Fodor's Expert Review Sheldonian Theatre

Oxford Educational Institution

This fabulously ornate theater is where Oxford's impressive graduation ceremonies are held, conducted almost entirely in Latin. Dating from 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; call in advance for details.

Educational Institution

Quick Facts

Broad St.
Oxford, Oxfordshire  OX1 3AZ, England


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: £4; tours £8

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