Here, we’re going to look at some of the most popular destinations in the UK and show you some of the top bingo clubs that call them home!
As the capital of England, London has heaps to offer visitors. For starters, there are lots of tourist attractions including the Tower of London, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, and St Paul’s Cathedral. And for shops, you’ve got the likes of Camden Market, Harrods, and Bond Street.
Gala Bingo Wandsworth
When Gala Bingo rebranded its bingo clubs as Buzz Bingo, our venue in Tooting became Buzz Tooting.
It’s well worth a trip to the bingo hall just to marvel at the building. It’s an old cinema which was one of the first Art Deco cinemas to be built in the UK and it dates back to the 1930s.
There are a mix of paper and electronic ticket deals, ‘Pots of Gold’ jackpots, and food and drink. Plus, the club hosts plenty of feature games including a National Game, Double Number, and NHS Lucky Stars.
Soon to open on Worship Street, EC2 is Hijingo, which touts itself as ‘the world’s greatest bingo show’.
The owners of the brand plan to introduce a brand-new concept which involves a multi-sensory, immersive experience set within 8,000 square foot of space that can hold up to 200 players.
The lighting and production will even be provided by a team of professionals who’ve previously supported Beyonce and Lady Gaga! The club also has two bars and a kitchen which serves Asian-inspired food.
A trip to Birmingham wouldn’t be complete without a shopping trip to the Bullring.
There are hundreds of places to stay during your visit, from affordable B&Bs to fine hotels like The Edgbaston, Malmaison, and Hyatt Regency.
You could spend some time shopping in the famous Jewellery Quarter or take in some culture at the city’s Museum and Art Gallery.
BJs Bingo Club
BJs Bingo on Mackadown Lane is well-known for its friendly atmosphere. The club offers free membership and hosts a weekly Friday night quiz with free bingo.
It also hosts a National Bingo Game and Treasure Chest Game and offers a range of ticket packages, including Bronze, Silver, and Gold.
Liverpool—the home of The Beatles—draws music lovers from near and far.
You can take a wander down Mathew Street to listen to the many live bands perform or visit the Tate, the Merseyside Maritime Museum, and the Royal Albert Dock.
In 2020, Liverpool’s Content Warehouse became the official home of Bongo’s Bingo.
The warehouse is located in the city’s Baltic Triangle, a historic industrial area with numerous maritime connections. Many of the buildings in the area fell derelict following heavy bombing during the Second World War, but the area was given a new lease of life for commercial use from 2005.
Bongo’s Bingo is not your typical bingo club. In fact, it’s far from it. Think of the sessions more like party nights which include some “brilliantly bonkers” impromptu raves, sing-a-longs, and bingo sessions, as well as a range of crazy and unique prizes that have previously included cash, celebrity cardboard cut-outs, Henry Hoovers, and giant toy unicorns! Sounds amazing!
Up until March 2020, The Pavilion Bingo & Social Club, known locally as ‘The Pivvy’, was still trading. However, it became one of many casualties of the first COVID-19 lockdown.
The building is a 112-year-old former theatre and was turned into a bingo hall in 1961.
A local restaurant owner is currently hoping to turn the beautiful venue into a takeaway, so you may well have the chance to pop by for a bite to eat while you’re visiting the city.
The Adelphi Hotel
In 1997, Liverpool’s Adelphi Hotel featured in a ‘fly on the wall’ BBC series called Hotel.
As well as providing the perfect place to stay while you’re enjoying everything that the city has to offer, The Adelphi (which was built at the turn of the century) also has a games room which hosts regular bingo nights.
Many celebrities have stayed at the hotel in the past, including Bob Dylan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Frank Sinatra.
Manchester is famous for many things, one of which is its music scene which gave rise to a massive number of bands including The Smiths, Herman’s Hermits, The Stone Roses, Oasis, New Order, The Happy Mondays, and Take That.
The city also boasts two Premier League football clubs, a cathedral, an art gallery, and a Science and Industry Museum.
Club 3000 in the Ellesmere Shopping Centre on Bolton Road is one of the biggest and most modern clubs in the operator’s chain.
The venue offers a range of cash prizes which can stretch to £25K, and along with plenty of of bingo sessions, there are several high-stakes slots and gaming machines.
Many famous people come from Edinburgh, including Sean Connery, J K Rowling, Alexander Graham Bell, Irvine Welsh, and Gail Porter.
It has almost 500,000 residents and is home to Holyrood House and Abbey, The Royal Mile, a Royal Botanic Garden, and the National Museum of Scotland.
