Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

1st Floor, 117 Trongate  G1 5HD

Thomas Gildard & Robert H.M. McFarlane, 1857

Category A Listed

One of the rarest auditoriums in the world, this is a chance to view the recently restored historic stage where Stan Laurel and Jack Buchanan made their debut, and Cary Grant danced around in his tights.

Built as a Music Hall in 1857, The Britannia Panopticon stands testament to the working classes who Glasgow who built the city to what it is today, and showcased the bawdiest, sauciest acts of the day. It was also home to the enigmatic A.E. Pickard, one of the worlds last great showmen, who transformed the building into a cinematograph, basement zoo and curiosity museum, rooftop carnival, waxworks, and freakshow. The original stage has now been uncovered and restored thanks to a successful community project, and is available to view.

Hosting a Lids Open Day

Number in Brochure: 4

Opening Times

Tue Sun 11am 5pm


Restrictions on Access: Access to auditorium on first floor only
No Disabled Access



Getting Here

Nearest Train or Subway Station(s): Central Station/Argyle Street (train) & Buchanan St/ St Enoch Subway

Parking: On Street Parking Available Charges Apply
King St Car Park behind building


0141 553 0840

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Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

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Britannia Panopticon Music Hall
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