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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 20 January 2016

We attended a City of Oxford Orchestral event at the Sheldonian on a weekend break in Oxford- what a treat, fantastic venue and although the seats were a little uncomfortable we didn't mind as the newly renovated ceiling and the wonderful acoustic were terrific.

Thank Heather W
MaggieBurge, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2016

Dear Heather W 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

Reviewed 17 January 2016

The view from the top is not better than The Church of St. Mary's. But it a lovely place to walk around. The staff was great. Told us some very interesting facts, and found us later to give us a complementary guide of the graduation...More

Thank KelseyKay
MaggieBurge, Manager at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2016

Dear KelseyKay, 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

Reviewed 16 January 2016

Very interesting place - and view from the top of the whole of Oxford is spectacular, particularly on a clear day as it was when we visited.

Thank Harr0gate
Reviewed 28 December 2015

A thoroughly enjoyable Christmas concert in the Sheldonian theatre. The architecture and acoustics were perfect for the music and the skit on Mrs Beeton's Christmas pudding will live long in the memory :P

Thank Hugemack75
Reviewed 15 December 2015

We were treated to a delightful and eclectic mix of music that included orchestral, voice and rising talent. The architecture and preservation of the building both inside and out was wonderful.

Thank mareaj2014
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Our son had his Bachelors and Masters ceremonies here and it is just beautiful inside, especially the ceiling. Wren's architectural genius is self evident and the views over Oxford are breathtaking.

1  Thank ragspeed
Reviewed 11 December 2015

This is a great place to go to see the 'dreaming spires' they provide a leaflet to help you identify the buildings. There are many steps but it's worth it.

1  Thank LancashireAlison
Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

The climb to the top involves many stairs but is well worth it. The floor before the top makes you feel you're in someone's attic. Summaries of famous people like Christopher Wren are really interesting. Loved the place. Go in with a student or lecturer...More

5  Thank Ken R
Reviewed 8 December 2015

Beautiful building with amazing ceiling. If you climb right to top,of cupola you can see amazing views across the rooftops of Oxford. Well worth it

Thank Adele C
Reviewed 12 November 2015

Another magnificent building off Oxford’s Broad Street is the Sheldonian Theatre, which is where many graduation ceremonies of the University of Oxford take place. It's is surrounded by a stone wall railings with the heads of Roman Emperors circling the theatre courtyard. The architect of...More

2  Thank JuiTeoh
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13 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