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City Varieties Music Hall

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Address: Swan Street, Leeds LS1 6LW, England
Phone Number: 0845 644 1881
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Description: Built in 1865 above the White Swan public house in Swan Street Leeds. Most...
Built in 1865 above the White Swan public house in Swan Street Leeds. Most famous for hosting BBC's The Good Old Days for 30 years. The City Varieties Music Hall has a varied programme of Comedy, Music, Variety, Family shows and Pantomime
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Wonderful intimate atmosphere

City Varieties was refurbished a year or two ago in keeping with the original design. Its a great place to go for a night out, not too big to be far away from the stage. There... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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326 reviews 326 reviews
37 attraction reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is a small Theatre tucked away in Central Leeds. Reminiscent of an old Music Hall. Lots of stairs to climb, be warned if you are unsteady on your feet. We were shown to the wrong seats initially by an elderly usher, but got moved on politely. There's a fair amount of leg room with the seats, but my seat... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

City Varieties was refurbished a year or two ago in keeping with the original design. Its a great place to go for a night out, not too big to be far away from the stage. There are a lot of volunteers helping out and they really add to the personal touch. Right in the heart of Leeds, it can take... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Very welcoming staff.Seating adequate.Small venue so good views.More toilet facilities required.Interval refreshment service needs updating.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The scene for BBCs' " Good Old Days". The decor reflects the period of Victorian England. The Circle Bar is awash with photographs of the myriad of Music Hall stars past and present. A very enjoyable experience.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

great atmosphere due to size of venue feels intimate and always make for great music.... the bar downstairs can get a bit hectic preshow.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

City Varieties is the place to go Good Old days shows are super, staff are always extremely helpful nothing is too much trouble, the comedy is amazing singers and children dance and sing and the stars of the show join you for a chat or a drink in the bar at the end of the show.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We went to see Shappi Khorsandi and weren't disappointed. The venue is really pleasant, we had a good view of the stage even from quite a way back, the interval drinks weren't a rip off and all the staff were very helpful and friendly. It's a lot bigger inside than it looks on the photos. We'll go again.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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33 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Fantastic . Fantastic building . Fantastic staff . Fabulous decor . Amazing value . Brilliant attractions . Wonderful experience every single time we go . Love love love it here . Don't dilly dally go .

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Southport, United Kingdom
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69 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We wanted to visit this place a couple of times but there was never the music hall variety we were wanting to see however by chance we found it listed. The theatre is a lovely theatre with some great friendly welcoming staff. The atmosphere was brilliant and the show was very good. Access for wheelchair users was good because seats... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Seen a few great comedy acts here. Full of character. First time I've been back since the refurbishment. Really good job, maintaining the lovely features. Good view. Nice bar. Highly recommended!

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