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Bodleian Library

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
+44 1865 287400
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Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick...
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Ranked #7 of 105 Attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Cultural
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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.
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

It's a great library and what better library to be in where even Oliver Cromwell wasn't allowed to take the books away. The only thing I didn't like is that you have to wait for the guided tour to start if you want to look at the library. You should be allowed to tour a little bit on your own... More

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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Great value tour and a must-see for all Harry Potter fans. Alas there were no flying books whilst we were there! Many thanks to tour guide Ann :)

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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

Please take this tour! Just from the outside courtyard and the pieces from the library on exhibition in the lobby is enough to take anyone's breath away, but the inside tour is incredible! The tour starts in the Divinity School (the backdrop used for the Infirmary from Harry Potter), then to the old Boldleian Library (which unfortunately you can't take... More

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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This library is beautiful. The architecture is impressive. The courtyard in the middle was great to reflect on the amazing minds who were taught at Oxford. There was also a nice and free exhibit from the collection. The kids liked it because the manuscripts looked like they can from Harry Potter.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Although I have lived in Oxford for years and even read in the Bodleian library, I found this tour fascinating for the behind the scenes access to the oldest parts of the library some of which are unexpectedly plain while others are highly decorative.The guide was outstanding - and unhurried - in his commentary on the development of the library... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Loved every minute of this tour and tour guide was brilliant - would definitely go again. The amount of books, papers, manuscripts the Bodleian has is mind boggling!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A really nice and interesting tour guide and was generally a highly informative excursion. I would recommend the tour if you have any interest in Oxford Uni history. You see things you could never visit unless you do the tour and the Bodleian is absolutely beautiful!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We went on the extended tour (upstairs/downstairs at the Bodelian Library). The Divinity School, original Bodelian Library, and the quad were fantastic parts of the tour and are included in the standard tour package. The additional components included the Radcliffe Camera and the tunnel connecting the Camera to the original library. These additional components were far more modern, and were... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We took the extended Saturday morning tour with a great guide by the name of Marjorie. We went through many sections of the library and got to handle a 17th century book. The rooms are beautiful and various scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed here. They have a lot of security at the Bodleian since many of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

What's not to love about the Bodleian Library? Fabulous architecture of great historic value! Wonderful holdings! While there as only a visitor, I loved the WW ! exhibit of letters by soldiers. Lovely gift shop that supports the library.

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