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Bodleian Library

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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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We went early in the morning so it was quite and not too many people on the tour. Even if you don't like reading or books it is a place you must visit in Oxford. Great for Harry... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We went early in the morning so it was quite and not too many people on the tour. Even if you don't like reading or books it is a place you must visit in Oxford. Great for Harry Potter fans too

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We decided to book the short tour since we were short of time. Even though the shortbtour is worth it, I would do the longer tour another time. At first, I thought, a library, oh blah, but then as I learned about how this library came to be, oh wow what a genius he was. I never really understood until... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Just the ceiling in the picture is worth the visit, but I think that, together with All Souls College, the Bodleian Library is one of the most beautiful buildings to see in Oxford. Take the extended tour which includes Radcliff Camera.

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Geek out Harry Potter trip to Oxford, did the Bodleian library mini tour, which included the Divinity School (Harry Potter Hospital) and Duke Humfrey’s Library (Harry Potter Library). They give you earpieces to hear the guide who was lovely and clear, only told us concise, interesting details. Reasonable price too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This is the "oldest lecture hall" that's featured on some of the guided tour. It's good to invest in one good guided tour to learn the story behind this space that is shared by many famous scholars once.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We original paid to just enter the Divinity School, which at £1 Is well worth doing but there isn't that much to look out. We came back the next day to do the 30 minute guided tour of the library and could not recommend this any more. When you are first taken up to the library it took my breath... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

My wife and I loved this place. The location is great as it's near the university and Radcliffe Camera and the feeling you get from walking within it's walls is amazing, the hundreds of years of heritage really comes through. Would highly recommend this place. Strange when I hadn't short listed this as a visit when initially working out where... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is a complex of buildings, including the famous Redcliffe Camera. For visitors, walking around the buildings and enjoying their architecture and histories will inspire them. But for users, this is just too inconvenient as a library. That's the price I gladly pay to enjoy these gorgeous facilities. (Yes, there are modern facilities as well). For visitors, entry is limited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

A very informtive tour of Divinity school and the medieval library from our Finnish guide including Harry Potter references which kept my 11 year old daughter amused. She was also happy to answer any other questions. In addition I would highly recommend visiting the Weston library free 'Genius' exhibition of ancient books and manuscripts - including a 1623 first edition... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Wow, I did the Upper and Lower Reading Rooms tour and was amazed at the history this institution has experienced. There are stone and wood carvings everywhere which rival those anywhere in Europe. The history goes back to Medieval days and through the Kings and Queens and into stories of the student lives. Very interesting.

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