12 Old Orchard Street may be one of the more anonymous buildings in this city of architectural gems, but behind the door opening onto what is now one of Bath's quietest cobbled backstreets, is a unique history that has, over 260 years, seen it become the first Theatre Royal outside of London, then a Catholic Chapel where bishops were ordained and, since 1865, the home of one of England's oldest provincial Masonic Lodges.
The building is still used regularly as the Bath Masonic Hall, and since 2009 has become one of Bath’s tourist attractions, being open to the public on selected days each week for Guided Tours together with the Masonic Museum housed in the vaults under the Theatre. The magnificent Masonic Temple is also used as a top venue for arts events, exhibition and conferences in Bath. If you are visiting Bath as a tourist, or are a local interested in Bath’s historical buildings, The Old Orchard Street Theatre is one of the “must see” places to visit in Bath.
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