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Bodleian Library

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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...more
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Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was a birthday trip to see the Bodleian library. I had always wanted to see it as it has been used for many films. I was fascinated buy it architecture and history of the library. If you are ever visiting Oxford I highly recommend...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ian F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very informative tour. On the 30 min version your only shown a limited amount of the library and might be left wanting to see a little more. Lots of history and some interesting stories, but over quite quickly.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ReadingTrips
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wanted to get lost in its collected. Wanted to know more of the History. Wanted to explore, explore and explore. Am in awe. Wheelchair accessible with help.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RetiredWazza
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can only see the Divinity School/hall by paying a fee; you can either join a small tour for a small fee, OR, if the Divinity School is all you'd like to see (or have time for), then you can enter by paying £1. While...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Joyce_7t
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth getting a 1-pound entry ticket if you either can't afford the full trip or are simply running out of time in Oxford. The library is absolutely stunning and if you are a fan of Harry Potter, you will definitely recognize the hall :) :)

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank adamskax
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the 1-hour tour on a Sunday (when Duke Humphrey's Library is fully accessible) and much enjoyed both seeing the building and hearing about its history from our knowledgeable guide. There's less atmosphere in the Divinity School but much to notice when it's pointed...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jim B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We pre-booked directly with the Bodlian a 30 minute tour at the end of the day. It only cost around £6 per person which I thought was very reasonable. We were shown around this stunning architectural and historical treasure and informed of the colourful history...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank surfnirvana
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit and worth paying the £1 to get in to the Divinity School as well, (particularly if you’re a Harry Potter fan!) a stunning place.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank alexandrakategarland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is simply magic, it's a gem of Oxford and it's a pity you can access just if you join a tour.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Maria Teresa G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Bodleian Library on a Saturday afternoon just before closing time it is only £1 to get in and is well worth it.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Nate P
August 21, 2016|
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Response from Hlamme | Reviewed this property |
I think it's open every day except Christmas. A lot of filming and other events go on there though, so ot's probably best to ring them and check.
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erkcpa
June 5, 2016|
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There are exhibitions of Bodleian treasures in the Weston Library.
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melancia2014
March 15, 2016|
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In Divinity School (hospital in Harry Potter 1 and 2) making pictures is allowed. No pictures are allowed to be taken in the library.
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Vera
Few hours in Oxford (1 Replies)
Hi, I'll be reaching Oxford around 1130 and planning to leave at 1730 (heading to Salisbury for a night). Will it be enough time to visit Christ Church College and Bodleian library? And with lunch in between? Can I still add other place? Thank You.
September 07, 2018|
octopusmum
Singapore
Self drive trip in December (20 Replies)
HI all am considering a self drive trip this Dec for abt 16 days with my family of 5 (3 teens inclusive). read that December is not a good time to do a self drive trip in the UK due to bad weather and short daylight..however, december is the only time we can go on long holidays abroad and i definitely prefer to self drive for better control and more flexibility, plus it may be more costly to travel by train since there are 5 of us... nothing is booked yet but i have come up with the...More
February 26, 2016|
Response fromfuchsia2014|
I will pick one day out of this, Day 9, tour Anfield, tour the Lake district and drive to Edinburgh. I cant think what to say without being though rude. It will nice when it is over is the best I can come up with.But hours looking at tarmac through a wet windscreen is not my idea of a holiday.
Deborah L
Santa Clarita, California
Lunch for a large group near Bodleian (7 Replies)
Hi- This April I will be bringing a group of 35 high school students, teachers and parents to tour Bodleian Library- I am certain that after looking at all those beautiful books they will have worked up an appetite! Any suggestions for a suitable, not too expensive place, to get this group a bite of lunch? Thanks!
January 31, 2014|
Response fromPoolLounger|
I suggest that you take them to the covered market where there are a number of cafes and sandwich places and let them choose where they want to eat. That way they will be (a) under-cover (b) able to choose what they want (c) not be likely to swamp one single establishment and (d) have an easy rendezvous point. If the parents want a sit-down restaurant there is a nice Pizza Express in Golden Cross which is attached to the Covered Market by a small passage or, if they want something fancier...More