The Thames Valley Sights

Sheldonian Theatre

  • Broad St. Map It
  • Oxford
  • Arts/Performance Venue

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

This fabulously ornate theater is where Oxford's impressive graduation ceremonies are held, conducted almost entirely in Latin. Dating to 1663, it was the first building designed by Sir Christopher Wren when he served as professor of astronomy. The D-shaped auditorium has pillars, balconies, and an elaborately painted ceiling. The stone pillars outside are topped by 18 massive stone heads. Climb the stairs to the cupola for the best view of the city's "dreaming spires." Guided tours take place a few times per week between late April and early October; call or email to book a place in advance (or you can buy a ticket from the box office on the day if there's space).

Sight Information


Broad St., Oxford, OX1 3AZ, England

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Sight Details:

  • £3.50; tours £8
  • Feb.–Apr. and Oct.–Nov., Mon.–Sat. 10–4:30; May–Sept., Mon.–Sat. 10–4:30, Sun. 10:30–4:30; last admission 30 min before closing. Times may vary if events are planned; check website for full schedule.

Published 08/18/2015


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