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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
+44 1865 277299
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Reviewed yesterday

This building is very unique in its round style. It is right next to a main library and,I think is also a library itself.

Thank Jotum
Reviewed 3 days ago

This architectural marvel in the heart of Oxford city is mostly used for University degree ceremonies, Lectures, Concerts, etc. We were informed that The Sheldonian is called the “theatre” because its design resembles that of a Roman theatre, but no plays are performed here. A...More

Thank ranjanapathak
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great architecture and history! Worth a wander around and sit in a nearby pub and people watch. Recommended. .

Thank MFBG28
Reviewed 5 days ago

This impressive classical theater with cupola dome was built by Christopher Wren in 1669 and is located in the historical center of Oxford. It's part of the Bodleian Library (1602) of the University of Oxford facilities and it's the place where the graduation & degree...More

Thank T-Bird1974
Reviewed 1 week ago

The location for formal University events is also used for public concerts. The internal decor is matched by an external architecture that provides a unique setting and ambiance. Make sure you go to the top and become part of the dreaming spires. If time and...More

Thank TravellingJSC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From J Boy of Derby At certain times this theatre is open to view by the public when events are not on. It's worth a visit and to read of the history of the building, there is a charge£2.50 concessions and £3.50 adults. What is...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

wow, this is a holy place for education and science, full of traditions keeping the memories for the best scientists worldwide

Thank Dimitar G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

But get a chair with a back. You feel like you are moving back in history and the Oxford Philharmonic is a lovely thing to hear!

Thank Charlotteella
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Beautiful buliding surrounded by many bulidings of character - the old area of Oxford. Great just to amble around.

Thank M J
Reviewed 20 May 2017

This is an iconic MUST SEE Oxford building. I would advise caution when booking seats for a concert or other event. As with many historic buildings it is "quirky" - for quirky read very uncomfortable and cramped. If you have any back problems remember that...More

Thank yirg
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Do you have a souvenir shop that has Cotswold etching of the theater?
14 March 2015|
Response from ConnorClifton-Milne | 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