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Address: Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 287400
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Really interesting tour

We did the 30 minute tours their was filming gong on in the Divinity college but it was very good. Our guide really knew her stuff and held our attention. Definitely recommend and... read more

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We did the 30 minute tours their was filming gong on in the Divinity college but it was very good. Our guide really knew her stuff and held our attention. Definitely recommend and go back another time for the full tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Unfortunately only had a quick Squizz at the inside. Had a good long walk around the outside. Beautiful well maintained building

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the oldest libraries in the world, and holds the best collection in the country. Bodleian Library has its rich history not only in printed form but also it's architecture itself. It is a must for visit when you are in Oxford after Christ Church College.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're planning to visit Oxford make sure the Bodleian library is at the top of your list! And make sure to take the tour (there is a one hour tour several times a day). You can book online or go early and ask for the tour. The library is beautiful and they take you to the oldest part. Unfortunately... More 

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a truly awesome place to visit you feel you must come out more intelligent than when you went in as so many clever people have been there before you!

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We weren't sure if we should spend the time and money on a tour of the Library, but we were so glad we did. It was stunning and the books were amazing to see. It definitely puts current academic life into perspective when you think about the challenges present for scholars at Oxford hundreds of years ago.

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Haifa, Israel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went to the Bodleian with kids, and due to their age couldn't take any of the tours except for going into the Divinity School hall. That cost us 5 GBP for the 5 of us, and although the hall is impressive and nice, other than sitting there for a couple of minutes and looking around, there was nothing much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in Oxford, do not miss visiting the Old Bodleian Library You can only visit the Old Bodleian on a tour (unless you are a Reader). Some tours are more in depth than others and they also differ in content depending on the guide. Well worth going, and well worth repeating. All tours include the Divinity School, which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the extended tour around this amazing place. They have a long history and you can see a lot of that in the library and its surroundings

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the top attraction in Oxford. I already visited it a couple of years ago and the complete tour is fantastic, really a deep dive i to the past. I returned with friends, but we forgot to make a reservation for the visit and it was annoying as no tickets were anymore available. So go to the... More 

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