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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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Iconic and gorgeous

The Sheldonian theatre is a beautiful, iconic structure right in the heart of Oxford. The cieling is magnificent and it is well worth a visit when you're here. It's an easy walk... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The Sheldonian theatre is a beautiful, iconic structure right in the heart of Oxford. The cieling is magnificent and it is well worth a visit when you're here. It's an easy walk from the main street, definitely recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

David was my tour guide and he was so knowledgable about the art and architecture of the building and the surrounding area! He answered all of my questions and tailored the tour towards my artistic interest as I was the only person on the tour! Super entertaining and interesting tour, even for someone who knows the history of the building... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We booked for a 12.30pm guided tour of the Sheldonian and our guide David came right on time. David was a great guide who knew a lot about Oxford as well as the Sheldonian. The tour incorporated walking around Oxford with David telling us about the buildings and their history. Inside the Sheldonian was incredible.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We organised this tour as a client event and it was very much appreciated. David was excellent and made the tour thoroughly interesting. Thank you to everyone who helped organise the day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This is a great guided tour of the Sheldonian Theatre and the buildings surrounding it. The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining, comfortably answering questions from the group. It wasn't a scripted tour either with the guide sharing his considerable knowledge of the history of Oxford and adapting his presentation to the interests of the group. The theatre itself is... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This was a fantastic tour. Insightful, knowledgeable tour guide. Fantastic experience. What a view of the spires from the Cupola. Totally recommended. One of the best couple of hours you can spend in Oxford. Thank you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Magnificent Christopher Wren building full of history. It is a masterpiece both inside and out. The information given is also really helpful

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The theatre is where many Oxford University ceremonies are held, and it is rather special to walk where many famous people have taken honourary degrees. The chamber is nice with its painted ceiling, but the view from the top of the tower is what it's really all about -- and there are great bathrooms if you've just finished a two... More 

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MaggieBurge, Manager at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Margaret C, Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback following your visit at the Sheldonian Theatre. It is a pleasure to read your positive feedback, and I am thrilled that you found the venue to be immaculate. Thank you for your recommendation, we look forward to seeing you again soon. With Kindest Regards, The Sheldonian Theatre Team More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Just had an excellent guided tour of the Sheldonian. The guide had an extraordinary amount of knowledge regarding the history of the Sheldonian and Oxford. He was very friendly and congenial and made the experience a remarkable one.

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MaggieBurge, Manager at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Esben e, Thank you for your feedback. I am glad that you have enjoyed our Guided Tour - an unforgettable whistle-stop tour through 900 years of Oxford University history. We all do our best to deliver the best service we can. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! With Kindest Regards, The Sheldonian Theatre Team More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

If you're walking close to the centre you must come here. The place is amazing, the archtecture is incredible and they have wonderful cafés

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