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Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

Door open days

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The world's oldest surviving music hall in the heart of Glasgow's Merchant City where Stan Laurel made his debut in 1906. It has an incredible, quirky, and in some cases downright disgusting past.

Opened in 1857, The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall has seen a variety of entertainments including Music Hall shows, cinematograph, waxworks, rooftop carnival and a basement zoo before it closed in 1938. Saved in 1997 by social historian Judith Bowers and currently undergoing a major conservation project. Marvel at the wonders hidden within its walls.


Parking: King Street car park located to rear of building

Accessibility: No lift due to building age and listing

Information will be available in large print. We are also currently looking into the feasibility of providing this in braille and gaelic.

Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult.

Key Information

Architect: Thomas Gildard & Robert H M MacFarlane

Building Date: 1857

Where to find us

  • First floor
  • 117 Trongate
  • Glasgow
  • G1 5HD