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Sheldonian Theatre

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
+44 1865 277299
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The Sheldonian Theatre, an exquisite Grade I listed building situated in Oxford's city centre, is the official ceremonial hall of Oxford University. The Theatre is a popular tourist attraction particular because it offers one of the best indoor panoramic views of Oxford's famous skyline from its Cupola. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1664 and 1669. The Theatre offers self-guided tours or guided tours. On a one hour guided tour, you get to learn about how the University was formed, how long it's been in existence and the secrets of its past. You get to hear about 900 years of University history as well as learning about the history of the Theatre. For availability, booking and opening hours information visit our website.
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Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
+44 1865 277299
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The theatre is where graduations happen for Oxford University Students. Also has other events scheduled. Check out the ceiling in the theatre, and don't forget to climb to the very top for one of the best views in Oxford. Small entrance fee but well worth...More

Thank Steve F
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been there at the conference, faboulous theatre. You must see this attraction in Oxford city!

Thank Ferenc A
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky enough to attend a concert in this wonderful building designed by Sir Christopher Wren . It is true that the bench seats get a little hard but it all adds to the unique experience. Not to be missed if you plan to...More

Thank Ian R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The theater is beautiful, the acoustics were great, the candle light concert of carols was marvelous. We were lucky to have seats with backs not the prevalent benches.Amazing pre Christmas visit.

Thank Kyle S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had never been in the city before when the Sheldonian Theatre was open so took the opportunity to visit when I recently visited. It is well worth the modest admission fee, if only for the magnificent views of the city.

Thank michele9733
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The building is a gem (Christopher Wren) and the acoustics and views are excellent. But when going to the Sheldonian, talk to the box office and try to get seats with backs. The benches are cramped and extremely uncomfortable, particularly for long concerts.

Thank KingsMountaineer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

G4 excellent as usual but not particularly impressed with venue comfort and facilities although it looks very impressive from the outside. Our seats were very basic church pews which were very uncomfortable for a 2 hour concert - I was grateful that I took a...More

Thank Barbara B
Reviewed 8 December 2017

The theatre has been beautifully restored to its original glory and colour scheme. The history and construction of the building is fascinating and the view from the top well worth the climb. Not suitable for the disabled or those sho have problems climbing lots of...More

Thank Trevor L
SheldonianTeam, assistant custodian at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Dear Trevor L, Thank you for your kind words. The Sheldonian Team

Reviewed 5 December 2017

Wonderful building. For only £3 you do a "self-guided tour" i.e. you are given a leaflet and go round on your own! Wonderful lecture theatre with beautiful carving, then up LOTS of steep stairs to a viewing room at the top. It is a long...More

Thank farwriter
SheldonianTeam, assistant custodian at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Dear farwriter, Thank you for your kind comments. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit! The Sheldonian Team

Reviewed 30 November 2017

I attended a concert offered by the Oxford Millennium Orchestra one evening, featuring works by Prokofiev (so-so) and Brahms (brilliant.) The acoustics were good, the seating compelling in its classical style though not designed as a concert venue. The interior is remarkable due to its...More

Thank Cymro_SF
SheldonianTeam, assistant custodian at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2017

Dear Cymro-SF, Thank you for your kind comments. We are happy that you like our Sheldonian Theatre and you enjoyed the concert by the Oxford Millennium Orchestra. The Sheldonian Team

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14 March 2015|
Response from SheldonianTeam | Property representative |
Dear Marcusqqqqq, Thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately we do not have a souvenir shop in the Sheldonian Theatre. The only two items which we sell at the front desk are: a postcard with our ceiling and greeting cards... More