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Bodleian Library

Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
+44 1865 287400
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The Bodleian Library is a working library which forms part of the University of Oxford. It is housed in a remarkable group of buildings which forms the historic heart of the University, and you can explore the quadrangles of these magnificent structures at no charge. Different ticket options allow you to visit the interior of some of the buildings, such as the University’s oldest teaching and examination room, The Divinity School (built 1427-88). Here you will discover more of the University’s fascinating history. Our guided tours go behind the scenes in the Library, including its oldest research library, dating from 1602-20.
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Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
+44 1865 287400
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is the most amazing place to visit. With the old pews and amazing spaces. You must visit. Then to exit into the quod.

Thank kmlkmlkml1
Reviewed 2 days ago

Probably we did not queue in the right place or at the right time. We got the audioguides, started our visit in the Divinity School (one single room) and then the audioguide brought us from on court to another, describing building from outside and that...More

Thank GiulioVeniVidi
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stopped in to check on tours early in the morning. In the afternoon the divinity school room (cool ceiling room) was being used for a wedding but we were able to go in to see the room in the morning and come back for...More

Thank InfiniteChocolate
Reviewed 4 days ago

To get into any of the interesting parts of the Bodleian Library you have to pay for one of the tours. There are a several guided tours that can be taken. Prices were, as I recall, about 6 to 8 Pounds (~$8 to $11 US...More

Thank Mark V
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I made several unsuccessful attempts to sign up for the Extended Tour but could never find an open slot. Tickets are available 2 weeks in advance on line (not at the ticket office) and the Extended Tour is offered only a few days a week....More

Thank _margoramage
Reviewed 6 days ago

It's true its a must seen if you are a HP fan but I was a little bit disappointed that we could barely see anything, and also no pictures allowed. Bittersweet feeling because its an amazing place but disappointed that after paying for the tour...More

Thank Maisie_91
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the great British museum's. Not easily open to the public, but you can visit the new Bodleian museum, great toilets, cafe but not the great books!Q

Thank NEIL A
Reviewed 1 week ago

great building, history, and essentially the origin of the Oxford University as it is today. The architecture, the history, the crumbles of the foundation of Oxford was wonderful to experience and be part of.

Thank mark D
Reviewed 1 week ago

The one hour tour was fantastic and well worth the minimal cost. The tour allowed you access to the main hall, and several other rooms and the upper floors. The tour guide was excellent!

Thank BGBeck
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an awesome place and worth seeing it. Took Footprints walking tour, great guide Aiden. Highly recommend this visit.

Thank Marcela B
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Nate P
21 August 2016|
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Response from Hlamme | Reviewed this property |
I think it's open every day except Christmas. A lot of filming and other events go on there though, so ot's probably best to ring them and check.
5 June 2016|
Response from David W |
There are exhibitions of Bodleian treasures in the Weston Library.
15 March 2016|
Response from NL_Frank |
In Divinity School (hospital in Harry Potter 1 and 2) making pictures is allowed. No pictures are allowed to be taken in the library.
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