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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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"graduation ceremonies"
in 19 reviews
"christopher wren"
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"painted ceiling"
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"literary festival"
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"worth the climb"
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"beautiful building"
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"dreaming spires"
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"oxford university"
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"main hall"
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"carfax tower"
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"worth a visit"
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"broad street"
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"guided tour"
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"bridge of sighs"
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"sunny day"
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"cupola"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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SheldonianTeam, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

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SheldonianTeam, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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.

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SheldonianTeam, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 May 16, 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

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SheldonianTeam, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 May 10, 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

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SheldonianTeam, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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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Reviewed May 7, 2018

There are a few places you can go up steps to see the skyline of Oxford. The Carfax Tower is at the edge of things and has a very narrow Medieval winding stone staircase. This is an easier climb, with a better all-weather view.

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SheldonianTeam, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear ShawnSeabrook, Thank you very much for your feedback and recommendation, we hope to see again in the future. With kindest regards, Sheldonian Team

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Reviewed April 29, 2018

Beautiful building with architectural interest. As you climb up to the top you can see exhibits, but to see the structural engineering from the inside is a treat. Your climb is rewarded with beautiful views from the top. Small admission fee, friendly staff. Next to...More

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SheldonianTeam, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Hurley S, Thank you for your kind review we are glad you found the staff and building to be welcoming. Please visit again in the future. With kindest regards, Sheldonian Theatre

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Reviewed April 27, 2018

This theatre was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and was built between 1664 and 1669. It's a grade 1 listed building and is used for ceremonial activities such as graduations and concerts and can also be hired for private events.

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Reviewed April 21, 2018

An absolute must if you visit Oxford - beautiful architecture - (strangers sometimes confuse it with the Radcliffe Camera). It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. It's the building with the carved stone heads on pillars which you see so often in Morse / Lewis...More

Thank Hew001
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SheldonianTeam, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Hew001, Thank you for the positive feedback we are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Unfortunately the building does indeed get confused with the Radcliffe camera but will hopefully change with more reviews such as yours ;). With kindest regards, Sheldonian Team

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Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful building. Designed by Christopher Wren. Beautiful painted ceiling. You can go to the top of the cuppola. You have a glorious view from the top. Incredible to see the old oak beams as well and get explained how Wren designed the support of the...More

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SheldonianTeam, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Odedkuschy, Thank you for the kind feedback, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience at the theatre. With kindest regards, Shedlonian Team

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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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