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Sheldonian Theatre

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Address: Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 277299
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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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Theatre with a View

The Sheldonian Theatre is where Oxford graduates receive their degrees. It is said to be one of the first bulidings designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Once the theatre has ben... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Paul O
Greater Adelaide, Australia

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Greater Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sheldonian Theatre is where Oxford graduates receive their degrees. It is said to be one of the first bulidings designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Once the theatre has ben checked out make your way up to the top for amazing views of Oxford. You can also still see the construction beams as you make your way to the top.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely views! You can see all over Oxford if you go to the top. The man on the desk was incredibly informative and polite. It was only £2.50 to enter (concessions for students, £3 for normal entrance) which I felt was good value for such lovely views.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 ceremonies.

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MaggieBurge, Manager at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this review

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 More 

North Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 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

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 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 and you can get in free.

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