Sheldonian Theatre

A unique venue to host a variety of events such as musical performances, drinks receptions, dining and meetings. 3 different spaces that can be used in a number of different set ups. 

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 Chapel, and Osler House.

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 0

Ensuite 0

Standard 0

Breakfast yes

Lunch yes

Dinner yes

"We were all extremely appreciative of the kindness shown to us, and of the interest which the college staff took in us."

Conference customer

Oxford University Event Venues

01865 276 905
  • 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.


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


    Full access to the main hall.


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  • 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.


    Projector and screen available, AV quotes on request.


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


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  • Attic, Sheldonian Theatre. Photo credit: Plastic Goldfish

    Attic & Cupola

    Buffet 80

    Above the theatre is the atmospheric attic and cupola.



    Step access only


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