This anonymous building in a cobbled back street contains 200 years of history that saw it become the first Theatre Royal outside of London, then a catholic chapel where Bishops were ordained and, since 1865, the home of one of England's oldest provincial Masonic Lodges.
Guided tours of the building are available throughout the year on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11am or 2.30pm. Saturday at 2.30pm only. Group bookings for 10 or more by prior arrangement only.
During your one-hour tour you will stand on the very stage where Sarah Siddons, the finest Tragic Actress of all time, received the adulation of her audiences, then go backstage to see the original 18th Century scenery loft. You will visit the chapel where Bishop Baines would prepare before delivering his fiery sermons, then enter the vaults below where exiled French nobility were once buried.
Finally you will experience the ambience of one of the grandest Masonic Halls in the country, and view possibly one of the finest collections of rare Masonic Artefacts in the World.
Tickets for the tours can be purchased from the main Bath Visitor Information Centre located just off York Street, or on the door. Advance bookings also available on-line through our website.
|Open All Year|
|Opening (01/01/2013 - 31/12/2013)|
* Guided Tours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 11.00 and 14.30, Saturday at 14.30.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£6.00 per ticket|
|Children (6 - 16)||£3.50 per ticket|
|Concessions||£5.00 per ticket|
|Family (2 adults plus 2 children||£12.00 per ticket|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
- Celebrity connection - Sarah Siddons
- In town/city centre
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- Approx length of visit - Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes
- Groups Accepted - Groups of more than 10 by prior arrangement
- Conference facilities
- Event venue
- Open all year
- Marketed towards families
- Marketed towards senior citizens
Tours and Demonstrations
- Guided Tours Compulsory for Groups
- Guided Tours Compulsory for Individuals
Follow signs for Southgate shopping centre parking. Old Orchard Street is directly opposite the car park entrance on Henry Street.
Public Transport Directions
From bus and train stations, walk 100 yards up Manvers Street, turn left into Henry Street and Orchad Street is 50 yards on your left.