Sheldonian Theatre

Elegant, sophisticated and brimming with old fashioned glamour, this unusual venue is ideal for luxurious private dining, drinks receptions, talks & meetings, awards ceremonies, musical concerts and performances. Combined with the nearby Examination Schools, it makes an impressive venue for opening conference plenaries, dinners and drinks receptions. Located in the city centre, the venue’s main space hosts 750 with a further meeting room for 80. It also boasts a rarity in the city – an indoor space at the top of the venue where you can enjoy drinks and panoramic views of the city’s skyline.

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

The British Neuroscience Association

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Dine under the stunning painted ceiling

For an extra special fine dining experience in a memorable, exquisite venue, look no further than the Sheldonian Theatre. Our award-winning Chef has crafted an elegant bespoke menu which can be paired with a sparkling drinks reception overlooking the Oxford skyline.


An interesting venue with an impressive history

Designed by one of England’s greatest architects, Sir Christopher Wren, the Sheldonian exudes a majestic style matching its purpose as Oxford University’s ceremonial hall. Intimate yet grand, you can marvel at golden eagles, flying cherubim, gilded thrones and a spectacular 32 panel painted ceiling. A place of pageantry, it has played a key role in keeping Oxford’s traditions and history alive for over 350 years. Many familiar faces have graduated there including 27 British Prime Ministers, 30 international leaders, 50 Nobel Prize winners and 120 Olympic medallists!


A panaromic view of the Sheldonian’s Main Theatre

How to find us

Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AZ

Train – Oxford railway station is approximately a 15 minute walk away or 10 minutes by taxi. Bikes can be hired at the train station or around the city.

Bus The nearest bus stop and airport bus stops are on the High Street just outside the Examination Schools (Queen’s Lane stop). When leaving the bus, turn right and walk along Queens Lane for around five minutes. At the end of Queens Lane, go straight ahead, up some steps and the Sheldonian is the building straight in front of you; the entrance is to the right. Information about buses in the city can be found here.

Car – There is no car parking on site so we recommend using the park and ride system. There is limited metered parking on Broad Street. Disabled parking is available. The nearest car park is Gloucester Green, a five minute walk away.

If you need help finding other University buildings in the city centre, try our searchable map.