Sheldonian Theatre

  • 277299
  • 277295
  • Broad Street (map of this place)
  • OX1 3AZ
  • Mon-Sat: 10.00 to 12.30, 14.00 to 16.30 hrs

You are in a gravelled court yard, a tourist is taking photographs. To the east is the Clarendon Building and to the south is the [Old Bodleian Library]?. If you are careful you can walk west to the Museum of the History of Science.

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Sheldonian Theatre took over the role of the ceremonial hall of the University from St. Mary's Church. In addition to its role within the University, it is also a functional theatre and available for hire. Inquiries about events should be made at the Oxford Playhouse.

Admission Charges

  • 1.50 per adult
  • 1.00 per child aged 15 years or less
  • Group rate 50p per head parties of 15 and over

The Sheldonian theatre is famous for its painted ceiling. In September 2004, the theatre was closed for most of the term for urgent remedial work on the roof, and when reopened, the brightly painted ceiling had been replaced by a brown-beige plain covering.

After a holiday in Bristol, and costly restoration, the ceiling returned in the summer of 2008.

OS X co-ord: 451520     OS Y co-ord: 206437     (Latitude: 51.753798 Longitude: -1.253544)
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