Holywell Music Room

Address: Holywell Street, Oxford, OX2 3SD, United Kingdom
Telephone: Faculty of Music: 01865 276125

- Mid-range


England's first public concert hall.

Visiting the Holywell Music Room is not just a great musical experience - the predominantly wooden acoustics are excellent for chamber music - it's also a brush with history. This 18th-century purpose-built performing space was constructed in 1742 during the reign of George III. Many musicians, including Haydn and Handel, have performed here.

The interior of the auditorium has U-shaped raked seating and an organ. In many respects it resembles an 18th-century non-Conformist chapel.

Value for money

Expert tips

A list of concerts is usually displayed in front of the music room but a full programme - and tickets - can be sourced from the Oxford Playhouse: www.oxfordplayhouse.com/ticketsoxford.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Live entertainment
  • History
  • Design and architecture