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WORLDS OLDEST SURVIVING
MUSIC HALL

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Brittania Panopticonelcome to The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall situated in Glasgow down New Wynd Lane, Trongate. This Music hall began in 1857 in the midst of the Victorian era when Glasgow's population was booming and streets were over crowded with folk desperate to work in one of the largest cities new industries. Music Halls were a popular form of entertainment and oten built at the back of pubs, though this one is different, being on the floor above! It would have held over 1500 visitors, eager to be amused and let off steam while watching the acts that ranged from singers, dancers and comedians. In 1906, an eccentric showman, A.E Pickard, brought in the carnival freak show and zoo where visitors could catch a glimpse of the Himalayan Bear in the basement or the Tattooed Lady in the attic.

Brittania PanopticonWe are a registered charity, operating in the heart of Glasgow’s City Centre. Our aim is to promote and continue the legacy of the world’s oldest surviving music hall, advance the conservation and ensure the building’s future as a viable visitor attraction, museum and working venue. It's a huge part of Glasgow's entertainment history and we rely a lot on our wonderful customers who leave donations. If you wish to contribute in any way please click on support. We would love to have you onboard!

We are open for free general viewing Tuesday - Saturday noon - 5pm. Please note that we do not at this time have disabled access. We have a fantastic program of events which help to fundraise for this building such as silent films, comedy clubs, Drag-opticon, sing alongs and much more including our monthly old time music hall memories. For more upcoming shows, please look at our events for a great mix of entertainment suitable for all.

Inside there is an exhibition of ephemera, a merchandise stall with postcards, bags, posters, mugs, tee-shirts, stickers etc and of course our friendly staff and volunteers will be available to regale you with tales of the history of the world’s oldest surviving music hall from the unique acts that graced our stage, to the boisterous crowds and the secret to how this building never burnt down like so many other music halls!

Finally, after months of pandemic forced closure, we are pleased to announce that the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall will reopen to the public on Tuesday 28th September from which time the opening hours will be as follows:

Day Time Last Admission
TUESDAY 11am - 5pm 4:30pm
WEDNESDAY 11am - 5pm 4:30pm
THURSDAY 11am - 5pm 4:30pm
FRIDAY 11am - 5pm 4:30pm
SATURDAY 11am - 5pm 4:30pm

We look forward to welcoming you back to Britannia Panopticon Music Hall. Stay safe and we hope to see you soon.

As Britannia Panopticon is not subsidised (like Glasgow Museums), we will now be charging a small admission fee from the 28th September 2021.

Admission charge: £5 adults & £2 children

If you are a subscribing supporter or member of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall your admission is free of charge. If you are not a subscribing supporter or member and would like to become one, please click “Support Us” on the bottom left corner of your screen.

Booking in advance is not necessary.

Due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic we will still be observing the following rules to help keep everyone safe:

Please wear a mask if you are not exempt

Please observe social distancing

Please only visit if you have had a negative Rapid Antigen Test within 48 hours before your visit

Please do not visit us if you are feeling unwell or have a temperature

We also have some fabulous shows starting from October, please check our events and for any queries you can call us on 0141 553 0840 or email us at [email protected]

Sadly, we do not yet have disabled access and there are two flights of stairs up to the music hall.

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Finally, after months of pandemic forced closure, we are pleased to announce that the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall will reopen to the public on Tuesday 28th September from which time the opening hours will be as follows:

Day Time Last Admission
TUESDAY 11am - 5pm 4:30pm
WEDNESDAY 11am - 5pm 4:30pm
THURSDAY 11am - 5pm 4:30pm
FRIDAY 11am - 5pm 4:30pm
SATURDAY 11am - 5pm 4:30pm

We look forward to welcoming you back to Britannia Panopticon Music Hall. Stay safe and we hope to see you soon.

As Britannia Panopticon is not subsidised (like Glasgow Museums), we will now be charging a small admission fee from the 28th September 2021.

Admission charge: £5 adults & £2 children

If you are a subscribing supporter or member of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall your admission is free of charge. If you are not a subscribing supporter or member and would like to become one, please click “Support Us” on the bottom left corner of your screen.

Booking in advance is not necessary.



Due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic we will still be observing the following rules to help keep everyone safe:

Please wear a mask if you are not exempt

Please observe social distancing

Please only visit if you have had a negative Rapid Antigen Test within 48 hours before your visit

Please do not visit us if you are feeling unwell or have a temperature

We also have some fabulous shows starting from October, please check our events and for any queries you can call us on 0141 553 0840 or email us at [email protected]

Sadly, we do not yet have disabled access and there are two flights of stairs up to the music hall.

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