York Theatre Royal

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York Theatre Royal has been entertaining the crowds for over 250 years. With a wide variety of shows, events and activities, what will you see on your visit? Established in a converted tennis court in 1734, the Theatre Royal has been transformed over the years. Inside its twelfth century building mingles with Georgian interiors, while outside the Victorian façade sits next to sixties’ concrete. A major refurbishment in 2015 saw further changes making the theatre a destination for more than just catching a show. From The Railway Children and the York Mystery Plays to youth theatre groups and workshops, you’ll find plenty to see and do at this theatre.

York Theatre Royal

York Theatre Royal


Top tip

The Theatre Royal’s fantastic refurbishment means it’s a great place to hang out. Head downstairs to the café and enjoy the tranquil view through the gothic arches.


Eating and drinking

If you’re looking for something to do after your show, why not get a drink at the bar or head out into York city centre?

Get a bite to eat from the Grab-and-Go Counter, sit down for lunch or dinner, or get a drink at the bar before the show. Whatever time of day you visit, you’ll find the Theatre Royal’s eateries ready to serve up lots of great food.

Situated in the heart of York city centre, you’ll be able to find lots of food and drink options before and after your show. From a quick pint in a traditional pub to a five-course meal, you’ll be well catered for in York.


Getting to York Theatre Royal

Sitting in the shadow of York Minster, York Theatre Royal is located in the heart of York.

By car
You’ll find lots of car park options in the city centre, but Botham Row Car Park is the closest at a few minutes’ walk away.

By bus
Plenty of local buses stop right outside the theatre, so if you’re catching a bus you’ll be able to arrive with plenty of time.

By train
Just a short walk from York railway station, head across the river and you’ll be at the theatre within 10 minutes.


Looking for a hotel in York?

We've got plenty of hotels in York to choose from. Our  Blossom Street North and Blossom Street South hotels are right in the city centre. And our York North hotel is a mile further out and our Premier Inn York North West hotel is a few miles from the train station and is close to handy road connections.