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“Beautiful building” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bodleian Library

Bodleian Library
Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
+44 1865 287400
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Ranked #7 of 95 Attractions in Oxford
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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“Beautiful building”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We took the one hour guided tour to allow us to see inside the library itself and it was well worth it. The architecture is stunning and to see the rows and rows of old books is an experience. It is a shame you can't have a bit more time or freedom to look around, but we understand why on both counts as it is a working library. Lots of information given - very interesting.

Visited February 2013
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“Great + the Camera!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Lucky us - the day we visited we couldn't go into one part as there was a function on so we got to go into the Camera - round reading library which is normally NO visitors!

Visited February 2013
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“Excellent tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

My wife and I had a superb tour of the Bodleian recently and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was wonderful to see all the old books and to hear about the history. Our guide had a wonderful way of engaging everyone and bringing the history to life.

Visited January 2013
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“Take a tour.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We had a standard one hour tour with an informative guide. The architecture is stunning and you can take photos outside even without paying. There was a free exhibition in the quad as well. Interesting but pricey gift shop.

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“Wonderful inside and out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

A must in Oxford, wonderful on the outside and beautiful on the inside. We didn't do a tour, but was still worth a visit.

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