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Sheldonian Theatre

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
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Ranked #22 of 99 attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Architectural Buildings
Description: Built by Sr. Christopher Wren from 1664-9, the design of this architectural gem was inspired by the Marcellus Theater in Rome.
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Canberra, Australia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

that was the best view over the city in Oxford!! The lady convinced us to climb and we will keep this image in our minds forever. Also magnificently painted ceiling.

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Niagara Falls
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The Sheldonian theater was Christopher Wren's first job. He copied the architectural style but the building still has his touches. It is where all the congregations for the graduates still take place. An amazing building.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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22 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We were in Oxford for our sons' graduation. The ceremony took place in the theatre. Sitting on the very hard seating for 90 minutes, we were glad to leave. Great day in a hisitorical building. Worth a visit but be aware of the seating

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

I love the building, it's Grade I Listed, fab looking, but take a photograph and move on - seating on the terraces is dreadfully uncomfortable and, after a two hour recital, set off my sciatica for days, woe is me...

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This is a superb place for concerts - we heard Beethoven's Ninth, with the choir standing outside the main 'foyer' - and the acoustics are simply great. If you come to look, be sure to look up!

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Our first visit to this theatre. Good price for entry, interesting interiors. The views from the cupola are well worth seeing. Enclosed which would be a bonus on a dull day.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

A very nice building by Christopher Wren - it was a tourist day, not a concert so I cannot talk about acoustics and I did not care the seating, but the building is definitely very nice. Climbing up the stairs was a bit tiring, but we were rewarded twice: first under the timber roof where we found a very nice... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Yes you can experience the most beautiful music here - Oxford is full of wonderful concerts - our favourite orchestra is the philomusica but the seats are hard and unforgiving - the place was designed for under graduates to receive their awards . Some bench seating does not even have a back to it and for popular events it will... More

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North Sandwich, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

What's not to like about a building designed by Christopher Wren? It's main rotunda is just spectacular, and, like all Oxford buildings, still in regular use. Walking up a bizillion winding stairs brings you to a room that features an interesting historic display as well as an incredible opportunity to look at the singularly wonderful timber framing of the complex... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

went for Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev and was amazed, it was excellent. It cost £10 to sit up in the balcony, it was really most enjoyable. Suggest anyone doing the £10 seats should take cushions as the wooden benches are rather hard!

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