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Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

113-117 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD, Scotland
+44 141 553 0840
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Britannia Panopticon is the worlds oldest surviving music hall. It opened in 1857 above a pub called the Britannia Vaults and it served the working classes who made Glasgow the Industrial Capital of the World. For over 80 years Britannia entertained, and in addition to being a music hall, the building also accommodated early cinema, wax works, carnival amusements, freak show and basement zoo.Famous debut performances include Stan Laurel in 1906 and Jack Buchanan in 1911. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon - 4pm (unless a show is programmed) from April - November for general viewing.Britannia Panopticon is also open for music hall shows, silent movie and Laurel & Hardy film nights, marts, festivals and other events. Admission is generally free (we charge to get back out). Please donate when you visit to help us raise money to conserve this wonderful historic survivor from the heyday of music hall and early cinema. Britannia Panopticon is also available for private hire (conditions apply).
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
113-117 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD, Scotland
+44 141 553 0840
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called in by chance and found a fascinating history of Music Hall and Stan Laurel's first stage appearances. Got to try the pianolas too!

Thank MandERees
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a free attraction and it won't be for everyone but it is well worth a visit. It is the world's oldest surviving music hall and where Stan Laurel made his theatrical debut. It was sealed off in the upper floor of the building...More

Thank Alex_Andraya
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

The world's oldest surviving music hall is a real hidden treasure. It's very atmospheric and gives a real sense of bygone days. There is some interesting information about acts from the past on display, such as Stan Laurel. My friend and I attended a Victorian...More

Thank Clare S
Reviewed 27 May 2017

If you have any interest in theatre or music hall, this is a must! Really informative guides. Evocative, atmospheric and being used!

Thank GastronomeUK
Reviewed 13 May 2017

A great treat to see complimentary acts and hear talented musicians play along to silent movies. Each week this venue aspires to show the same film that was being screened in Glasgow 100 years before. This is officially the oldest music hall in the U.K....More

Thank claire82017
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

Visited on Easter Sunday to see panto with two children (3&10). It's a very interesting building albeit very cold (so wrap up warm). No good for anyone with mobility problems as there's a steep flight of stairs to enter building. Nice info boards about the...More

Thank coakshar
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Strolling along Argyle Street towards the Tron Theatre, I stumbled upon a fabulous find- the oldest music hall in the world! Accessed down a lane (the original frontage having been converted to an Gaming arcade), you climb a couple of flights of stairs, then through...More

Thank Graham S
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Fantastic building and so interesting as you effectively step back in time. The show was funny and hugely entertaining. The atmosphere was great and audience participation was encouraged. I loved it and I haven't laughed so much in ages.

Thank mirocat
Reviewed 2 December 2016

The old music hall is slowly being brought back to life - presumable as money becomes available. There is no formal tour - you just wander round and look at the structure - which is quite dimly lit. There are volunteers with some information too....More

Thank HarryWragg40
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Iconic venue for Section -33 s latest event. Fab music accompanied different foods , very tasty, Well done to Kyle and his staff.

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2 April 2015|
Response from Florrie-Bow-Wow | Property representative |
Hi there, apologies for the delay in answering, I have been out of office since last week! We are open from Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 5 as of the 18th of April