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Bodleian Library

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
+44 1865 287400
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Ranked #11 of 97 attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Libraries, Architectural Buildings
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... more » 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. « less
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I love this place, if you can try to go with a student. So you can see inside, it is absolutely beautiful. Once you have a card, it is the best place to study and every book you could ever imagine is there! An Oxford must do is the Radcliffe Camera. It is beautiful.

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Tyne and Wear
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Loved it. The tour of the library was well worth the money with very knowledgeable and helpful guides. The array of books is breathtaking

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The best option is to take the guided tour- for short of time we took the short tour to the divinity school and the library- a must do.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Followed lots of recommendations and took the tour. Great value. Wonderful lady guided us upstairs and through the Divinity Room etc. One of the best decisions I made on my first visit to a Oxford.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I was prohibited by the fee to go into the actual library. Instead, I walked around the courtyard area and saw the free exhibit. The exhibit was about average, had a couple interesting items from the library...

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I visited a small exhibition of medical discoveries linked to Oxford, which was very interesting and had plenty of original information. The exhibition was of a variety of discoveries over many years, but I found it all very fascinating. Plenty to look at, all in the one room, but not too exhausting. Well worth visiting

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North Sandwich, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Just to stand in the middle of the square inside the Bodleian is an extraordinary thing to do, peering into doors & contemplating the extraordinary sum of knowledge held here. If you're a student, you can use the library. As a visitor, you have to take a tour. That's all very well, but if, like me, you're a Shakespeare buff... More

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Had a guided tour £7pp. Good value for an hour's tour. Knowledgable guide. Great to be able to get right into the library. Lovely sunlight streaming in through the fantastic windows.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Paying extra for a tour of the Divinity School and other adjacent rooms is well worth while, and allows much greater access than the normally publicly available areas. You can only access these additional areas with a guide, but it is well worth it, even if it goes way over the allotted hour, as ours did. Perhaps best to allow... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

If all libraries could be like this it would be heaven on earth. The architecture is wonderful and the books mouth-watering. For anyone unsure about a visit then try a guided tour. The tour guides are well versed in their knowledge; one not to be missed.

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