23 February 2015

Sheldonian gains official Hidden Gem status

The University’s iconic Sheldonian Theatre has received a VisitEngland accolade in recognition of the quality of the visitor experience it delivers.

The Hidden Gem awards, introduced by VisitEngland for the first time in October 2014, recognise outstanding attractions going the extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable visit. The VisitEngland accolades are available to attractions that are part of the Visitor Attractions Quality Scheme and are allocated through a scoring system based on an annual assessment. They include the Welcome accolade, Hidden Gem, Best Told Story, Quality Café and the Gold accolade for top-scoring attractions.

A total of 57 attractions from across the country received accolades during the second round. The Sheldonian Theatre was the only Oxfordshire attraction selected. VisitEngland staff rating the theatre’s offering on its routine annual visit, felt that the indoor panoramic view and the recent additions of new story boards and guided tours all enhance the visitor experience provided.

Congratulations to all the members of the Estates Services FM team based at the Sheldonian Theatre for ensuring everyone receives a warm and friendly welcome.