with some delicious ice cream. Up the ante with a trip to Ambassador Lounge, a welcoming bar area split across three levels. This lounge is great for any occasion and comes with its incredible service included!

Hat Bistro

Located very close to Hippodrome, Hat Bistro features a homely atmosphere and courteous staff makes this small place a good choice for an after-show dinner or snack. Warm décor, pleasant Greek music, and lovely food at affordable prices are simply superb. Check out mixed grilled meat, amazing range of cocktails, Halloumi sticks, and dessert options.

No.1 Harborside

If you want to try some local cuisine, the centrally located No.1 Harborside is the best. Wonderful and fun place with a choice of vegetarian, non-vegetarian, and vegan options. Efficient staff and a lively bar make it a pleasant experience. Snacks, fish and chips, and burgers are fantastic.


A spacious pub located right next to Hippodrome theatre it exudes traditional charm and can accommodate large groups. You can also catch up on TV shows and sports on the large screen or entertain yourself with bar games. The pub has outdoor seating too and offers a range of draught beers/lagers/ciders. It has vegetarian, non-vegetarian, and vegan options in plenty.

Travelers tips

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Hippodrome main entrance is one step up from the pavement. There is a ramp to the piano bar entrance and level access to the box office entrance. Assistance is always available at all doors for those who need help. Alternative access entrance is suitable for wheel chair users and access patrons. It is advised that those who need assistance or wheelchair should pre-book their tickets to ensure availability and special service. There are also facilities for the hearing impaired and visually impaired. Children above the age of three are admitted to the theater.

Other facilities

Water, food, and restrooms facility are available within the complex. Many restaurants arrange for pre-theatre meals and these can be pre-booked as well.

How to get there

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Reaching Bristol Hippodrome for an unforgettable theater experience is easy as the place is very well connected to the city.

By car

Satellite navigation or Google maps can come in handy while driving to Hippodrome. Many car parks are available within walking distance from the theatre.

By taxi

Taxis are available to Hippodrome from Bristol Temple Meads station.

By bus

Bus Nos. 8 and 9 drop you at Hippodrome stop.

By ferry

Ferry services offered by Ferry Boat Company bring you to the waterfront close to Hippodrome.

How to get tickets

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Tickets can be booked online on the official website. Exchange of tickets is possible through customer service help desk. However, there is no refund policy. Group bookings can be made too. You can also get tickets directly from the booking office on site.

The Bristol Hippodrome information

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The Bristol Hippodrome

Address: St. Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ, United Kingdom

Opening hours: 9am - 10pm (daily)

Cost: 17 - 55 USD

Official website: The Bristol Hippodrome

Department of tourism: Visit Bristol

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