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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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Great venue

I also went to see my favourite author at this theatre at the Oxford Literary Festival Week. You have good views of the stage no matter where you are seated. I was upstairs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Marlow, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I also went to see my favourite author at this theatre at the Oxford Literary Festival Week. You have good views of the stage no matter where you are seated. I was upstairs sitting on bench style seats, which were comfortable enough, very bright and airy and the ceiling was amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

this was a gorgeous venue to see one of my favourite authors in - the acoustics were excellent and you could see her from every seat in the house. The building is impeccable and you can feel the history when you walk in.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

If you can nab a ticket for a recital or concert at the Sheldonian, go for it! But beware: seats are not the most comfortable. So bring a cushion!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren this is an amazing build to stroll round. We visited for a look round not to see a performance. The recently restored magnificent ceiling was painted by Robert Streater during the reign of King Charles II. It's fascinating to sit in different sections of the tiered seating built into the circular building. Following the narrow... More 

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Jersey, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Been a few times to concerts, which it is well suited for giving an intimate atmosphere. The history of the building is impressive, as is quite common in Oxford. The only drawback is that some of the seats in the raised tiers were probably designed I. The 1650's when the building was erected when people were smaller and hence can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I must say that this building is a masterpiece!!! incredible view from the top. Must see!!!!! and it is so huge privilige to be where all the students from Oxford graduate> :D We will come in summer when they will launch Guided Tours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My partner and I went to watch a Valentine's Day concert. Odd then that I book two tickets and they seat us on either side of a wall such that we can't even see one another- we may as well have been in different rooms! There were plenty of empty seats so we just moved to be next to one... More 

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Ewa B, The Sheldonian Team at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Luke J, Thank you for your review. The Sheldonian Theatre is the official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford and we hire the venue for concerts. We do not deal with selling tickets and seating people this is the responsibility of the promotor who in this case was City of Oxford Orchestra. I am really sorry to hear... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This theater is surrounded by a very unique gate. Inside, there is a beautiful ceiling and worth stopping in to see another historic Oxford site.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I love this building, but it was the first time I'd been able to climb up to the Cupola. Quire superb.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Impressive ceremonial biulding where official university events take place. Visitors can "feel" the academic history of Oxford when entering the building and seeing the original furnishings, paintings and layout of the main hall.

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