Cupola Closure

Due to restoration work taking place on the outside of the building - the Cupola will be closed to visitors from 9 April 2019 until 20 May 2019.

Throughout this period the Sheldonian Theatre will remain open to the public and Self-Guided tours of the Main Theatre and Attic Area only will still be available at the reduced cost of £3pp Adult / £2pp (concession rate)


Located in Oxford’s medieval city centre, the Sheldonian Theatre was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1664 and 1669. It is a popular Oxford tourist attraction. Step inside to learn more about this historical venue’s unique history and the key role it plays today as the University’s ceremonial hall.

We welcome visitors and concession rates are offered.


  • Gaze up at the Theatre’s magnificent ceiling painted by Robert Streater during the reign of King Charles II.
  • Learn about the Theatre’s journey from past to present day through our colourful and informative display boards.
  • Enjoy one of the best indoor 360 degree panoramic views of Oxford from the Cupola.
  • Receive a free information leaflet on entry and buy a set of 350th anniversary notelets.
  • Find out about Concert tickets and forthcoming events.

Guided Tours

Take a fascinating one-hour guided tour of the Sheldonian Theatre and learn about the history of Oxford University.  Availability and booking information can be found at Sheldonian Guided Tours.

Admission prices





Main Theatre, Attic and Cupola




Guided Tour




Concessions are available to those over 60, under 16 years of age or students with an ID card.