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Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

Open today: 12:00 - 17:00

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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...more
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113-117 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD, Scotland
+44 141 553 0840
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Reviewed 15 February 2019

Took my almost 90 year old dad there for a show. He had such Happy memories of being there as a child with his parents. The ‘staff’ actors were all so friendly and welcoming and made my dad feel like a VIP. Great memories and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank GillianCree
Reviewed 14 February 2019

An amazing place and well worth a visit to see the very stage where Stan Laurel made his debut at the age of 16. Well done to all the volunteers.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank SimonGreen
Reviewed 3 February 2019

Had a problem locating the building at first but eventually found it. Work is ongoing to restore the building which has suffered from fire and general ageing! While we were there a black and white film showing old Glasgow and the Clyde was running. There...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RosieL206
Reviewed 20 November 2018 via mobile

In its current state, I’m surprised the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall is even open for business. It’s quite run down and isn’t in a good state of repair. Apparently this was the venue where Stan Laurel made his debut

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

This is the oldest music hall in the world. It now a crumbling attraction run by volunteers. It was here that Stan Laurel made his stage debut.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ian_dempster
Reviewed 13 October 2018

I found this venue fascinating. It's supported by a group of volunteers who are bringing this Victorian music hall back to life. There's still a lot of work to do but that's part of its charm. It's very small, intimate and atmospheric. The staff I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

This is an unusual venue accessed via an alleyway off Argyle Street in Glasgow. It’s old and it’s cold with plaster from another century.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lorneb333
Reviewed 29 September 2018

We were in Glasgow visiting friends when we saw the 'Open Doors' booklet. My wife picked out the Britannia Panoptican Music Hall for a visit as we saw it ages ago on the 'Restoration' TV programme. We found the whole place extremely interesting and the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 26 September 2018

Thanks to Glasgow Doors Open for this lovely surprise ! The exterior has been lovingly restored but please go inside. It's a 'work in progress' to be honest but the atmosphere is special and there was wonderful memorabilia on display.In the past, not only a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank vessi80
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Had done tour many years ago on doors open day and returned this weekend on doors open day. Still very much a building in need of tic but a lot has been done in intervening years to make building wind and watertight and it is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Clive B
26 July 2018|
Response from bobmL1122XS | Reviewed this property |
It’ll vary, call or email them, that’s the only way you’ll find out. Hope this helps Bob
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