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Address: Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 287400
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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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A medieval masterpiece

A visit to the 'Bod' is to travel back in time. Take the tour of Duke Humphries library and experience the exquisite stone vaulted fan roof. Also make sure of seeing the upstairs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Oxford, United Kingdom

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A visit to the 'Bod' is to travel back in time. Take the tour of Duke Humphries library and experience the exquisite stone vaulted fan roof. Also make sure of seeing the upstairs library complete with studious students and the hush of old and rare manuscripts. This is a treat that no visitor to Oxford should miss.

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great architecture in the old library and a lovely space in the new one. Fascinating to hear what is contained within.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fascinating and illuminating; even if you know Oxford well I would thoroughly recommend a guided tour of the Bodleian Library. The stories and historical anecdotes told by the guides are fantastic and the old books are absolutely amazing.

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Coolangatta, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful structure with rich history. Certainly take a look if you have time. I was on a tour and loved visiting this place.

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Thank goldcoastlocal255335
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful buildings, great collections and huge selection of books and souvenirs in the shop with the best shop attendant you could dream about : she knew so much about history and books, I was really impressed! I want to go back as I didn't have enough time to watch all those treasures!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting tour of this impressive building.Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and we learnt so much about the University.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We only saw the quadrangles and handsome exteriors of this historic institution on our visit today but as a regular visitor to the beautiful city of Oxford I have toured the interiors before and can attest that the history and architecture of this vast place is astonishing. For anyone wanting to visit the marvellous attractions of this city this ought... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this place for many reasons, historical appeal, architecture, photos, and the fact that it has its own role in Harry Potter. I wasn't disappointed and happy that I visited. I did not take the tour, nonetheless, it was still a very worthwhile visit.

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Amherstburg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Paid 8 pounds for the 1 hour guided tour. The guide was very knowledgable and took us to see rare an old books inside a section of the museum, followed by several other amazing rooms. No photos allowed on certain parts of the tour but the cost is well worth seeing amazing manuscripts, Harry Potter filming locations, and to take... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the 1-hour tour (cost ~£8 each). This tour included the rare books room as well as the entrance hall. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Certainly learned a lot. However, there was no other places visited except the two mentioned. Thought we would see more of the building in an hour!

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