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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 #8 of 95 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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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Tours not always open to the public, but if you are quiet, you can walk around the cloister area & get a peek inside. there is also a nice gift shop with sells nice replicas or items w/ motifs of Bodleian manuscripts, books, etc.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Wonderful knowledgeable tour guide who enthusiastically gave his time showing us the buildings and explaining their history and how Oxford came to be. Thoroughly enjoyed it and can highly recommend taking the tour

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Jerusalem, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Hey its a library, but they don't even let you touch the books. If you really don't have anything better to do (the ashmolean is for free) or you are a dyed in the wool Harry Potter fan, it might be worth the fee, and the wait for the guided tour. I wouldn't do it again.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I'm a bit underwhelmed really, I'm not sure what to say. It's a beautiful building and the staff sure are eager to shush you up if you're making noise, which I thought was quite harsh on another family who had an upset baby. But it's just a quadrangle. With buildings with nice ceilings around it.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

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

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

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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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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