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Bodleian Library

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
+44 1865 287400
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Ranked #7 of 103 Attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful and very historic building, our guide was very knowledgeable and allowed us time to absorb the beauty of the place. An amazing collection of all books ever published and it was awesome sitting in areas that were made famous in the Harry Potter series. There were also magnificence historic items.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Incredible history and record of all books ever published in UK since records began..beautiful well restored areas ..we took a tour which was great..

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

if this tour doesn't blow your socks off you are either heartless, souless or just plain ignorant. this is a truly magnificent place that reeks history. very impressive.

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Kingswinford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

First time visit to this impressive building and like the Ashmolean this is definatly and place to come and visit when coming to Oxford. On a very busy day we didnt manage to get to see all of the delights that the Bodleian Library has to offer, but we managed to see the exhibition of "The Great War: Personal Stories... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We had been looking forward to seeing the Bodleian ever since we booked our extension tour to Oxford. I was concerned that the place might not live up to our sky-high expectations, but those fears quickly evaporated when we got there. I especially liked the Divinity School ceiling, which is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful vaulted ceilings I’ve ever... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This is an awesome building for a retired librarian to visit. How beautiful it is! I just wish they'd let me loose alone in the stacks but we couldn't go in there at all. Also no photography.

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Pune
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The Bodleian Library needs no introduction and its repository of books going down the centuries makes it an unchallenged academic institution. The efficiently organized guided tours of the library takes one into the Divinity School and the Duke Humphreys section which are both sights to cherish. A well stocked Shop provides enough souvenirs to remember the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This is such an iconic building that it's a must-see. You can't go inside but there are plenty of photo opportunities and it has a gift shop that's well worth visiting.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

If there is a jewel in the historic crown of Oxford then the Bodleian Library is it. The building itself is magnificent and the historical facts and figures delivered by the very well informed and erudite guide were fascinating. The library still gets a copy of every publication in the UK as it has from its inception. Book up for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

What could be better for a wedding. Book well in advance! Stunning! Thank you! (But do think about the logistics)

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