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WORLDS OLDEST SURVIVING
MUSIC HALL

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Brittania Panopticonelcome to The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall website.

Situated on Glasgow’s historic Trongate, this music hall began life in 1857 at a time when Glasgow's population was booming, and its streets were overcrowded with working folk desperate to be entertained. Music Halls were a popular form of entertainment with the working classes during the Victorian and Edwardian era. At first, they were back rooms behind 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 to acrobats, animal, and novelty acts. In 1906, an eccentric showman, A.E Pickard, added a carnival, freak show, wax works and zoo to the entertainments where visitors could catch a glimpse of the Himalayan Bear in the basement or the Tattooed Lady in the attic.

Britannia Panopticon Music Hall is operated by a registered charity, The Friends of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust (SCIO). The aim of the charity is to promote and continue the legacy of the world’s oldest surviving music hall, advance its 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 the Support Us button in the bottom left-hand corner. We would love to have you onboard!

Britannia Panopticon is open to the public for shows and events including silent films, comedy club, Drag, Burlesque, variety, sing-a-longs and even a traditional old time music hall shows. Most of our shows and events are fundraisers for the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall. Please check our events page for the latest updates.

Please note that we do not at this time have disabled access and there are two flights of stairs up to the music hall.

We also don’t have any heating, so make sure you wrap up warm if you’re visiting us during the winter.

We also open for general viewing and for private visits to give visitors an opportunity to see inside the music hall where there is an exhibition of ephemera, a pianola to play, a bar, a merchandise stall (with postcards, bags, posters, mugs, tee-shirts, stickers etc) and of course our friendly staff and volunteers are always 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!

General Viewing is currently available until the end of November 2021 (we will reopen for general viewing in January 2022. Please keep an eye on this website or our social media for updates):

Friday and Saturday from Noon – 5pm

Admission price: Adults £2, Child £1

The entrance to the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall is on the New Wynd, a lane that runs from the Trongate to Osborne Street and is nestled between MacDonald’s the Bakers and Mrs Mitchell’s Sweet Shop on the Trongate.

If you are a subscribing supporter or member of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall general admission is free of charge and you are eligible for discounts to most of our shows and events. 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.

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 or PCR Test within 48 hours before your visit

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

For any queries you can call us on 0141 553 0840 or email us at [email protected]

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Re-opening

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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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