A brief history of the University of Oxford: The Sheldonian Theatre in context.
This 60 to 80 minute guided walking tour is a perfect introduction for curious visitors who wish to know more.
During the tour you will discover how the Sheldonian Theatre fits into the wider context of the University of Oxford and why Christopher Wren’s building is so central to the ceremonial heart and governance of this place of learning.
The tour will take you past the following beautiful and important nearby buildings:
• The Clarendon building and the Clarendon quad
• The Old Schools’ quad & Divinity School
• Radcliffe Square & the Radcliffe Camera
• All Souls’ College
• Brasenose College
• Hertford College
• The University Church of St. Mary the Virgin
You will then be taken inside the Sheldonian Theatre to learn more about the building itself. At the end of your tour, climb up into the historic attic and then into the roof-top cupola to enjoy one of the best panoramic views of Oxford’s famous skyline. This is an option for which there is no additional charge (we suggest that you add 15 – 30 minutes to your visit if you wish to include this).
Are you interested in a particular aspect of the Sheldonian? Or perhaps there is a large group of you who would prefer a private tour? Bespoke tours are available for those with a specific area of interest. Please contact Oxford City Walks to discuss.
The tour involves a small amount of walking and is suitable for everybody, including school children, students and families. The tours can easily be adapted to suit visitors with limited mobility.
Tours can take place in the day or evening.
To book a guided tour, please email Oxford City Walk or call +44 (0) 7530 951 320, and they will be pleased to help.
Please note that, although there is no minimum (or maximum) number of visitors allowed on a guided tour, there is a minimum charge for our guided tours: which is £120 per guide and each guide can take up to 25 people. The individual admission prices apply, but are subject to the concession rate.