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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 3 days ago via mobile

This is the place you want to be if you are hungry of knowledge, if you want to see wonderful. Peace and amazing in the meantime. I can’t stop to recommend this place.

Thank xxparrainxx
Reviewed 1 week ago

I normally shy away from guided tours, but you dont get to see the key parts of the library unless you do - in particular the actual library, so be aware! I was part of a very small group, about 8 of us, and I...More

Thank Raven6665
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took the £6 30minute tour. Photography is not allowed inside the library so you can only see it in person. I've never seen anything like that ever. Totally worth it!

Thank jls0212
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on a Free walking tour with a native oxfordian who talked a bit about the library in her tour and asked for a visit following her suggestion. It’s an absolutely fantastic library that has around 11 million books!! Stunning, Historical and followed through into...More

Thank DannyTravels101
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the 1 hour tour at £8 each. It's worth it just to see inside the phenomenally historic library itself. I think the quality of the tour guide is very much pot luck. Our guide was knowledgeable but her presentation was scatty and disjointed....More

Thank Simon A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is hard to imagine the size of this old and perpetually growing collection. My visit was just to view the main part of the Weston (the expansion branch across from the original Bodleian) and to examine the Magna Carta and numerous items highlighted in...More

Thank Cymro_SF
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a look. Beautiful architecture, views and history. Especially if you're restricted for time

Thank Becky L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must for the book lover. One of the highlights of a visit to Oxford. Take the took to see all the rooms.

Thank Pierre J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We paid £6 each for a tour of the library led by Cille, an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. You assemble in the school of divinity which was housed in a beautiful gothic hall with gorgeous fan vaulting, you stay here to learn some of the...More

Thank sjhHove
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The library is must visit for anyone who visits Oxford. It's such a beautiful place filled with rich history and artisanal architectural designs. Got a guided tour to the library where the guide gave such an exhilarating narrative of the history and stories behind this...More

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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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