Sadly, many of the city’s most historic bingo halls (including the Royal George and Premier Bingo) have permanently closed in recent years.
Empire Bingo is another of the city’s lost bingo halls, but you can still get a taste (quite literally, in fact) of what life was once like for its players, as the building is now home to a pub.
The venue originally opened as a theatre in 1912 before becoming an adult cinema followed by a bingo hall.
Royal Bingo on Drum Street is an independent club with a great atmosphere.
It hosts afternoon sessions from 1:50pm on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays, and a nightly 7:30pm session.
Gateshead is where you can see the famous sculpture, The Angel of the North, and it’s also home to the Millennium Bridge, the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, the Metro Centre, and Saltwell Park.
The city boasts a massive indoor shopping centre that features high street brands, as well as designer boutiques, and it also provides easy access to the nearby Hadrian’s Wall.
Buzz Bingo, Metro Centre
The Metro Centre isn’t just one of Gateshead’s primary shopping destinations. It’s also where you’ll find one of the busiest bingo halls in north-east England.
Buzz Bingo offers on-site parking, a licensed bar, food and drink, and a slots club, and it also runs thrilling bingo sessions seven days a week.
Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland. It sits on the banks of the River Lagan and is the birthplace of actors Kenneth Branagh and Jamie Dornan, Nathan Connolly of Snow Patrol, Eamonn Holmes, George Best, and Van Morrison.
The city’s tourist attractions range from the Grand Opera House, HMS Caroline, and St Anne’s Cathedral to Waterfront Hall, Titanic Belfast, and the Ulster Museum.
Westway Bingo Hall
Belfast’s Westway Bingo Hall on Falls Road is more famous than you might expect, as it featured in Series 13 of BBC1’s Our Lives series. The venue hosts some of the biggest nights of the year and has developed a loyal customer base.
The leisure complex that houses the bingo club also includes a café, snooker and pool club (which features 13 full-size snooker tables and four competition-size pool tables), plus a pro shop.
If you want to combine bingo with some shopping, Galaxy Bingo’s location in the heart of the city’s Yorkgate Shopping Centre makes it the perfect choice.
It opens Monday to Sunday, offers big cash prizes, and lets guests choose between electronic bingo terminals and traditional paper tickets.
Jackpot Bingo on Stewartstown Road is known for its exhilarating atmosphere and entertaining staff.
The venue regularly hosts special events and promotions and is open seven days a week with morning, afternoon, and evening sessions available.
There’s plenty to see and do in Swansea aside from playing bingo.
The birthplace of the poet Dylan Thomas is the same city where you’ll find the National Waterfront Museum, The Mumbles and Swansea Bay, Swansea Market (a must-see for shopaholics), Clyne Gardens, the breath-taking Gower Peninsula, and Three Cliffs Bay.
Castle Bingo Morristonl
Castle Bingo in Swansea is one of the busiest bingo halls in the whole of Wales, and many players believe it’s also the luckiest club after its members enjoyed a string of big wins back in 2017.
The club also participates in a twice-daily National Bingo Game that offers an incredible £50,000 jackpot.
The Albert Hall
The Albert Hall in Swansea sadly closed as a bingo venue back in 2007, but the former Victorian music hall still has a rich history and is well worth a trip to see if you’re visiting Swansea.
It’s a Grade II listed building which is currently undergoing a £7m refurbishment that the developer hopes will restore it as a live music venue complete with office space, serviced apartments (perfect for staying in while you’re in the area), and a rooftop bar.
Bishop Auckland is a picturesque market town in County Durham in north-east England.
The town has several unique selling points for tourists and visitors such as its railway heritage, the Saxon Church at Escomb, Binchester Roman Fort, and Auckland Castle with its collection of Zurbaran paintings.
Bishop Auckland’s grammar schools once taught the astronomer, Thomas Wright, and 17th-century politician, James Craggs the Elder.
Hippodrome Bingo Club
One of the key reasons to visit the Hippodrome Bingo Club in Bishop Auckland is not for the faint-hearted.
The venue is one of the town’s oldest buildings, and over the years, there have been many reports of ghostly goings-on.
Investigators have visited the club several times to record any paranormal movement and take photographs.
The spectres are said to include a grey lady, who was probably an actress or singer, and a little boy.
Playing bingo at Gala Bingo
Hope we’ve inspired you to visit some of these top bingo destinations in the UK and perhaps give you reasons to revisit some old favourites!
From England and Wales to Scotland and Ireland, there are some excellent cities and towns that are waiting to give visitors a warm welcome—and their bustling bingo halls are within easy reach if you fancy a quick dab while you’re there!