Sheldonian Theatre

Described as one of the architectural jewels of Oxford, this unique and historic venue can be hired for concerts, lectures, drinks receptions and other events

Sheldonian Theatre

Described as one of the architectural jewels of Oxford, this unique and historic venue can be hired for concerts, lectures, drinks receptions and other events

Sheldonian Theatre

Described as one of the architectural jewels of Oxford, this unique and historic venue can be hired for concerts, lectures, drinks receptions and other events

Sheldonian Theatre

Seating up to 750 people

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1669 we are the ceremonial Hall of the University of Oxford. Our stunning Grade I listed venue is available to hire for concerts, drinks receptions, award ceremonies, meetings, lectures and for conference opening/closing sessions. Situated in the heart of Oxford, our beautiful venue is also easily accessible on foot or via public transport.

We also provide guided tours where you and your guests can learn about 900 years of the University’s history and are given the opportunity to climb to the cupola and experience the best indoor panoramic view of Oxford.

The Rooms

Main Theatre

Sheldonian Theatre

This stunning venue can be hired for a variety of functions. For smaller talks and drinks receptions, the unique shape of the building provides a welcoming and intimate feel. The acoustics and large seating capacity make it an ideal setting for concerts. The space is also perfect for large lectures and opening/closing sessions for conferences.

  • Reception

    50 - 250

  • Theatre

    150 - 750

  • Concert

    150 - 650

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Cecil Jackson Room

Sheldonian Theatre

This room was initially designed to hold the print machines for Oxford University Press. Today it is a venue for interval drinks receptions, drama classes, small meetings and lectures (minimum catering is for 50 people).

  • Reception

    50 - 80

  • Theatre

    50 - 80

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A panaromic view of the Sheldonian's Main Theatre

"The Sheldonian Theatre is a unique venue with a wonderful history; an event there is a special occasion in magnificent surroundings"

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