Bristol Hippodrome

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Bristol Hippodrome
Saint Augustine's Parade,
BS1 4UZ Bristol
GB

Venue information

The Bristol Hippodrome, the city’s very own West End theatre, opened its doors on the 16th December 1912 when the curtain rose for the first time on what was generally agreed to be Oswald Stoll’s most magnificent provincial theatre.

It is a superb example of the grand architecture of the late Victorian era and is one of the masterpieces of design by Frank Matcham, the most eminent theatre architect of his time.

One of Matcham’s spectacular features included the provision of a huge water tank constructed in front of the stage, which could be filled within one minute by 100,000 gallons of water, allowing the theatre to combine three forms of entertainment – stage, circus and aquatic. To protect the orchestra and those sitting in the front Stalls from the heavy spray which resulted from some of those effects, an enormous glass screen could be raised by the single movement of a lever.

A unique feature within the theatre, which unlike the water tank still survives today, is the dome in the roof above the stalls, which can be opened to reveal the sky above. Now that the auditorium is air-cooled the dome is rarely used, but many audiences have marvelled at this event during intervals and still request its opening, which to our knowledge is the only operating dome still functioning this way in the UK

Towards the beginning of the century, the theatre staged a variety of acts as a Music Hall. Since then, and due to the fact that it has one of the largest theatre stages in Britain, The Bristol Hippodrome has established itself on the touring circuit for all major musical productions, thus becoming known as Bristol’s West End Theatre.

The Manfreds

Bristol Hippodrome
BRISTOL
10/11/14 / 19:30

The Manfreds hit the road again in October 2014. Buy The Manfreds tickets at Eventim.

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Lord Of The Dance

Bristol Hippodrome
BRISTOL
12/05/15 / 20:00

The show is described as a “spectacular new staging” and is called Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games.

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Lord Of The Dance

Bristol Hippodrome
BRISTOL
13/05/15 / 20:00

The show is described as a “spectacular new staging” and is called Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games.

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Lord Of The Dance

Bristol Hippodrome
BRISTOL
14/05/15 / 20:00

The show is described as a “spectacular new staging” and is called Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games.

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Lord Of The Dance

Bristol Hippodrome
BRISTOL
15/05/15 / 20:00

The show is described as a “spectacular new staging” and is called Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games.

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Address: Bristol Hippodrome
Saint Augustine's Parade, BS1 4UZ Bristol
Public transport
By Train
If arriving at Bristol Temple Meads station, taxis (5 mins) are available to city centre. Bus Nos 8 and 9; ask for city centre stop (or Hippodrome stop). Bristol Parkway is approximately 5 miles from city centre where taxi and bus services are also available.

For more information call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or visit www.NationalRail.co.uk.

Coach Parking
Coach parking is undergoing change in Bristol. Please call Bristol City Council Parking Services on 0117 903 8070.

By Air
Bristol Airport is a short journey from the Bristol Hippodrome. Visit their website for full flight details http://www.bristolairport.co.uk/

By Ferry
There are ferry services that alight on the waterfront around 1 minute walk away. Please contact Bristol Ferry Boat Company 0117 9273416 e-mail enquiries@bristolferryboat.co.uk or visit www.bristolferryboat.co.uk

By road
By Car
M5(N) - Junction 18 and follow A4 (Portway) to the city centre.
M5(S) Jnt 15/M4 Jnt 19. Continue on M32 to its termination bearing right and follow signs for city centre

There are a number of NCP car parks within easy walking from the theatre, situated at Rupert Street, Queen Charlotte Street and Prince Street. Rupert Street NCP parking is £2.50 per evening (6pm – midnight).
There is other parking at Trenchard Street situated to the rear of the theatre. There is additional parking at Millennium Square which is approximately 4 minutes scenic walk along the waterfront.

