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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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I was inside this building for a graduation ceremony...

Beautiful building - it would be interesting to see a performance here. Ah, well. Maybe next time! Seating on the upper-level was vertigo-inducing though! You would not be able to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful building - it would be interesting to see a performance here. Ah, well. Maybe next time! Seating on the upper-level was vertigo-inducing though! You would not be able to stand up mid-performance to use the toilet, that would probably result in serious injury to yourself or someone else - they probably wouldn't allow it. Basically, you are sitting on... More 

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Westport, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

then it has that ceiling to boot - something about chasing ignorance out of the university the stairs are inside the building so those queasy about heightd don't have to deal with going outside

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oxford UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful historic theatre, used for graduation, concerts and special lectures. Well worth the visit, but what is not as well known is that you can climb up to the top tower which provides a lovely view over historic Oxford. Well worth it!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful historic building in regular use for graduation traditional latin based graduation ceremonies from the University. A pleasure to visit and feel part of the traditions of Oxford.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Theatre is beautiful and historic (look up!). The backless seats are very uncomfortable so if you're there for an event try and get a decent seat!

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was open oxford and this lovely building was accessible for free. Many steps to the top but well worth the effort

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to a piano concert there. It is such a beautiful place - very obviously a Wren designed building. Be warned - the seats at the front have no backs in them. Check before buying your ticket.

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ConnorClifton-Milne, Facilities Support Assistant at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Kathy348 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 4 weeks ago

Definitely worth a visit. The building was designed by Christopher Wren and it is the formal meeting place when Oxford dons congregate, students matriculate or graduate. Seems to be in very original state. From the roof lookout you can see the entire city.

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ConnorClifton-Milne, Facilities Support Assistant at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Remco B 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 

Romsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

The Sheldonian has always been my favourite Oxford building. It seems astonishing that Wren’s masterpiece was, apparently, only his second commission as an architect. Remembering that the site was very much on his own doorstep – he was earlier a student at Wadham College, just a step across The Broad, and at the time of building a Fellow of All... More 

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ConnorClifton-Milne, Facilities Support Assistant at Sheldonian Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Tim S Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback following your visit at the Sheldonian Theatre. It is a pleasure to read your positive feedback, and I am thrilled that you found the venue to be immaculate. Thank you for your continued recommendation, we look forward to seeing you again soon. With Kindest Regards, The Sheldonian Theatre... More 

Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

We were listening to a wonderful concert with very gifted young musicians - simply marvellous! Made the Day!

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