Visiting us


The Theatre Collection is open to everyone. 

Entrance to the Theatre Collection is free, although we do welcome donations.

We have a small exhibition area, an open access reference library and extensive archival collections which are available for viewing in our reading room.

As some of our holdings are stored off-site, if you wish to consult material for research purposes,  arranging an appointment is highly recommended to ensure that we can help you make the most of your visit.

Opening hours

  • Monday: Closed 
  • Tuesday to Friday: 9.30 am to 17:00 pm

*** We're sorry to announce that the Theatre Collection will be closed this Friday, 2 August. We will reopen as usual on Tuesday 6 August ***

The Theatre Collection is closed at weekends, on bank holidays, University closure days, and on the following dates: 

Annual Closure Period: The Theatre Collection will be closed for its annual collections management period from 5pm on Friday 23 August to 9.30am on Tuesday 17 September.  We will be open on Saturday 14 September (10 am to 4 pm) as part of the national Heritage Open Day event so do come and see us if you're in Bristol!
Group visits

We welcome groups from schools, societies and other associations of up to 15 people. We offer a free tour of the Theatre Collection and a selection of the materials held here, lasting up to an hour and a half.

Group visits are by prior appointment only: please contact us to arrange a visit.

If there are particular materials that your students/members would be interested to see, please let us know when you book your visit.

Accessible facilities

  • There is an access ramp at the 21 Park Row entrance to the Theatre Collection.
  • Access between floors is by lift, with a maximum width to fit a wheelchair of 31 inches (78cm).
  • A toilet suitable for use by disabled visitors is on the first floor, next to the Theatre Collection.

Please let us know if you have any special requirements. 


There are plenty of cafes, pubs and sandwich bars within easy walking distance of the Theatre Collection.

How to find us

Our publicly accessible entrance is located on Park Row:

University of Bristol Theatre Collection
Faculty of Arts
Vandyck Building
21 Park Row

Opposite the Trenchard Street multi-storey car park

Our entrance is clearly signed, with blue railings outside. Please ring the buzzer for entry (the doors are automatic, so please do not push).

Find us on the University Google map.

Travel information

Find out how to get to the University.

The University of Bristol encourages all visitors to travel by a sustainable mode of transport when attending meetings or conferences.


Looking to stay overnight? Read more about where to stay.

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