Sheldonian Theatre
Sheldonian Theatre
4.5
Architectural BuildingsConvention Centres
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Gaze over panoramic views of the iconic Oxford skyline, trace the footsteps of famous Oxford graduates, and discover over 350 years of history! The Sheldonian Theatre, an exquisite Grade I listed building situated at the heart of Oxford, is the official ceremonial hall of Oxford University. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1664 and 1669, the Sheldonian is a must-see on your visit to Oxford whether to browse the theatre at your own pace or attend a musical concert. The Sheldonian offers self-guided tours, is a stop on many of the Oxford walking tours and the City Sight Seeing bus tours. Come inside and learn about how the University was formed, the importance of the Sheldonian Theatre and how it's woven into the University's past, present and future. Please visit the website for opening hours and dates before your visit as these are subject to change due to University events and concerts.
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida18,030 contributions
    The Most Elusive Attraction in Oxford
    The exterior is amazing and the interior is stunning from those lucky enough to see it. However, you have to be extremely fortunate to arrange your visit with an opening. The openings are irregular and are not released until months if not weeks ahead of your visit. I really wanted to see this during our December visit but they did not release the few December openings until December 2 and we only had one day to visit. It was open the day after our visit. Anyways, the building is impressive and highlights that perfect stone symmetry you associated with English public buildings. It is the second work of Sir Christopher Wren and the second most associated work with him after St Paul's Cathedral in London. The day we saw the snow perfectly dusted the stone bust that surround the curved rear of the property. Again, I wish I could have gone inside.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 27 December 2022
  • David H
    Bendigo, Australia50 contributions
    Amidst the spires of Oxford
    Having visited Oxford on many occasions, we had never looked in on the Sheldonian Theatre. This trip, we corrected that and we’re very pleased to have done so. Still utilised for ceremonial occasions by the university, it oozes history . Designed by the astronomer Sir Christopher Wren ( yes that’s correct) .If you are able to climb the stairs to the top, you will be treated to 360 degree views of the Oxford spires from their midst. We’ll worth the effort.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 June 2023
  • Andrew Dufresne
    Culham, United Kingdom72 contributions
    Bond by candlelight
    Great effort but not perfect. 3 singers good Band good but drums too loud Seats not comfortable - sore behinds after a while. Venue impressive Sound mixer not great. Couldn’t here strings or guitar very well , drums and brass too loud. Band cut off singers talking Not really by candlelight as there were spotlights and any candles were battery operated A view to a kill not good. Harmonies were wrong and could here guitar very well at beginning
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 August 2023
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Andrew Dufresne
Culham, UK72 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Great effort but not perfect.
3 singers good
Band good but drums too loud
Seats not comfortable - sore behinds after a while.
Venue impressive
Sound mixer not great. Couldn’t here strings or guitar very well , drums and brass too loud.
Band cut off singers talking
Not really by candlelight as there were spotlights and any candles were battery operated
A view to a kill not good. Harmonies were wrong and could here guitar very well at beginning
Written 26 August 2023
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Paul W
Wrexham, United Kingdom3 contributions
Aug 2023
Didn't enter but admired the building whilst passing. Time was against us for a more detailed look but will return
Written 10 August 2023
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kirsty69jo
Swindon, UK13 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Beautiful concert venue - hot hot hot the evening we visited!
Absolutely beautiful inside and out.
Choose your seats carefully, some have no backs.
Written 20 June 2023
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David H
Bendigo, Australia50 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Having visited Oxford on many occasions, we had never looked in on the Sheldonian Theatre. This trip, we corrected that and we’re very pleased to have done so. Still utilised for ceremonial occasions by the university, it oozes history . Designed by the astronomer Sir Christopher Wren ( yes that’s correct) .If you are able to climb the stairs to the top, you will be treated to 360 degree views of the Oxford spires from their midst. We’ll worth the effort.
Written 5 June 2023
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TWMIM
Horsham, UK167 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
This has always been one of my favourite places in the fabulous city of Oxford, a stunningly beautiful example of the genius of Christopher Wren.
Sadly the interior wasn’t open to the public on this, my latest visit so I had to admire only views of the exterior, but I’ve been inside before and ascended the cupola; which is well worth the climb if you’re lucky to gain entry.
Written 22 April 2023
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL18,030 contributions
Dec 2022
The exterior is amazing and the interior is stunning from those lucky enough to see it. However, you have to be extremely fortunate to arrange your visit with an opening. The openings are irregular and are not released until months if not weeks ahead of your visit. I really wanted to see this during our December visit but they did not release the few December openings until December 2 and we only had one day to visit. It was open the day after our visit.

Anyways, the building is impressive and highlights that perfect stone symmetry you associated with English public buildings. It is the second work of Sir Christopher Wren and the second most associated work with him after St Paul's Cathedral in London. The day we saw the snow perfectly dusted the stone bust that surround the curved rear of the property. Again, I wish I could have gone inside.
Written 27 December 2022
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JRMADA
United States3,370 contributions
Oct 2022
We toured this theater and it was a wonderful experience. The theater is beautiful inside and out. The fresco in the ceiling is gorgeous, and the views from the top are great. The staff is lovely. Make sure to check their website for opening times as this place is closed from time to time. Purchase your tickets on site via credit card only.
Go at opening hour if you don’t want to share the place with too many people.
Written 3 October 2022
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50imm
Hexham, UK54 contributions
Jul 2022
A wonderful concert on a summer Sunday evening was interrupted, for us, by a fainting episode. The concert was a treat but what we will remember above all is the care and attention we received, amidst all her other duties, from the first-aider on duty. Very many thanks!
Written 1 August 2022
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy6,738 contributions
Jun 2022
Although I'm British, I'm often cynical about attractions in my own country due to the super exploitation of tourism and the promotion of any grubby corner as an "attraction".

Well, Oxford is changing my mind. The architecture of this theatre, both inside and outside, and of the town in general is stunning. Climb to the top for a great view of Oxford.
Written 8 July 2022
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RabbiBuckley
Coventry, UK146 contributions
Dec 2021
Be pepaired for the stairs but the views on the way up and at the top are just great. Don't rush your visit as you will miss the little oddities in some of the rooms.
Written 11 December 2021
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