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Sheldonian Theatre

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
+44 1865 277299
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Ranked #20 of 101 Attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: The Sheldonian Theatre, an exquisite Grade I listed building situated in Oxford's city centre, is the official ceremonial hall of the University of... more » Owner description: The Sheldonian Theatre, an exquisite Grade I listed building situated in Oxford's city centre, is the official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford. Gaze up at the magnificent ceiling, learn about the Theatre's journey from past to present through our colourful and informative display boards and enjoy one of the best indoor 360 degree panoramic views of Oxford's famous skyline from the Cupola. For more information about visiting and booking a Guided Tour of the Theatre visit our website. « less
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Forget proscenium arches. This is a theatre of a very different kind - and today it is not just the privileged students and members of Oxford University who can see it. It is open outside dates of special events to the public. With its high galleries and steep seating, this has been a meeting, lecture, debating and graduation chamber for... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Not that much to see in spite of its importance within the University Structure but after you have climbed the 110 steps to the viewing room the sight over the dreamy spires makes it all worth while - and reasonably priced too

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

David is an excellent tour guide and the font of all knowledge on the history of Oxford and beyond. The tour was entertaining, informative, memorable and David easy to listen too. Well worth a visit to the Sheldonian, its amazing inside, and the views once you climbed to the top, breathtaking. Thank you:)

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Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Amazed by the view inside the theatre and from the top. Eva gave us huge amount of information about the building. History of Oxford University is so interesting. Money well spent, definitely!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

What beautiful architecture! Snap a photo from any angle and you'll be pleased with the outcome. Thank you, Sir Christopher Wren!

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Trondheim, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Great acoustics, really, really worth seeing, but bring a pillow, its a uncomfortable venue to sit in for long :)

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

What a lovely building! Built by Christopher Wren, so it is very old - built in 1669. It is the official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford. It is the place where students are admitted to the University, where they receive their degree. Fantastic painted ceiling depicting Truth descending upon the Arts and Sciences to expel Ignorance from the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

In addition to its architectural interest, and the extraordinary auditorium ceiling mural depicting the enlightenment of knowledge beying bestowed, this building is steeped in history and tradition. There are slight hints of excess privelege in the form of the reserved "thrones" for specific members of the bureaucratic elite, but in one sense this only adds to the charm. Of course,... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The man at the reception desk was very friendly and helpful, and told us a little about the theatre before we headed inside. Once inside, the theatre itself is relatively small (but the renovated ceiling is amazing, and worth a visit). However, the main attraction is the cupola, which offers stunning views across Oxford. A word to those without a... More

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Ronneby, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The theatre is amazing in it selves. The roof painting looks amazing but I would have been a bit disappointed if that would have been all there was to see. Luckily, there was more. The possibility to climb the cupola on top of the building gives a wonderful view of the city in all four directions. The view is worth... More

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