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Bodleian Library

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
+44 1865 287400
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Ranked #7 of 99 attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Hertford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Sheer number of books in storage and where they are stored, considering joining and going back to do research. inspiring.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

A marvelous tour with an enthusiastic guide made this the highlight of my visit to Oxford. Ron Weasley learnt to dance here and the library in total has over 12 million books ( not all on this site of course). The library room itself was fascinating. Such a beautiful roof.

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Tyler
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Took a special guided tour. Such an impressive collection. The medieval library was fascinating and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was definitely worth the price of admission to visit the medieval reading room, Divinity School and Radcliff Camera.

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East Flanders Province, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We've choosen a short visit, just before cloosing time. Exellent guide(s); good and funny comments, paying attention to the visitors; guides use micropfones and receivers for the visitors; this is absolutely a part of the athmosphere of Oxford.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The Divinity School is quite nice, although the main visitation point is one room only, with the marvelous ceiling. We also took the 30 minutes tour on Duke Humfrey's library, which is quite nice. However, you can not really get inside, the group just stays in the main aisle. I think they were over protective with noise and bothering students,... More

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Hamme, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The building is amazing. Especially the old library itself. Too bad one can't take any pictures in the actual library, but you can google some to get an idea. It's absolutely worth a visit, especially if you like old books and antique libraries. The tour with the guide was worth every penny.

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British Isles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Paid for the brief 30 minute tour but was worth it as I felt it added so much more than just turning up to look at the courtyard. If you have any interest in history, books, libraries or even Harry Potter than book a tour. Was great to see The Divinity School and Duke Humfrey's Library

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Gunnislake
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Not knowing Oxford, we decided to plan a couple of specific places to visit. The Bodleian's website was clear and easy to follow - we opted for the 1 hour tour of the Divinity School and Duke Humphrey's library. This cannot be booked in advance on-line, and we were rather late, but we just made the last two places for... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Beautiful buildings that amaze and fill you with awe People just gaze in wonder at the size,detail and glory of them

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Houston, Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

If you are a history nerd, go see it. If you are a harry potter nerd, go see it. If you just love pretty buildings and sites go see it. Have I said go see it yet? Go. See. It.

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