Many of the University’s most iconic buildings are open to the public. The Grade I listed Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street hosts the University’s ceremonial events and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Events that take place here include the annual Encaenia ceremony where honorary degrees are awarded, Congregation (the University’s governing body) and graduation ceremonies. Tours are available, and the theatre can be hired for concerts and lectures.
The tower of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin offers panoramic views of the city including the famous Bodleian Library’s Radcliffe Camera and the beautiful All Souls and Brasenose colleges.
Our museums are famous for their collections, the buildings they are housed in, and their history. They include the Ashmolean Museum, the oldest museum in the UK; the Victorian Gothic style Museum of Natural History; the Museum of the History of Science, containing the world’s finest collection of historic scientific instruments; and the Pitt Rivers Museum, housing one of the world’s finest collections of anthropology and archaeology.
Several of our buildings, such as the Old Bodleian Library – including the 15th century Divinity School and the 17th century Convocation House and Chancellor’s Court – and the Sheldonian Theatre also offer tours and have received awards from national tourism organisations.