The Bristol Hippodrome is situated on St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ, adjacent to the Floating Harbour.
If you are arriving by car, you can be dropped off at the main entrance. Orange and Blue badge holders can park on Denmark Street free of charge on the parking meters and double yellow lines, but please note space is very limited.
The nearest car park is Trenchard Street situated to the rear of the theatre, which is approximately 2 minutes walk. There’s additional parking at Millenium Square which is approximately 4 minutes walk along the waterfront.
For information about buses please call Traveline on 0117 955 5111
Temple Meads railway station is about one and a half miles from the theatre. There’s a taxi rank outside the station, or patrons can catch a number 8 or 9 bus. Ask for the Hippodrome stop.
The main entrance to the theatre is to the right of the Cast bar and Box Office. There are two sets of double doors, with a single door in between them. These open towards you, and there is one step up from the pavement into the foyer.
For Patrons using a wheelchair, there’s a level access entrance on Denmark Street, which runs down the left side of the theatre. This is a one way street, so by car must be approached from around the back of the theatre. The entrance is the third door on the left from the rear of the theatre. From the front of the theatre, the door will be the second on your right. Please note the pavement here is narrow and uneven. There’s a doorbell to the left of the entrance. This door opens thirty minutes before the show.
A wheelchair accessible toilet is located on the left as you go through this entrance.
As you enter through the main entrance doors, you can collect your headsets from the member of staff on the left hand side of the foyer. Braille and large print cast lists will also be available here. If you would like to listen to the introductory notes 15 minutes before the start of the performance, you should collect your headset in good time to take your seat.
There’s a merchandise counter selling souvenirs of the show on the right.
The theatre has three Bars; the Stalls Bar, the Grand Circle Bar and Cast Bar. All bars open 1 hour before the start of the performance. To get to the Grand Circle bar, go up the main flight of stairs in the foyer. At the top double doors lead into the Bar. Please note that there are four pillars positioned a little way in front of the double doors.
The entrance to the Cast bar is situated to the left of the theatre’s main entrance. There’s a slight ramped entrance to double doors. The doors open towards you. The bar counter is ahead of you to the right a door leads into the theatre foyer.
The auditorium was built in 1912 in the typical Victorian Musical style. It accommodates 1,977 people in Stalls, Grand Circle and Upper Circle seats.
To get into the stalls auditorium, or the stalls bar, 11 steps lead up from the main foyer. These have a central handrail, and handrails either side. At the top, two sets of hinged double doors – which are usually kept open before the show – lead to a wide corridor which slopes gently upwards. At the end of this is the entrance to the Stalls seating – again, through two sets of double doors. This brings you in at the rear right corner of the auditorium. The floor slopes down towards the stage.
The entrance to the stalls bar is situated just before the last doors into the auditorium, to the left, down several flights of steps. The ladies’ toilet is at the bottom of the first flight.
Gentlemen’s toilets are situated to the left of the Stalls down two flights of steps and through two swing doors.
Please note that this information has been supplied by the venue and although every effort has been made to check details, you may still have some queries. In this case, we would ask you to contact the theatre direct for clarification.
Further information and contact details
At Bristol Hippodrome Guide dogs can remain with owners in the auditorium during the performance – or with a member of the front of house team if you prefer. Please let us know when collecting your headset. Please note that the space between rows is quite narrow.
If you have any questions, or require further information before your visit, please phone Trish Hodson on 0117 302 3222 between the hours of 10am and 6pm Monday to Friday.