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Address: Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 277299
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Description: The Sheldonian Theatre, an exquisite Grade I listed building situated in...
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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Awesome photo ops

Awesome photo ops from the exterior, we were in a rush unfortunately at the end of our day so didn't go inside but the outside is very impressive and the busts are Wonderful

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Awesome photo ops from the exterior, we were in a rush unfortunately at the end of our day so didn't go inside but the outside is very impressive and the busts are Wonderful

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Came here for a youth choir event a family member was playing. Great historic theatre. Good acoustics. Only issue was it was a really hot day and no refreshments were on sale. Grannies were passing out, everyone was sweating and even the poor girls in the youth choir were dropping like flies at one point! Lesson learnt, take some water... More 

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Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The only thing of interest is the ceiling and the view from the top of the building which is accessed by a lot of stairs no lift and you have to pay an admission fee.

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Ancaster, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Wonderfully restored and historic. Was here for our daughters graduation. The ceiling painting is quite amazing

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Kempten, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We entered here more or less accidentially seeing that the cupola is open. It started with a very friendly stuff at the counter who was keen to give information about the place followed by an exciting building. The high light was the view from the cupoly which is especially close to sunset absolutely great

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Oxford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

What a wonderful evening spent listening to beautiful classical music. The only slight complaint would be that some of the seating can be a bit uncomfortable however what a beautiful venue.

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Zürich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Beautiful Theatre with wonderfully preserved interior. However, uncomfortable during graduation ceremony (sitting over an hour on those piews hurts!). Was a once in a lifetime experience :)

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

For those who've studied in Oxford the Sheldonian might get relegated to 'that place where you get hit on the head with a book' but the Wren architecture (particularly the ceiling) is more than worth a visit in itself, and whilst the acoustics aren't anything to write home about there's something special about listening to concerts here. Seats are not... More 

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Kingston upon Hull, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Marvellous building designed by Christopher Wren which is used by Oxford University for graduations. Recently restored to its original period colour scheme it is an imposing edifice. You can climb up to the cupola and get great views over the city centre, but not as good as the ones from the nearby University Church of St Mary.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Christopher Wren inspired - gorgeous ceiling - if you are up in the gallery - bum numbing seating - Just been through another couple of hour of Latin - but it is an experience never to forget

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