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“What a setting for a ceremony”
Review of Sheldonian Theatre

Sheldonian Theatre
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Our son graduated as a doctor this weekend and the ceremony was in the Sheldonian. The University organisation was superb and the pomp and ceremony of the old traditions and rituals set in this stunning Wren designed building was pure theatre.

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

It won't take much time but for a modest fee, you get to see both the ornate interior of the building, plus a pretty decent view of the city from the cupola.

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Church spires, colleges and other fine views of Oxford from the tower - just 122 steps to sheer delight!

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

This is yet another building designed by Sir Christopher Wren, but it is the first one he completed. He did this while a professor of astronomy at Oxford University. Commencement exercises are held in the richly paneled hall. My favorite part was the climb up the winding old wooden stairs to the cupola on top. You get a fine view of the city from a fairly low level, so you feel right on top of it.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the 1640s the Sheldonian Theatre is owned by Oxford University and is the main venue for classical music concerts in Oxford. It holds around 850 on a full house and the stage is on floor level with about 30 individual chairs for the audience. The other seating is tiered and all have a good view unlike some of the other concert venues in Oxford. I went to a Britten Tribute recently which was very good and conducted by Oxford University's John Traill. He is also conducting Oxford Proms concerts this August with some great soloists including Michael Collins playing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and I am looking forwards to that.
The seats are usually priced in 4 bands. The top two pricewise are worth booking as the seats are padded with backrests. For the Oxford Proms concerts age 7-17 tickets are free with adult purchase.

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