The main entrance to the Sheldonian Theatre is off Broad Street, there is a small flight of steps (no railings or nosings) leading through an archway with wrought iron gates, theatre entrance is directly in front of you. The main entrance has three stone steps up (no railings or nosings) into the lobby area.
There is an additional set of steps (with railing but no nosing) off Catte Street, head towards the building directly in front of you and when you reach it turn right and follow the curve of the building to find the entrance.
If you require step free access there are two options:
1. via Broad Street
There is a narrow archway leading off Broad Street located at the end of the curved wall (right when facing the gates- in the direction of the town centre) where the main entrance gates are located. This entrance may not be suitable for larger wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Keep reading for the level access entrance information!
2. via Old Bodleian
If you require level access but can’t fit through the narrow archway then it is necessary to turn left from the main gates to the end of the road, turn right and head towards the large square building (Old Bodleian) on your left hand side, pass under the archway into a courtyard and then turn right and pass under another archway. This will lead to a plateau, to your left is a semicircular building, this is the theatre.
The accessible entrance is on the far corner of the building. For those not familiar with the building it's probably easiest to head to the main entrance and work your way around! So from the main entrance follow the curve of the building on the right hand side, you will see a subtly raised area of yorkstone paving and a doorbell on a freestanding sign near the corner of the building. Press the doorbell, this will alert the reception that you are waiting and someone will come and open the doors in front of you. **Update November 2019. The bell is currently not working. If you require level access please request this at the main entrance, or contact the theatre in advance.**
For ceremonial occasions (such as Encaenia), the very large doors at the rear of the building are used by the University dignitaries to enter the theatre in procession. There is a step up into the theatre here – the theatre has a portable ramp which can be deployed as needed. It is advisable to contact the theatre in advance if you will be part of the procession and will require the ramp.
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