The city of Bath is famed for its history and its influence during days gone by when life was about finery, theatre and socialising, but how often do visitors get the chance to peek into the past and see what lies behind the elegant exteriors of its buildings?
At Bath’s Old Orchard Street Theatre visitors of Bath B and Bs can step through the doors and back in time with a guided tour, accessing the rooms that became the first Theatre Royal outside of London. With more than 260 years of history packed into its walls, the theatre is home to vaults beneath the ground, a former Masonic temple and the original stage.
Stand on the stage where the infamous Tragic actress Sarah Siddons stood and basked in rapturous applause, step down into the vaults where exiled Frenchmen were once laid to rest and experience one of the country’s most striking Masonic halls. This is a building with something for everyone, and the expert tour guides ensure that visitors don’t miss a thing. You’ll even be taken up to the scenery loft, so this tour is a must for any visitors to a bed and breakfast in Bath with a passion for the theatre.