The Sheldonian Theatre was erected in 1664-8 to a design by Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) from funds donated by Gilbert Sheldon (1598-1677) – a former Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

Its purpose was to provide an appropriate secular venue for the principal meetings and public ceremonies of the University, and this remains its purpose today. The Sheldonian was described by the European Commission as 'one of the architectural jewels of Oxford'.

Offer for alumni

Free entry to the Sheldonian Theatre, while their guests receive concessionary rates (currently £3).

How to claim

Please show your My Oxford Card on arrival.

Go to The Sheldonian Theatre’s website