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Bristol Hippodrome

This historic theater offers a wide variety of entertainment, from West End productions and Broadway shows, to traditional pantomimes and opera.

Visit the Bristol Hippodrome for a wide variety of performances and to see the domed ceiling that can be opened up to the night sky.

The Bristol Hippodrome is one of the U.K.’s most prestigious old theaters and one of the city’s major entertainment venues. It’s known as Bristol’s “West End Theatre” and offers a wide variety of shows, including musicals, opera, ballet, stand-up comedy and traditional English “panto.” The year-round program has a much more varied line-up than venues like London’s West End. For instance, certain musicals might only run for a few days, rather than a few months, before being replaced by another. Book ahead on the venue’s website to ensure you get good seats.

The hippodrome’s auditorium consists of stalls, a grand circle and an upper circle. Rich red and gold trim lend the theater a dramatic feel. The theater’s pièce de résistance is its grand domed ceiling. On special occasions, this is opened up to reveal the sky above.

Frank Matcham designed the building, which opened in 1912. Matcham was the architect behind a number of the U.K.’s major theater venues of the time. These include the London Palladium, Hackney Empire and Victoria Palace. The Bristol Hippodrome seats approximately 1,980 people and is considered one of Matcham’s masterpieces.

If you’re especially interested in the hippodrome’s history, take the two-hour guided tour held on Saturday mornings. A knowledgeable guide takes you front of house and backstage. Expect to learn a lot about past productions, actors who have performed here, and one or two ghost stories. Buy tickets for the tour on the hippodrome’s website.

Bristol Hippodrome is on St. Augustine’s Parade in the city center. From the main train station, Bristol Temple Meads, it’s a five-minute taxi ride, or slightly longer bus journey. There is also metered car parking nearby.


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Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel CA $146
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

College Green, Bristol, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Harbourside, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St Nicholas Market and University of Bristol. Cabot Circus Shopping Centre and Clifton Suspension Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km). Bristol Temple Meads Station is 19 minutes by foot and Bristol Clifton Down Station is 21 minutes.

    Future Inn Bristol CA $102
    Future Inn Bristol

    Future Inn Bristol

    Bond Street South, Bristol, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Bristol, this hotel is steps away from Showcase Cinema De Lux and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and University of Bristol are also within 1 mile (2 km). Bristol Temple Meads Station is 14 minutes by foot and Bristol Montpelier Station is 18 minutes.

      SACO Bristol - Broad Quay CA $119
      SACO Bristol - Broad Quay

      SACO Bristol - Broad Quay

      Central Quay South, Bristol, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Bristol City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Baldwin Street and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. O2 Academy and St Nicholas Market are also within 10 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 16 minutes by foot and Bristol Bedminster Station is 21 minutes.

        Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel CA $101
        Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

        Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

        Broad Street, Bristol, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Bristol City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Nicholas Market, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and O2 Academy. University of Bristol and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre are also within 15 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 15 minutes by foot and Bristol Clifton Down Station is 21 minutes.

          The Bristol Hotel CA $119
          The Bristol Hotel

          The Bristol Hotel

          Prince Street, Bristol, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Bristol City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Queen Square and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. We The Curious and St Nicholas Market are also within 10 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 15 minutes by foot and Bristol Bedminster Station is 19 minutes.

            Hotel du Vin & Bistro Bristol CA $165
            Hotel du Vin & Bistro Bristol

            Hotel du Vin & Bistro Bristol

            Narrow Lewins Mead, Bristol, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Bristol, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Colston Hall, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, and University of Bristol. St Nicholas Market and O2 Academy are also within 10 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 18 minutes by foot and Bristol Clifton Down Station is 19 minutes.

              Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel CA $101
              Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel

              Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel

              5-7 Welsh Back, Queen Quay, Bristol, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Bristol City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Baldwin Street and St Nicholas Market. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and O2 Academy are also within 10 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 13 minutes by foot and Bristol Bedminster Station is 21 minutes.

                Radisson Blu Hotel Bristol CA $142
                Radisson Blu Hotel Bristol

                Radisson Blu Hotel Bristol

                Broad Quay, Bristol & West House, Bristol, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Bristol City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Baldwin Street and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. O2 Academy and St Nicholas Market are also within 10 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 17 minutes by foot and Bristol Bedminster Station is 22 minutes.