City Varieties Music Hall

Leeds Heritage Theatres


"A hidden gem. Leeds’ oldest working theatre and the Guinness World Record holder for the nation’s longest running music hall. Not bad for a once smoke-filled room above a pub, where the working class of Leeds could eat, drink, shout vulgarities and sing-along to pithy ditties."
  • Creadble provider: NO
  • Creadble access: NO
  • Creadble employer: NO

Access Card Notes

"Join our free Access Membership Scheme so we can ensure you have the best experience possible." Access Card with '+1' symbol accepted as proof for a free essential companion ticket.

Contact details

City Varieties Music Hall Swan St, Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, LS1 6LW
Phone: 0113 205 3899

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair access
All seating areas have lift or step access as City Varieties Music Hall is built over a pub; the lift goes to all levels of the auditorium.

The stairs in the building are very steep in places and the Circle and Upper Circle levels have steps down to the front rows.

Wheelchair spaces are available in the Stalls and Circle areas. Please inform Box Office if you would prefer to transfer from a wheelchair into a seat as space to store wheelchairs is limited.

Short Distances

Short distance
Parking is available at several city centre car parks near the venue. There is no vehicle access to the building for customers.

Q-Park St Johns
Q-Park The Light
NCP The Core
Q-Park Albion Street
Templar and Edward Street
Victoria Gate Multi Storey

All the car parks listed above have provision for Blue Badge holders. In addition, there are on-street parking bays for Blue Badge holders across Leeds city centre.

Essential Companions

Essential Companions
If you require an essential companion to accompany you to the theatre, we request that person comes with you to the familiarisation visit and we ask that they be a minimum of 14 years of age.

Accessing Visual Information

Accessing Visual Information
Please visit our website for a list of audio-described performances.

Accessing Audible Information

Accessing Audible Information
An Audio Induction Loop is installed but reception is limited in some seating areas. Following tests with Leeds Hard of Hearing Forum, we recommend the following areas:

Stalls: Rows G – T (the middle seats are the best reception)
Circle: Rows D – G
The Upper Circle, Side Stalls and Boxes do not provide a good experience for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Please visit our website for a list of BSL interpreted or captioned performances.

Other Notes

Other Notes
When joining the scheme, you will be invited to visit the venue to familiarise yourself with the location of our services and facilities. You can meet with a member of our team to discuss our evacuation procedures, and any specific needs you have that will make your visit easier and more enjoyable.

Please visit our website for a list of relaxed or dementia-friendly performances.