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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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Gunnislake
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85 reviews 85 reviews
31 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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Cardiff by the Sea, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

I have researched in Duke Humfreys and wanted to show my friends what the Bodleian was like. We had a 1-hour informative tour of the Divinity School, Convocation Room and the Arts End of Duke Humpfry's. It was well worth the time.

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Sydney
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is a must see in Oxford. I did the half hour tour which took in The Divinity School and Duke Humfreys Library but wished I had been able to take a longer tour. The tours sell out so book as early as possible. Our guide Naomi crammed in a lot of information into the half hour - she was... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

You have to see it. Beautiful building. Just beautiful. The gardens and the cobbled streets around it also add to the feel. Visit on a sunny day and wander for hours.

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East Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Ran out of time so just visited the great Hall were Harry Potter was filmed. The tours are an hour in the mornings and half an hour in the afternoons. Will visit again for a proper look.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We opted for the one-hour tour, which was given by an ex-Librarian who was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

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Trewern, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We did a guided tour for £7.00 each the guide was brilliant and his knowledge was fantastic well worth every penny and more.then we went into the Bodleian gift shop the best attraction gift shop we have ever been in well laid out and fantastic gifts a must vist when in oxford

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Lancs, England
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Went with my daughter who is a student there. It was a very informative tour, not only about the rooms we were in, but also the history and founding of the University, the politics and relations between the University and the city. The benefactors of the library were also discussed Humorous anecdotes about previous visitors incl Bill Clinton were a... More

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