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Address: Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 287400
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Description: The Bodleian Library is a working library which forms part of the...
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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So interesting and good value

We had a great guide. Her animated style really gave life to the history of this amazing library. Well worth the £5 pound fee. Note you can't take photos so suggest you purchase a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had a great guide. Her animated style really gave life to the history of this amazing library. Well worth the £5 pound fee. Note you can't take photos so suggest you purchase a postcard of the library for you memory box.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Took the tour when I just arrived in Oxford and never expected to be so amazed by a library! Making every friend/family member visiting us take the same tour and going for the long tour this spring myself. Amongst others, the tour includes the beautiful hall of the divinity school (Harry Potter sick ward), a visit to medieval library (as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Despite being Oxford born and bred, and my wife being entitled to a reader ticket - we had never visited inside the Bodleian , so we deiced to make amends - and after a dodgy start whee the radio mike system seemed to be picking up another tour we were shown all around and given a fair dose of history... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

I loved seeing the beautiful vaulted ceilings of the divinity school, and the library upstairs was quite a treat. I went on the 30-min short tour (the offer a few later in the day) and it was just right. I'm not sure what we would've done up there for an hour as it's very small. Even when you "enter" the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

At the Bodleian Weston Library, Oxford The exhibition “Strokes of Genius”, a hoard Of priceless works on display open now Provokes an amazed reaction of “wow”! To some it’s just a collection of books, To others, depending on how closely one looks, It’s a confirmation of stuff that one knows. There’s one of Shakespeare’s first folios Handle’s manuscript score of... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We visited the library for the short tour with some friends seeing only the Divinity School and Duke Humfrey's medieval library. Even if you are only in town for a short time, I highly recommend this short tour (only 30 mins). We are definitely heading back for the extended tour!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You enter and spend time in a beautiful room which looks like maybe part of a cathedral, with lovely lierne vaulting, and over 500 ceiling bosses. Then you pass into a stark Government chamber, a University court room, and finally upstairs into part of the library itself, surprising beautiful because of the ornately painted ceiling, well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The tour is a must if you want to get inside. We had excellent guide which told the insights of the library very well, it was absolutely worth to go there at 9 in the morning and get the tickets :)

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State College, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

very interesting tour of a beautiful library. the guide provided lots of history and connected it to the present. though parts of Harry Potter were filmed here, not everyone is familiar with the story, so i think some of the guests lost the point of a portion of the tour. we were much more interested in the actual history of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

In the time available we were given a tour by a very knowledgable guide. This was done very successfully by her broadcasting to you via headsets used to keep the noise down as the library is continuously in use. This is a unique experience recommended to everyone.

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