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Bodleian Library

Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
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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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Reviewed 4 days ago

I'm a book nerd but my girlfriend isn't and both of us loved it here. Stunning architecture and a unique experience. Go visit!

Thank danecobain
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The visit to the Bodleian Library was one of my high lites of my trip. The history contained within is a experience like no other. Take a guided tour to experience the full history of this place. If you wish to experience the history of...More

Thank Jeffrey L
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Take the guide tour, is worth it, you hace to paid more but is the only way to see the liberty inside, the tour take have an hour but is nice the guide give you funny facts

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Bodleian Library system is the heart and soul of the University. If you are not a University member, it is closed to you except by tour ticket. Oxford has a lot of visitors, esp. in summer, and a lot of them want this tour....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful buildings which are seeped in history, and a good guide who was very knowledgeable. Loved it.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Elizabeth,our guide, had extensive knowledge and presented this succinctly to the group. We were also given ideas for other sights in Oxford. Book this trip on line; well worth it.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited as part of Harry Potter tour and it was good to have the extra information from our guide shame we could not see more

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This ancient library is a core part of the Oxford experience. There are various tour options available (you can buy tickets in the lobby), but you must try to include Duke Humphrey's library- centuries old and architecturally distinguished.

Thank Linda G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me and my family visited the Bodleian a few weeks ago. An really good day out overall in Oxford and this was Probably the best highlight of the day for us.. Its one of the oldest libraries in all of Europe - you wont be...More

Thank alhiggs
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is probably little I can add to what has already been said about this historical building. We joined and paid for a guided tour (£8 +£1 donation). We were shown into the Divinity Room the first lecture room ever built. It is here that...More

Thank Colin O
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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.
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erkcpa
5 June 2016|
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There are exhibitions of Bodleian treasures in the Weston Library.
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melancia2014
15 March 2016|
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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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