Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Shimla

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Address: The Mall, Shimla-171001, Himachal Pradesh, India

Phone: +91-1772650173

Ticket Price: 25 INR

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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About Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Shimla

Located in the heart of Shimla, on the Mall Road, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is a significant tourist hot spot. Opened on the 30th of May in 1887, this historic cultural centre was designed by Henry Irwin. The building's exquisite Gothic style of architecture is a true manifestation of Victorian artistry.

Initially, it was a five-story building with a Theatre, Ballroom, Armory, Police Office, Bar and Galleries. After nearly two decades from its date of establishment, it was found that the building was structurally unsafe. It was partially demolished, but the Gaiety Theatre remained untouched.

The most popular attraction in this complex is the Victorian Theatre where legends like Rudyard Kipling, Prithvi Raj Kapoor, Baten Powel, K. L. Sehgal and others have performed. More than a century-old symbol of art and culture – the Gaiety is primarily known for its social club.

With an array of venues, including Exhibition Hall, Art Gallery, Multi-purpose hall, Amphitheatre and an old theatre hall, is the hub of performing arts in the state. The complex witnesses a huge influx of visitors year-round due to its cultural prominence.

Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex Information

  • Watch out the building from outside at night to marvel at the aesthetic lighting and construction.

Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex Ticket Prices

  • Foreigners: Rs. 25
  • Indian Nationals: Rs. 10

How To reach Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex by Public Transport

  • You can get there by a Bus or a Taxi. 

Restaurants Near Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

  • Wake and Bake cafe

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Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Shimla Reviews

  • It's been rebuilt on old lines. Still has old stone masonry which is out of sync with new masonry and looks awful. Represents our colonial past. Best if the complex had been built on modern lines. Would have been more practical and good looking.

  • Its a wonderful place. Simla visit will be incomplete without visiting here. The architecture is unbelievable. We cant take photos from inside. So you have to visit there your own.

  • It’s a British time built and nice to view, every year Christmas celebration happens here with a lot of cultural programmes performed by different groups. New year celebrations also conducted here, you need to book passes better before time to avoid last minute rush.

  • Had a walk around today 50 rupees in which included taking photos We first had a private chat with one of the custodians of the theatre ,what a interesting place and man ,full of good information about the theatre it's history and restoration .

  • Iconic building of Shimla ABOUT GAIETY: The Gaiety Theatre, and a tradition of amateur theatrical remains in the stump of the once colossal edifice that was the Town Hall. The architect Henry Irwin, who built the Viceregal Lodge, designed the theatre building. In 1911, the upper portions of the building were dismantled as the structure was found to be unsafe. It was opened on the 30thof May, 1887, Queen Victoria's Jubilee Year and its God-Father was Lord Bill Beresford, who saved the Simla A.D.C.(Amateur Dramatic Club) , time and again from financial ruin. The formal inauguration of the Simla A.D.C. took place in the year 1888 and since then plays have been staged in the Gaiety with unfailing regularity.The history of ADC goes back to the times when theatre was looked upon as a major and serious source of entertainment and, therefore became a cultural necessity for the English elite. Hence, Shimla became the home of amateur theatre and the Gaiety Theatre produced the best of the plays performed in London.

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