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Bodleian Library

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
+44 1865 287400
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$22*
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Oxford City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
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Ranked #7 of 95 Attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Cultural
Owner description: The Bodleian Library is a working library which forms part of the...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Cultural
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

This was a very interesting & fascinating, we had a tour where we were all given ear pieces so that we could hera the guide, as I'm deaf this was so valuable. He was an excellent guide and the facts are amazing. Well worth a visit

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Willaston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

A beautiful place. The library itself is amazing - it feels as though you are stepping into history when you walk through the door. We had a very insightful tour with Gillian who was enthusiatic and knowledgeable and so interesting to listen to. Don't miss this place if you visit Oxford

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We took the long tour. It was really informative. And very well presented by an excellent knowledgeable guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

friendly and helpful staff. stunning environment for studying in, especially the Duke Humphrey reading room and the upper level of the Radcliffe Camera. Even the courtyard is just gorgeous. You can enter the courtyard and the divinity school (the hospital from harry potter!) for free.

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Newport, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

£10 to get in and be toured around for half an hour though? I don't think so. I was gutted, and refused to pay, so sadly I didn't even see the library, but the building was very nice.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I found the Bodleian library to be absolutely breath-taking, it is most definitely worth a visit. I did the hour long standard tour which I would recommend, it cost about £7, the tour-guide was a very knowledgable lady and was full of interesting information and history. The ceiling in the Divinity School is spectacular!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The only way to enter and see parts of the library is booking yourself for a guided or extended tour. Extended tour includes the Radcliffe Camera as well. I did a tour with one Mr Nigel, very well informed , very witty man

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Took the hour long tour and loved every minute of it. Wished i had taken the longer tour now. You have to get to the ticket office early but some tours you can book on line. Not to be missed

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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Has a kind of literary vibe excentuated the the musky funk of underground verbiage. Little bit post modern for my tastes but my friend tome likes it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Beautiful buildings that you can explore through a very insightful and interesting tour. The free exhibition that changes several times a year is also fantastic and gives you the chance to view some of the treasures of the Bodleian.

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