Open Doors – 10 & 11 September – come into our venues for free and learn, feel and discover

posted on Wednesday 7 September

Oxford Open Doors is a celebration of Oxford across all walks of life, its places and its people and is organised by the Oxford Preservation Trust. As part of this celebration, we are opening our doors at the Examination Schools, Sheldonian Theatre and St Luke’s Chapel. We are offering guided tours, free concerts and much more. Further details are below. We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday 10 September

Community Information Fair – the University is organising an information fair from 1-4pm at the Blackwell Hall in the Weston Library. The Fair will comprise a range of staffed information stands to showcase the enormous range of services and events available from University departments. The Venues team will be at stand 13 so do come along to chat to us about your event requirements, find out about our latest offers, sign up to our newsletter and receive a free goodie bag.

St Luke’s Chapel – open from 9.30 – 4.00pm St Luke’s Chapel, a Grade II listed building built in a gothic architecture style, was formerly the church for the Old Radcliffe Hospital. Come in and see how this beautiful Chapel, now deconsecrated, has been restored by the University’s Estates Services Department.

St Lukes Oxford venue

Sunday 11 September

Examination Schools – open from 10.00 until 4.00pm, this is a rare opportunity to explore and discover the Examination Schools. You can do a self-guided visit or book onto a guided tour to see additional areas and learn more about the architecture, history and uses of this beautiful and versatile venue.


Sheldonian Theatre – open from 10.00 to 4.00 pm you will have also access to the Attic with its impressive beams and exhibition boards and our Cupola, which provides fantastic views over the City and the surrounding countryside. We have talks planned in the Theatre throughout the day and a free local choir performance between 2-2.30pm and a classical music concert will take place at 4.00pm. Seats will be issued on a first come first served basis so get there early to secure your place!