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Address: Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
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The Sheldonian Theatre, an exquisite Grade I listed building situated in...

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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Beautiful but uncomfortable

Super cool inside. Seats very cramped and uncomfortable. If in upper level go early to line up and when doors open go right to back row (cushions and a place to lean back... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Super cool inside. Seats very cramped and uncomfortable. If in upper level go early to line up and when doors open go right to back row (cushions and a place to lean back!). Acoustics wonderful and don't forget to look at ceiling

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Sheldonian is one of the hearts of the University. Here dregrees are conferred and fine music presented to the public. Don't miss it

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ConnorClifton-Milne, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this review

Dear G7892UAinfo, Thank you for your positive review, we hope to see you again soon. With Kindest Regards, The Sheldonian Theatre Team More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful architecture - iconic - definitely worth a visit - if only to take a picture outside... One of the most beautiful building in Oxford. Take plenty of pictures!!

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ConnorClifton-Milne, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this review

Dear ubbabe, Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time at the Sheldonian Theatre and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! With Kindest Regards, The Sheldonian Theatre Team More 

Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford is a marvel of 17th century architecture. It was based on a design by Sir Christopher Wren. It is a beautiful Grade 1 listed building. When you see the building you will understand why. The main theatre area will leave you in awe. Yes, it is awesome to say the least. The paintings on the... More 

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ConnorClifton-Milne, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Mazmannan, Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback following your visit at the Sheldonian Theatre. It is a pleasure to read your positive feedback, and I am thrilled that you found the venue to be immaculate. Thank you for your recommendation, we look forward to seeing you again soon. With Kindest Regards, The Sheldonian Theatre Team More 

Yardley, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Go inside! Take a look at the auditorium and climb to the cupola -- interesting history of the building is explained as you near the top. Well worth it, and you need less than one hour to appreciate it.

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ConnorClifton-Milne, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this review

Dear worldexplorer0820, Thank you for posting such a lovely review. It is great to hear that you have enjoyed you time with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! With Kindest Regards, The Sheldonian Theatre Team More 

goole
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

After three visits to Oxford this was the first time that the Sheldonian had been open when I was there. The main auditorium, where students receive their degrees, is a wonder of architecture with beautiful internal decor. The ceiling painting, done in London as 32 individual panels then transported to Oxford for re assembly, is really stunning as are the... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 February 2017

The 360 degree views of the Oxford skyline was fabulous. It was worth the climb to see the ornate spires and statues. The hall was a bit like the set of a Gilbert and Sullivan play,it reminded me of a pirate ship. Well worth a visit and not too expensive at £3.50.

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Uppsala, Sweden
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

An early building designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Pretty and compact. Truth be told, sitting on the benches for a long performance is potentially agonising (a good performance might transcend the discomfort) but if you're just visiting and like the look of buildings you shouldn't visit Oxford and miss this jewel.

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ConnorClifton-Milne, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Fractaleye5, Thank you for your review. Thank you for posting such a lovely review. It is great to hear that you have enjoyed you time with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! With Kindest Regards, The Sheldonian Theatre Team More 

Portsmouth
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

The beautiful City of Oxford - popularly known as "The Home of Lost Causes" and derided by Cambridge University graduates as "The Latin Quarter of Cowley" - does not give up its best-kept secrets easily .... and amongst the most closely guarded of all those secrets are (in no particular order) the Bar of the Turf Tavern; the Chapel of... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

There are several steps to get to the top but it's worth getting there as you get some fantastic views of Oxford in all directions. The interior is also interesting!

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ConnorClifton-Milne, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Charles K, Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your time at the Sheldonian Theatre and hope to see you again in the future. With kindest regards, The Sheldonian Theatre Team More 

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