Our Royal Festival auditorium was completed in 1951, although the hall has undergone a number of transformations over the years. Some of the world’s biggest music and comedy stars have performed on this stage, including The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, Motorhead and Bob Dylan. The perfect acoustics in the space have also attracted the world’s leading orchestras and classical soloists. The hall houses our magnificent organ and has a maximum capacity of 2075.
Situated in the oldest part of the building, The Lantern was built in 1873 and offers a programme of world, folk, jazz, acoustic and new classical music in a quirky and intimate space. In former times the venue was a theatre, and staged performances by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumni including Patrick Stewart and Daniel Day Lewis. The maximum capacity for this venue is 350 standing and 250 seated.
The new foyer is a light and airy space, perfect for our Friday and Saturday evening free performances. The foyer was built in 2009 and offers meeting and conference spaces available to hire.