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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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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

only those attending the University may enter. Not too fascinating standing outside hearing about who used to study here. Even those allowed to enter May not check out any books. All books must be used inside the library

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Our extended tour was led by an amusing and knowledgable guide, and was one of the highlights of our weekend in Oxford. Highly recommended if you enjoy the sight and smell of old books, want to hear about the history of the University and enjoy the beautiful architectural setting. It feels like a 'behind the scenes' glimpse of this exclusive... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Very impressive place. I took the extended tour of 90 minutes as it was the only way I could see the library.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Took the extended tour, which goes for 90 minutes (but is so interesting feels like much less). Definitely worth it! The tour guide is extremely knowledgeable about the library and the tour includes parts of the library that one would never have an opportunity to visit otherwise.

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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We have bought the extended tour of Bodleian and Radcliffe Camera and we were not disappointed. We bought the tour through the library and the guide was just exceptional. The tour was even better as there were only 5 people there (tour it is limited to 12). If you buy extended tour, you will get chance to see the Radliffe... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Yes, when books were very rare and expensive goods, they were chained to the bookshelfs where they stood so they could not disappear ... Only to be seen if you take a guided tour. Recommended! For people who don't have english as native language it is great to listen to the guides well pronounced explanations and become astonished, what a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I really enjoyed this one hour guided tour at the Bodleian Library. It was £7 and definitely worth every penny. Our tour guide, a lovely lady, told us how she hadn't done any tours for 6 months, but she was brilliant, and knew about so many thing. I can strongly recommend this 1 hour guided tour. It's a must when... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This was an enjoyable and informative conducted tour. We booked on the 1 hour tour and wished the longer tour had been available at that time. The guide was informed (delivery and for questions) and it is a fascinating insight into the original libraries. They ask you to keep the sound down as it is a working library (they use... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I've actually visited this amazing place on a number of occasions ... and each time I go in, I feel my IQ going up a few points! I love the sense of knowledge being protected and preserved here, and even the fact one is not free to roam inside at will. A very special place. Indeed, facilities are scant, but... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A great place to visit and reasonably priced. Very historic and amazing architecture. You get a guided tour and you get into the entrance hall to the library. History surrounds you. Excellent tour guide also who was practical and friendly.

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