If you require information about parking for patrons with a disability please call 0117 3023222 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm) or email trishhodson@theambassadors.com

If you have Satellite Navigation, our postcode is BS1 4UZ. If you do not have Satellite Navigation, but require detailed driving instructions, we recommend Google Maps. Once you open the page, select directions and enter your starting point. Click here to go to our location on Google Maps

Parking

Parking
There are a number of NCP car parks within easy walking from the theatre, situated at Rupert Street, Queen Charlotte Street and Prince Street. Rupert Street NCP parking is £2.50 per evening (6pm – midnight).
There is other parking at Trenchard Street situated to the rear of the theatre. There is additional parking at Millennium Square which is approximately 4 minutes scenic walk along the waterfront. If you require information about parking for patrons with a disability please call 0117 3023222 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm) or email trishhodson@theambassadors.com

Accessibility

Access Parking
Customers can park for free with a Blue Badge on double yellow lines (up to 3 hours) or parking meters (no time limit). Closest roads to the theatre’s Access Entrance are Denmark Street, Gaunts Lane, Unity Street and Orchard Street

Lift access
From the Access Entrance to the wheelchair user’s platform only

Access toilets
There is a unisex wheelchair accessible toilet just inside the Access Entrance. There is also another one at the rear of the Cast Bar at the front of the venue.

Access to theatre bars

There is a wheelchair users’ platform lift located inside the Access Entrance down to the Stalls Bar. This bar is not always open but ‘At Seat Service’ is available on request. There is level access into Cast Bar at the front of the venue.

Level access to the theatre

Through the Access Entrance in Denmark Street. Please contact the venue’s Groups and Access department on 0117 302 3222 (Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm) or email trishhodson@theambassadors.com for specific information and booking.

Wheelchair user positions & Storage

A number of positions are available depending on your requirements – please contact the venue’s Groups and Access team on 0117 302 3222 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm) or email trishhodson@theambassadors.com for specific information and booking.

Typetalk
0871 297 5477 the national telephone relay service which enables deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired people to communicate with hearing people over the phone.

You can also come into the Box Office. The Box Office counter is of a height suitable for wheelchair users

Box Office opening hours: 12 till 6pm Monday to Saturday (extending to 15 minutes after curtain up on performance days)

Infra-red and Induction Loop hearing systems
There is a Sennheiser Infra Red system throughout the auditorium, and customers can hire a headset from the kiosk on arrival. There is also an Induction Loop system available in certain rows in the Stalls and Grand Circle – please contact the venue’s Groups and Access team on 0117 302 3222 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm) or email trishhodson@theambassadors.com for full information on which rows to book for this facility. Assisted Performances
Audio Description, Captioned and Sign Language Interpreted performances:
Sign Language Interpreted Performances – For our patrons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing we offer British Sign Language Interpreted performances. A sign language Interpreter will be sited at the side of the stage. Please contact the venue’s Groups and Access department for information on the Sign Interpreter’s position to make your booking.

Captioned performances
For patrons who are hearing impaired we offer Captioned performances. Captioning is a way of converting the spoken word into visible text, that provides people with hearing loss access to live performance. Captions are displayed on two units installed on or near the stage enable people with hearing loss to understand what is said when it is said.

Audio Described performances
For our patrons who are visually impaired we offer Audio Described performances. Audio description is a live verbal commentary, given through headsets, which describes the setting, costumes, characters, facial expressions, body language and action during silent intervals of the piece being performed. An introduction is provided prior to the show.

Touch tours
Touch Tours are often available prior to an Audio Described performance - please contact the venue’s Groups and Access team on 0117 302 3222 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm) or email trishhodson@theambassadors.com

Assisted performances are available on most of the longer running shows (2 or more week runs). For more information or to book please contact the venue’s Groups and Access team on 0117 302 3222 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm) or email trishhodson@theambassadors.com

Assistance Dogs are welcome and can be looked after by the theatre staff during the performance if requested on arrival.

There is a unisex wheelchair accessible toilet just inside the Access Entrance. There is also another one at the rear of the Cast Bar at the front of the venue.

VIP information

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I would like to arrange a children's party for Christmas or a birthday I want to celebrate with family and friends I am a corporate booker who wishes the best treatment and package I wish to celebrate my favourite show and want a bespoke package to reflect this... We will design to your bespoke requirements. All packages from £20* when booked in advance To book, make further enquires and discuss your personal VIP needs, simply email bristolvipexperience@theambassadors.com Create your memories!

*per person and minimum upgrade package includes drinks, private room and facilities, ice cream, dedicated staff member and house programme (where applicable).