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Grand Opera House

From magical musicals to raucous stand-up comedy and live bands, the Grand Opera House offers an entertaining evening out.

Grand Opera House. York


Housed in a converted warehouse and corn exchange, the Grand Opera House has been open as a theatre since 1902. Since then stars of the stage and screen, including Charlie Chaplin, Vera Lynn and Morecambe and Wise, have taken a leading role at the theatre. Although best known for big touring West End shows and musicals, the Grand Opera House regularly offers ballet, opera, drama, comedy and music tribute acts.

Getting there

There are plenty of transport options to get you to the Grand Opera House in time for curtain call. If you're heading to the Opera House straight from Leeds Bradford International Airport you can get there within 1 hour by car or 1 hour and 30 minutes by train. 

Travelling by car in the city centre


There are plenty of car park options in York city centre. Prices can vary, so check out the Travel York website for up to date charges.

Getting around by bus


Want to save on those city centre parking prices? The city’s park and ride buses offer a free alternative.

York Railway Station


Just across the river from York railway station, the Grand Opera House is a short 10-minute walk through the city centre.

Top tip

Want to get the best seats in the house? Whether you prefer the stalls or your own private box, you can choose your seats online to avoid disappointment.


Eating and drinking

The evening doesn’t have to end when the curtain comes down, get a drink at the bar or head out into York city centre.

Arrive early for your performance and make the most of the pre-show buzz. Enjoy a drink one of the theatre’s foyer bars or get the full champagne and canapés VIP package.

In the centre of town, you’ll find plenty of options for eating or drinking before or after the show. From afternoon tea to the full fine dining experience, you can find it all in York.

Looking for a hotel in York?

We've got plenty of hotels in York to choose from. Premier Inn Blossom Street North and Premier Inn Blossom Street South are both in the city centre and a five-minute walk from York train station. Our York North hotel is about a mile from the city centre, with easy access to the A19, A64 and the businesses in and around Clifton. To be within striking distance of the York Designer Outlet, or to get to the A1(M) quickly, Premier Inn York South West is the ideal place to stay. Premier Inn York North West puts you 3-4 miles from the train station and is close to handy road connections.