Sheldonian Theatre

Official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford and venue for concerts, lectures and events.



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There is no car parking at the Sheldonian Theatre. There are five nearby Blue Badge parking spaces on Broad Street, and two on Parks Road. In addition there is pay and display standard parking on Broad Street.

Oxford City Council have produced a useful Accessible Oxford Guide which includes a map of Blue Badge parking spaces in the city centre. The Blue Badge parking map is on page 11. Please click on the link below to view the Accessible Oxford Guide.

Accessible Oxford Guide (10,731kb)



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The main entrance to the Sheldonian Theatre is off Broad Street, there is a small flight of steps (no railings or nosings) leading through an archway with wrought iron gates, theatre entrance is directly in front of you.  The main entrance has three stone steps up (no railings or nosings) into the lobby area.

There is an additional set of steps (with railing but no nosing) off Catte Street, head towards the building directly in front of you and when you reach it turn right and follow the curve of the building to find the entrance.

If you require step free access there are two options:

1. via Broad Street

There is a narrow archway leading off Broad Street located at the end of the curved wall (right when facing the gates- in the direction of the town centre) where the main entrance gates are located. This entrance may not be suitable for larger wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Keep reading for the level access entrance information!

2. via Old Bodleian

If you require level access but can’t fit through the narrow archway then it is necessary to turn left from the main gates to the end of the road, turn right and head towards the large square building (Old Bodleian) on your left hand side, pass under the archway into a courtyard and then turn right and pass under another archway.  This will lead to a plateau, to your left is a semicircular building, this is the theatre.

The accessible entrance is on the far corner of the building. For those not familiar with the building it's probably easiest to head to the main entrance and work your way around!  So from the main entrance follow the curve of the building on the right hand side, you will see a subtly raised area of yorkstone paving and a doorbell on a freestanding sign near the corner of the building.  Press the doorbell, this will alert the reception that you are waiting and someone will come and open the doors in front of you.

Finally (!) on special occasions the huge doors on the flat edge of the building are opened, there is a step up, so on these occasions the staff can put down a temporary ramp.

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Due to the age and listed building status there are no lifts therefore only the ground floor is accessible to those that require lifts to reach the additional floors.


Accessible toilets

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There is an accessible toilet located off the corridor on the ground floor, as you enter from the accessible entrance pass along the corridor past the entrance to the theatre space (right hand side) and shortly after on the left is the accessible toilet. There is a small narrowing in the corridor that some larger wheelchair users might struggle with.

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Standard toilets

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The standard toilet blocks located within basement area of the Sheldonian theatre.

There are staircases leading down from the corridor that encircles the auditorium on the ground floor.

See floor plans for detailed locations.

hearing loop

Hearing support system

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When used in conjunction with the PA system or an external PA system, guests can use the T-loop setting in the main auditorium and at the rear of the first & second floor galleries.  There's also a separate induction loop in the basement (Cecil Jackson Room) 

opening hours

Opening hours

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The Sheldonian Theatre is a working building for the University of Oxford and is used for ceremonial and other events. As such, opening hours vary. Please check the opening times on the Sheldonian Theatre website


Inaccessible areas

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The Sheldonian Theatre has 2 upper floors and a basement that are not accessible unless you can manage stairs.

The Cupola is also not accessible unless you can manage stairs.


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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 0
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Not level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Manual
Direct contact to reception Doorbell
Number of floors 5
Accessible toilets 1
Lift to all floors No
Hearing support system Yes