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Address: Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 287400
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Description: The Bodleian Library is a working library which forms part of the...
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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Books! Architecture!

As someone who has worked in public libraries for the past 14 years, the Bodleian was by far the highlight of my trip. We booked the 1.5 hour tour and our guide was extremely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Kingston, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

As someone who has worked in public libraries for the past 14 years, the Bodleian was by far the highlight of my trip. We booked the 1.5 hour tour and our guide was extremely knowledgable and entertaining. It is a beautiful building with history oozing from every corner (as well as its role in the Harry Potter films). No photos... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We pre-booked a one hour guided tour of the library on-line for our group of six culture vultures. Our volunteer guide was very informative and took things at a leisurely pace whilst giving plenty of information about the history and the architecture. He pointed out a lot of details which we would have missed had we been on our own.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A visit to Oxford is challenging -- so much to see and do. This is lovely and interesting. Short tour option works. No photos, so just look and listen. Soak up the history, the architecture, old books, achievements, ... Gift shop is worth visiting too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Not enough time at hand to do the full tour, so I took the half hour option. it was worth doing. The guide, Naomi, gave us a brief history of the building, which was the first room built as a school and then library, while we sat in that room. The architecture, carvings, etc are amazing. We were then taken... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

After a major refit, the Bodleian Library has opened some new public exhibition rooms and lecture theatre. Your first impression is the open, airy atrium with reading galleries visible above you. There is a small café and a gift shop here too. But the real treasures are in the opposite the Broad Street entrance in the exhibition rooms and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful old building and the guided tour is very interesting and informative. Amazing architecture and the books are worth going to see alone. History of the man who started the library is very interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is a quick museum to visit. If you are a book lover take it in. Very interesting to see the history of books and libraries.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The Bodleian is like thought provoking as other libraries with such a history of the world the items on show are fabulous

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I only took the half tour of the library and wish now I had taken the longer tour. It was great; however, quite a bit of it is taken up putting away bags, cameras, etc., as none are allowed on the tour. Don't worry, they are locked away safely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

One of the most historical and important places in Britain, so many famous people have walked through here, worth doing a tour of here

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