Masonic Hall @ Old Theatre Royal
12 Old Orchard St , Bath , BA1 1JUMENU
The Old Theatre Royal is an anonymous building in a quiet cobbled backstreet in the city of Bath. There is a unique 265 year history behind these doors waiting for you. This was the first Theatre Royal outside of London. It held many Shakespearean productions and entertained royalty regularly. The theatre then became a Catholic Chapel in the early 1800’s. It became home to the Benedictine Mission to Bath and was their principal place of worship. Now, The Old Theatre Royal is home to one of England’s oldest Masonic Lodges. The Masonic Lodge still use the Masonic Hall on a regular basis.
The building is also a top city centre venue for weddings, parties, formal dinners and corporate events. It has a unique ambience, many points of interest and photo opportunities. It offers its patrons flexibility and facilities to cover all their needs. The team also offer a supplier network which is vast, local and experienced. Various spaces are available to hold all types of private functions. This includes the magnificent Masonic Hall, Regency Dining Room and smaller meeting rooms.
Since 2009, the Old Theatre Royal has been open to the public. Guided Tours of the building are available throughout the year. The vaults beneath the Old Theatre Royal now house one of the finest Masonic Museums in the country. The museum is open to the public and included as part of the guided tours.
Every year the Old Theatre Royal is proud to be part of many Bath Festivals. During the festivals, the Masonic Hall is home to musical, theatrical and comedy performances. It also houses many other gigs and performances throughout the year.
The Old Theatre Royal welcomes hundreds of visitors and guests each year. It is an integral part of the rich history of the city of Bath.
Level Access is provided throughout the ground floor, with routes & pathways suitable for visitors with limited mobility. There is a lift to the Museum and vaults below and to the dining room on the first floor; the lift will accommodate a wheelchair together with occupant plus an accompanying assistant. A ramp is available for wheelchair users if required for negotiating a low step at the front entrance. There is no wheelchair access to the backstage area. Areas above the first floor are only accessible by stairs and therefore not accessible for wheelchair users.
A dedicated disabled toilet is provided on the ground floor
A hearing loop is installed in the Temple/auditorium area.
The building is non-smoking throughout.
Travelling By Car:
There is no dedicated parking on-site. You can download a map here showing all of the City Centre Car Parks. A price guide for these is available here.
The nearest large car park is in Southgate (100 metres walk), and live information on the number of currently available spaces at Southgate is available here. Southgate has allocated disabled parking spaces on Level 1, from which street level is accessible by a lift. The lift exiting in Philip Street is the closest to us. There are also on-street disabled parking spaces in New Orchard Street, approximately 50 metres from the entrance.
There are four Park & Ride carparks on the outskirts of the City, details of which are contained in a leaflet that can be downloaded here. Live information on the number of currently available Park & Ride spaces is available here.
Travelling By Public Transport:
From the Bus Station, walk east approximately 50 metres to the Train Station Forecourt, then follow the directions from there.
From the Train Station Forecourt, walk north up Manvers Street approx 150 metres, then turn left into Henry Street, following the blue signs for the Masonic Museum. Approximately 50 metres along Henry Street turn right into Old Orchard Street and the entrance to The Old Theatre Royal is about 25 metres on your right.
From the Sightseeing Bus Stops on Terrace Walk, walk south down Pierrepont Street approx 100 metres, then turn right into Henry Street, following the blue signs for the Masonic Museum. Approximately 50 metres along Henry Street turn right into Old Orchard Street and the entrance to The Old Theatre Royal is about 25 metres on your right.