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Sheldonian Theatre

Address: Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 277299
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Ranked #15 of 74 Activities in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Theaters, Theater & Concerts, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Sheldonian Theatre, an exquisite Grade I listed building situated...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Theaters, Theater & Concerts, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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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Guildford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Listening to the Oxford Philarmonica Orchestra with their amazing guest soloists in the historic Sheldonian theatre is a real treat . the acoustics and décor are amazing and there are a couple of historic pubs just reachable for quick interval drink . Watch the seat you reserve , many are cramped and quite a lot have no backs to them... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

An absolutely amazing building, had an amazing time walking around the building, so full of history and significance, central to Oxford's history. I did a walking tour and the guide was so knowledgeable about the history of the building.

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South East
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Tour given by Oxford City Walk company" David". Great guide brought the history to life with amusing anecdotes and relevance,Was happy to answer questions . Would recommend booking with this company

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I've graduated recently from the business school at University of Oxford, and the weekend following our ceremony was special. This theatre is so full of history and stage to many movies. Being part of Oxford's 800+ years of tradition was a unique experience and one that will certainly be remembered for life. The Sheldonian Theatre is beautiful from inside and... More 

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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

A 17th century design masterpiece. Had a wonderful experience enjoying an evening of entertainment from a classical orchestra. Building is magnificent and acoustics of a very high quality. Very minor niggles - steep, congested staircases; bot much leg room at seats; no air con can make for sweaty corridors; and lack of a bar area serving drinks - we went... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Beautiful architecture and terrfic view to summarize the worthwhile visit into the Sheldonian Theatre. The well maintained building, with its impressive ceiling, the stairs and wooden beams just takes your breath away and when you reach the top, the view of the surrounding areas with the many spirals os amazing ! Do climb up to enjoy the view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This stunning building designed by Christopher Wren is a sight to behold. It has seen so many graduation ceremonies, debates, lectures, etc. that one wishes they could be replayed for your pleasure. It is an awe-inspiring space. I stood in the center of the floor and just stared up at the beautiful ceiling. Then encouraged by my spouse, I climbed... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Excellent tour with Heidi to places surrounding the Sheldonian followed by explanation of the Theatre and dramatic views over Oxford. Heidi was charming and adjusted her tour to suit our group. She also gave the most informative and succinct explanation of how the University operates I have ever heard.

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