Sheldonian Theatre

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford: Hours, Address, Sheldonian Theatre Reviews: 4.5/5

Sheldonian Theatre
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Theaters • Convention Centers
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Gaze over panoramic views of the iconic Oxford skyline, trace the footsteps of famous Oxford graduates, and discover over 350 years of history! The Sheldonian Theatre, an exquisite Grade I listed building situated at the heart of Oxford, is the official ceremonial hall of Oxford University. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1664 and 1669, the Sheldonian is a must-see on your visit to Oxford whether to browse the theatre at your own pace or attend a musical concert. The Sheldonian offers self-guided tours, is a stop on many of the Oxford walking tours and the City Sight Seeing bus tours. Come inside and learn about how the University was formed, the importance of the Sheldonian Theatre and how it's woven into the University's past, present and future. Please visit the website for opening hours and dates before your visit as these are subject to change due to University events and concerts.
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Sallybelinda
Northampton, UK131 contributions
The climb to the Cupola is definitely worth the effort!
Nov 2021 • Couples
We hadn’t realised that this building was open to the public, so decided to visit on the spur of the moment when we saw an ‘Open’ sign outside. We were certainly glad we had. The auditorium is pretty spectacular and the climb to the attic and Cupola is definitely worth the effort. In the attic you can see the actual construction method of the building and the views of ‘The Spires of Oxford’ from the Cupola were magnificent!
Written November 25, 2021
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Cindy T
Urbandale, IA17 contributions
Quick stop.
Oct 2021 • Family
The Sheldonian is worth a visit if you can fit it in. Super quick to visit. Takes about 30 minutes. Worth the climb up the 100+ stairs just for the 360 view of Oxford.
Written October 29, 2021
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liz c
Manchester, UK129 contributions
Amazing building
Sep 2021
Went round the building for a small entrance fee of £3 or £4 and its a lovely building which you can go to the top and get a spectacular view of Oxford from up there
Written October 6, 2021
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>Aitch<
5 contributions
Such history!
Sep 2021
Great place to visit, and the views from the top are well worth the climb. Amazing history and an important building to the college
Written September 26, 2021
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Boho1979
Deal, UK461 contributions
Important place to see
Jul 2021
This building wasn't open to the public but it is a very important place to those who study at the University so really shouldn't be missed if you are in the area.
Written August 14, 2021
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KellyS3210
Norfolk, UK676 contributions
Good views from the top
Aug 2021 • Couples
Primarily went here for the view from the top which did not disappoint. A good price for entry- for £3 (students) or £4 for adults. Quite a few steps to the top but nothing too strenuous (some elderly people were at the top). Theatre itself is impressive especially the ceiling.

Overall good for a view of the Bodleian and All Souls College, and the Bridge of Sighs. Honestly the views from the University Church tower are probably better as you can’t see the Rad Cam from the top of the Sheldonian. However the Sheldonian is cheaper and no time limit - spend as long as you like. Also quieter.

So up to you really!!
Written August 10, 2021
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Thank you so much for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your Sheldonian experience!
Written August 11, 2021
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Onleaveagain
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK6,760 contributions
Impressive building
Mar 2020
This building is situated in the centre of the city where all of the main university buildings are located. This mainly circular structure was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and was originally built as a theatre and to house The Oxford Press University. It is now primarily used for graduation ceremonies and some theatre activities. Inside is interesting and worth a visit if you have the time.
Written March 29, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for the Sheldonian, we are glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written August 11, 2021
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Alan A
Redditch, UK928 contributions
Magical place
Mar 2020 • Couples
It's difficult to express how beautiful the inside of the Sheldonian Theatre is, never mind how mind blowing the outside is.
The misses and I got L12 and L13 to see a concert here restricted view it said so a tenner. What it didn't say was rope and tackle provided to reach it. Be warned some seats are the devil to get to. Luckily we didn't need to pee, we're wrinklies so it's a concern, so no problem there. But honestly the box office need to make it known that the physically disabled wouldn't make it. That said it was 2 hours of being in a dream world. If you do nothing else, go to a concert here.
Heaven knows where people park, couldn't begin to advice, but do what we always do taxi from your hotel.
Also have to say the seats were solid and gave my hemorrhoids a seen too, and those in front had no backs causing them to fidget for 2 hours. Pay a bit more and get the better seats, probably made of better wood.
Returning at night for the concert the place was lit up like the gates of heaven.
Still hemorrhoids aside it is a place that will stay in my memory for a long time, for good reasons, just can't wait to go back.
Written March 18, 2020
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK4,782 contributions
Spectacular design
Feb 2020
The Sheldonian theatre is a spectacular design and well worth a visit go inside if no performance on to explore the majesty of the 8 cupola design and some nice views of Oxford rooftops.
Written March 4, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for the Sheldonian, we really appreciate your kind words!
Written August 11, 2021
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Michael M
Steinfort, Luxembourg149 contributions
Self-guided tour - worth the effort
Jan 2020
Small visit overall, with a worthwhile climb to the top for a city-360° view....even on the dull, grim, grey and wet morning it was worth it.

Inside the hall itself, the ceiling is spectacular!
Written January 21, 2020
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Thank you for your kind review, we are so pleased you adventured up to the cupola despite the weather, it really is spectacular!
Written August 11, 2021
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