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Address: Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 287400
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Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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History of ideas, history of books

Famous landmark but holds an essential place in the history of world thought. The guide tour is super value. Even today the Bodleian receives 1 copy of every publication made in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Famous landmark but holds an essential place in the history of world thought. The guide tour is super value. Even today the Bodleian receives 1 copy of every publication made in the UK. Drips with history

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Magical. . . and not just because it was used as the setting of the infirmary for Hogwarts. I spent my tour going around a corner and then catch my breath and say, "Oh, my!!!" I have been in March during the US spring break and during the summer. Both times I needed to have reservations for a tour OR... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We arrived early in the morning to book tickets for a tour of this amazing library. There was no queue and thankfully we were able to get two spots on the next but one tour (roughly round 10.30am). There are no toilet facilities available for public use. You have to go across the road to Blacks book shop (right to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Went on 25th July to watch open air theatre at the Bodleian Library & WOW what a setting. Will come back to look around the library

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

If you never visit any other library in the world, visit the Bod. In particular, make sure you book in advance for the guided tour, which takes you all round the most interesting bits and gives you a proper taste of the wonders and history of this amazing place. Duke Humfrey's has to be my favourite room, but the Divinity... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Granted, I love books and libraries so being overcome at one of the oldest libraries in Europe isn't a stretch, but this is good for anyone. The architecture alone is stunning. The chained books are marvels. The history is remarkable and several scenes from Harry Potter movies were shot there - if a fan you will recognize some things. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This is the one place you cannot miss if you are here to truly understand Oxford's contributions to education for the last millennium. The Marks of Genius exhibition in the new Weston is the best museum exhibition I've ever seen in my life. It captures the very essence of Oxford and really should become a permanent exhibit for that very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Sadly, we were turned away from the old Bodleian as it was sold out for the day. But the ticket seller directed us to the New Bodleian collection in "the huge ugly building down the road". I was initially reluctant, but she persisted that it is an amazing collection of the most famous/impressive books and manuscripts beautifully presented and FREE... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

it is absolutely impossible to put in to words the breathtaking beauty of this buildings, the ceilings are beyond description and the history of the building itself is incredibly interesting. There is also a gift shop which I would recommend for interesting mementos and unusual gifts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A beautiful library, that is full of history. It's one of Britain's copy right libraries so owns a copy of every book ever published here, not that they're all on display to be seen. It's best to do the guided tour of the Bodleian to see as much as possible and learn about what you're looking at. There's also an... More 

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Address: Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 287400
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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