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.