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Bodleian Library

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
+44 1865 287400
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Ranked #7 of 100 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The tour itself is fine, the library is great. But our tour guide is not native English speaking, her accent is quite hard for us to understand. I think providing native English speaking tour guides should not be difficult for Oxford! Anyway if you are confident enough for your listening just go ahead, or ask beforehand whether the tour guide... More

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

If you love books and history - this is bibliophile heaven! Take a trip around the Bodleian Library, which covers The Divinity School, Duke Humfrey's Library and Convocation House. The short tour is approx 1.5hrs and well worth the ticket price (currently £7), but treat yourself and book on to the extended trip if you also want to take in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Unbelievable building, amazing atmosphere, take a tour with a guide to get the most out of it. A real cultural experience.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A beautiful set of buildings, we took the 1 hour tour (no 90 minutes tours on a Monday unfortunately) which led us through two stunning 'rooms' and one of the reading rooms. The tour guide was very knowledgable and personable, making the tour a joy. The only problem was that the tour ended and left us with a feeling of... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

the guide was very enthusiastic and the tour was good. However, he gave us more of a walking lecture than a guided tour - we didn't see inside any of the books in the library.

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Absolutely stunning. If you love books you really will not want to leave. The architecture is stunning. Book onto a guided tour, it's worth it. It will make you wish you could study at the university.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The Bodleian is stunning - However - no photos and the "tour that you have to go on (one hour in my case) is 55 minutes in lower rooms listening to a knowledgeable chat and 5 minutes seeing the Bodleian from basically just one view. So saD.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

I took the 1-hour tour (there is a 1/2 hour, 1 hour, and 1.5 hour tour). You get these little ear pieces to wear because at some points in the tour, the guide has to whisper (although mine never did). That was handy because sometimes on walking type tours, it can be hard to hear well if you're not standing... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Had a tour of the Bodleian and Divinity School with a charming and very informative guide, which made for a great trip.

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