Sheldonian Theatre

The Grade I listed Sheldonian Theatre is one of Oxford’s most recognisable landmarks with its stunning eight-sided cupola boasting a 360° panoramic view of the city and the fascinating Emperor Heads which sit atop the surrounding exterior wall.  Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and opened in 1669 the building’s primary function is as the University of Oxford’s ceremonial hall but is also available as a venue for a range of dinners, receptions, talks and music events. 

We are also delighted to partner with the Bodleian Library to offer the Sheldonian Theatre as a drinks reception venue for weddings.

The main theatre has an audience capacity of up to 726 depending on the event type, and can accommodate up to 250 for a reception.  The Cecil Jackson Room located underneath is an ideal meeting or breakout space seating up to 60.  Above the theatre is the atmospheric attic and cupola which is a truly unique space. 

In addition to being available to hire for events, the Sheldonian Theatre also offer guided tours which are a great activity to incorporate into any event you are running in Oxford.

The Sheldonian Theatre is part of the Oxford University Event Venues portfolio which also includes the Examination Schools, St Luke’s ChapelOsler House and Language Centre.

Sheldonian Theatre
Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ

3 meeting spaces with capacity for up to 726 guests for Dining, Buffet, Theatre, Boardroom, and Cabaret functions.

Bedrooms

Ensuite

Standard

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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  • Main Hall, Sheldonian Theatre

    Main Theatre

    Dining 80

    Buffet 200

    Theatre 726

    Boardroom 30

    Cabaret 80

    A light spacious yet intimate space with the original canvas ceiling providing wonderful natural acoustics. Seating available on chairs and cushioned benches.

    Facilities

    Staging, lectern and a basic PA system provided, external AV and PA quotes available on request.

    Accessibility

    Full access to the main hall.

    Available

    Term & Vacation

  • Cecil Jackson Room, Sheldonian Theatre

    Cecil Jackson Room

    Buffet 80

    Theatre 80

    Boardroom 20

    Cabaret 40

    A fantastic space for small meetings, lectures, training area or drinks receptions.

    Facilities

    Projector and screen available, AV quotes on request.

    Accessibility

    No wheelchair access to the room, access to the basement via 15 steps.

    Available

    Term & Vacation

  • Attic, Sheldonian Theatre. Photo credit: Plastic Goldfish

    Attic & Cupola

    Buffet 80

    Above the theatre is the atmospheric attic and cupola.

    Facilities

    Accessibility

    No wheelchair access

    Available

    Term & Vacation