See what is thought to have been the birthplace of theatrical representations in Athens at Theater of Dionysus. Situated on the south slope of Athens' Acropolis, the oft-overlooked site dates back to the 4th century BCE. Although smaller and less restored than many of the city's ancient attractions, the open-air theatre has great historical significance. Wander through the remains of this mighty complex, which would have once seated an audience of 17,000, and imagine the spectacles that took place here. It's a good idea to bring some water and sun protection with you. Use our Athens route planner to visit Theater of Dionysus on your trip to Athens, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Tours To Theater of Dionysus
Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $72
Duration: 3 hours
Skip the Line Acropolis of Athens and New Acropolis Museum Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $58
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Theater of Dionysus Reviews
Leaving the acropolis and strolling along the south slopes leads to this still impressive performance area. Its first incarnation originated probably in the late 6th century BC and it was the model... more »
One of my preferred places in the Acropolis site due to its atmosphere. As the theater is quite destroyed you really need to give your imagination some time. Therefore just sit and enjoy, take your... more »
Wonderful monument, partially being restored. Perfect location a short walk away from the Acropolis. Would recommend going all the way up to the top of the Acropolis first, earlier than later (before 10am), then traveling to the other stops as they won't be crowded by the time you get there.
On the slopes of Acropolis this theatre is definitely worth a closer look. It may not be as well preserved as the Epidauros theatre,A part of ancient Acropolis, this arena gives you a perception that these people really liked theatres. Just close your eyes and imagine the life of ancient people.
Plan your trip to Athens
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Athens
See all ›
Hidden gems in Athens
See all ›
See all ›
Nearby attractions in Athens
Plans to Theater of Dionysus by other users
31 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 16 days in Peloponnese & Athens BY A USER FROM DENMARK July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 16 days in Peloponnese & Athens BY A USER FROM DENMARK July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 50 days in Western Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA June, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 19 days in Athens, Karpathos & Barcelona BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Greece BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium