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Sheldonian Theatre

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
01865/277299
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Ranked #13 of 97 attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Theaters, Architectural Buildings
Description: Built by Sr. Christopher Wren from 1664-9, the design of this architectural gem was inspired by the Marcellus Theater in Rome.
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This is a superb place for concerts - we heard Beethoven's Ninth, with the choir standing outside the main 'foyer' - and the acoustics are simply great. If you come to look, be sure to look up!

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Our first visit to this theatre. Good price for entry, interesting interiors. The views from the cupola are well worth seeing. Enclosed which would be a bonus on a dull day.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

A very nice building by Christopher Wren - it was a tourist day, not a concert so I cannot talk about acoustics and I did not care the seating, but the building is definitely very nice. Climbing up the stairs was a bit tiring, but we were rewarded twice: first under the timber roof where we found a very nice... More

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oxford
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Yes you can experience the most beautiful music here - Oxford is full of wonderful concerts - our favourite orchestra is the philomusica but the seats are hard and unforgiving - the place was designed for under graduates to receive their awards . Some bench seating does not even have a back to it and for popular events it will... More

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North Sandwich, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

What's not to like about a building designed by Christopher Wren? It's main rotunda is just spectacular, and, like all Oxford buildings, still in regular use. Walking up a bizillion winding stairs brings you to a room that features an interesting historic display as well as an incredible opportunity to look at the singularly wonderful timber framing of the complex... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

went for Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev and was amazed, it was excellent. It cost £10 to sit up in the balcony, it was really most enjoyable. Suggest anyone doing the £10 seats should take cushions as the wooden benches are rather hard!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Good value for money - enjoyed the evening - seats could be a little more comfortable.acoustics really good.

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Such a fabulous piece of architecture by one of the greats, Christopher Wren. Also used for degree ceremonies, must be a lovely place to graduate! It's in the middle of so many different beautiful buildings so you're bound to see it on your way round.

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Oxford
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I occasionally work in the Sheldonian during Oxford University graduation ceremonies. It has a painted ceiling, & very steep seating above the main floor. The seating is extremely uncomfortable as its basically wooden boxes set around the walls of the theatre, so bring a cushion if you anticipate being there for more than - say - an hour, or so.... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

See the upper interior of the theatre and enjoy! It's really beautiful. I also notice that this theatre is frequently used to perform some musical performance. A must visiting place if you are in Oxford.

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