Established in 1878, Cirque Royal is an iconic entertainment venue in Brussels that can accommodate up to 3,500 spectators. It has hosted some of the world’s most famous circuses, including the Moscow Circus and the Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione, as well as big-name musical artists, such as Louis Armstrong, Yehudi Menuhin and Kylie Minogue.
Book tickets for a show at Cirque Royal to experience its impressive interior, which was conceived by architect Wilhelm Kuhnen with a circular design. Dance, theatre and opera regularly take place at the venue, together with stand-up comedy and live music.
Learn about the history of Cirque Royal as a venue for not only circuses but also pantomimes and equestrian events, with the underground stalls equipped to accommodate more than 100 horses. There are plenty of restaurants nearby where you can dine before or after your show, including Fantastico, Madou’s Folie and Manola Croix de Fer.
Cirque Royal is a 15-minute walk from the centre of Brussels or just five minutes’ walk from the Madou metro station, which connects along the city’s 2 and 6 subway lines. Brussels Airport is 20 minutes’ drive away.