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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
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+44 1865 277299
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"graduation ceremonies"
in 19 reviews
"christopher wren"
in 18 reviews
"painted ceiling"
in 14 reviews
"literary festival"
in 7 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 22 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 12 reviews
"dreaming spires"
in 9 reviews
"oxford university"
in 17 reviews
"main hall"
in 5 reviews
"carfax tower"
in 4 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 11 reviews
"sunny day"
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"bridge of sighs"
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"cupola"
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"acoustics"
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"orchestra"
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"architecture"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Another "step back in time" experience. The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra plays there and it is top quality Our tickets were about $45 each but it was well worth it. We didn't see the full symphony but violins and strings and it was fabulous. Don't miss...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the great pleasure to watch our son as he graduated from Saint Johns College in this historic building. The experience was unique, and the entire ceremony was in Latin! The history in this building and its surroundings is mind altering, and amazing

Thank Kevin K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Listened in admiration to the Oxford Philomusica event! This Orchestra brings out the best of any piece of music!

Thank ronaldstein
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a beautiful building in the middle of the University- I was in awe every single moment that I happened to walk around it. Try to visit the dome, you will not regret it (the views of the city are just breathtaking!)

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fascinating and remarkable building that has seen so many extraordinary people pass through its doors. If you get a chance to attend a concert there - do!!!

Thank garfi23
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

We went here twice during our weekend in Oxford. It really is the most beautiful building. The architecture is beautiful. Well worth a look.

Thank Charlotte C
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SheldonianTeam, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Dear Charlotte C, Thank you for your kind positive feedback, we hope to see you again in the future. With kindest regards,

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Reviewed 27 May 2018

The theatre is small but interesting for its history, and we made a point of visiting as part of our explorations of buildings featured in the book 1001 buildings you must see before you die. As lovely as the theatre itself is, it is impossible...More

Thank Lissel A
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SheldonianTeam, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Dear Lissel A, Many thanks for your kind and positive review of our building we are glad you enjoyed your time at the theatre. With kindest regards, Sheldonian Team

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Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

Good for a quick stop and worth the admission to see the mural on the ceiling and the timbers under the roof as we climbed to the top. Also, toilets.

Thank Hylocichla
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SheldonianTeam, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Dear Hylocichla, Thank you very much for your positive review, we hope to see you again in the future. With kindest regards, Sheldonian Team

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Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

Audio guide to help navigate your way through the history of theatre used for university matriculation and graduation ceremonies. Admire the painted ceilings above and the story behind them. The trek to the top is worth the view....stunning in comparison to the view from much...More

Thank Nancy-Marie-Rivard
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SheldonianTeam, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Dear Nancy-Marie-Rivard, Thank you for your feedback on the building, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. With kindest regards, Sheldonian Team

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Reviewed 10 May 2018

This building is an architctural gem . Its one of the landmark buildings in Oxford . It is fairly centrally positioned close to pubs and shops and the Christmas Market and craft fair that is held annually in Oxford . Inside the Sheldonian you can...More

Thank cecelia h
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SheldonianTeam, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Dear Cecelia H, Thank you for your feedback of the theatre unfortunately the building was built in 1669 and was not built to modern regulations but we are glad to hear you enjoyed the theatre overall. Hope to see you again in the future. With...More

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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
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