Colston Hall is a concert hall and Grade II listed building on Colston Street, Bristol, England. It is owned by Bristol City Council and named after the philanthropist, merchant, slave trader and member of parliament Edward Colston, who founded Colston's School on this site in the early 18th century. Since 2011, management of the hall has been the direct responsibility of Bristol Music Trust.Plan to visit Colston Hall during your Bristol vacation using our convenient Bristol trip planner.
The hall first opened as a concert venue in 1867, and became a popular place for classical music and theatre. In the mid-20th century, wrestling matches were in strong demand, while in the late 1960s it developed into one of the most important rock music venues in Britain. The hall has been redeveloped several times, and was gutted by two fires in 1898 and 1945, though the original Bristol Byzantine foyer has survived. A major refurbishment, adding an extra wing, opened in 2009 and redevelopment of the cellars is planned by 2019.
The hall's official capacity is 2,075, with an additional 350 in "The Lantern", built as part of the 2009 redevelopments. As well as the main entertainment areas, there are a number of licensed bars and a restaurant.
After upcoming renovations Colston Hall will open with a new name. The change reflects concerns over the association of Colston with the slave trade. The new name is yet to be decided, but as part of fundraising plans it is hoped to be in recognition of a commercial partner.
Colston Hall Reviews
Hi i saw the Cowboy Junkies there on the 16th july 2019 And they were amazing as always. Now about the venue the bar prices i found to be at a very good price. With free tap water to hand.. The venue.... more »
Went to the RAF concert with my 98yr old Dad, we go every year and it is the high light of the year for him. Easy access and good sound for him. more »
Venue is big and spacious and has some great gigs on. The lantern room is more intimate for gigs and generally always had a decent time here! Good for a cuppa and chill out too as there is space downstairs to hang out and have a coffee.
As a venue it's very good. Staff are excellent and service is good. Can be too pricey, not always the best selection of concerts on. Bar and cafe are way too expensive
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