Bristol: Old Vic | British Youth Music Theatre

Built in 1766 as a place where the people of Bristol could come together, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world.

It was built as a symbol of the pride we have in our city and what it can achieve and remains a place of joy, discovery and adventure to this day.

Bristol Old Vic's mission is to create pioneering twenty-first-century theatre in partnership with the people of our energetic city; inspired by the history and magical design of the most beautiful playhouse in the country.


Bristol Old Vic is located on King Street, a 5-minute walk (0.2 miles) from the City Centre Harbourside.

There are bike racks on both King Street and Prince Street.

Bristol Old Vic is a 15-minute walk (0.8 miles) from Bristol Temple Meadsrailway station, or there are regular buses and taxis from outside the station. There is also a ferry which runs from the railway station into the City Centre. Bristol Bus Station is a 15-minute walk (0.7 miles) away. From Bristol Airport, it's 40 minutes by bus or 25 minutes by taxi to the City Centre. The Bristol Airport Guide has plenty of transport information.

There are good car parking facilities in the surrounding area including the NCP on Queen Charlotte Street which is a 2-minute walk (0.1 miles) and Trenchard Street car park, a 10-minute walk across the city centre (0.4 miles). Meter parking is also available on King Street and Queen Square. There is one disabled space right outside the theatre. Blue Badge Holders park for free.

For more information on parking, including options for minibuses and large vehicles, visit Bristol City Council parking services here.

Please book taxis for drop-off (and pick-up) to Bristol Old Vic, King Street, BS1 4ED.

There is space for two coaches to set-down and pick-up in front of The Rackhay. The closest coach park is near the M Shed museum (access off of Cumberland Road) with a fee of £1.10 for up to 24 hours (do check this before setting off). Read about coach parking in Bristol on the Travel West website.