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Address: Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 277299
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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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Superb setting for graduation ceremony

We were privileged to attend our younger son's graduation ceremony, when he received his DPhil. The setting and ceremony were superb in every respect - and the sun shone, too!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Huddersfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were privileged to attend our younger son's graduation ceremony, when he received his DPhil. The setting and ceremony were superb in every respect - and the sun shone, too!

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Chico, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

And hour- long tour of the central areas of the University ending with a trip inside the Sheldonian including for energetic climbers (not too bad) a walk up into the Cupola which gives an overview of the city of Oxford. Excellent guide lots of great information.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to a concert by the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra at the Sheldonian. While the quality of the performance was very good, though not outstanding, part of the enjoyment was the theatre hall -- a beautiful room, ornate whilst sober, with excellent acoustics for small and larger musical groups. Well worth a visit, even without the music.

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love Oxford? Then adore the Sheldonian. Over the years I have been visiting the town this remains my favourite place. I have attended concerts there, gone in and looked around, and this last time, for just £2:50 was able to undertake a self-guided tour that allowed me to take the substantial climb up the stairs to the top of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to the Sheldonian many times. I have been lucky enough to attend the Encaenia ceremony, been to concerts and heard my daughter sing here. The acoustics are wonderful. The theatre underwent significant restoration a short while ago and it shows. The painted ceiling is glorious, the gold Ormolu positively glows and the carved woodwork is a fine... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren - also responsible for St Paul's Cathedral, London - this is an extraordinary building, unlike any other, inside and out. Walking around the outside you are surrounded by similar stunning buildings in the local Cotswold stone, mellow in sunlight, stark in the wet, but striking always. The shape is unusual, the building pleasing to behold.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

The Sheldonian is one of the most famous architectural wonders of this beautiful city. I have gone to lectures and author events here, but concerts are often on offer as well. Definitely worth a visit!

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ConnorClifton-Milne, FSA at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Calypso007 Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time at the Sheldonian Theatre and 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 June 10, 2016

Very very unique theatre designed at the Roman type full of history and glory and is a unique architectural gem.

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Dear shahir M Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time at the Sheldonian Theatre and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! With Kindest Regards, The Sheldonian Theatre Team More 

Harrow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Jaw dropping inside and out. This building has such presence and atmosphere. The acoustics are superb - an excellent music venue

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Dear JRLPHR9 Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time at the Sheldonian Theatre and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! With Kindest Regards, The Sheldonian Theatre Team More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Not a huge lot to see. You start with the main hall where the graduation ceremonies take place, then up stairs via roof beams and a small exhibit to the cupola and views of Oxford. The building is good for those interested in Wren's early work and wanting nice views of Oxford.

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