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The Sheldonian Theatre

The Sheldonian Theatre hosts both matriculation and graduation, making it an important landmark on your Oxford journey.

In those first few weeks of term, when Oxford seems both daunting and exciting, the Sheldonian invites students in to become official members of the University.

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1664 and 1669, its architecture contributes to the huge sense of occasion. At matriculation I remember gazing up at the stunning ceiling, painted by Robert Streater during the reign of King Charles II, and thinking how on earth have I made it here?!

With everyone dressed in their academic dress sitting in this historic building, it felt like we'd gone back in time...and I loved every minute of it!

And even better this beautiful building is open to visitors for as little as £3.50, offering one of the best indoor panoramic views of the dreaming spires, from its rounded ceiling.

It's a must-see in Oxford and is perfectly located next to the shops and cafes of Broad Street, so after a little taste of culture, you can stop for a coffee and cake!

Top Tips

  • You can take a guided tour around the Sheldonian and learn about its history.

  • Check it's open before you plan to visit, as it is used for ceremonies and events throughout the year:

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