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Address: Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 287400
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

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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We were only in Oxford for the day, but had to try and see the Bodleian, it was definitely on the must do list. We booked the short tour as we didn't have a lot of time. Lucy... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I took a standard tour. Stories that our guide told us very interesting enough to a foreigner, too, but we were not able to see very much.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were only in Oxford for the day, but had to try and see the Bodleian, it was definitely on the must do list. We booked the short tour as we didn't have a lot of time. Lucy was our guide and what a joy she is. She gave us an outstanding tour of the library and made it all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There are different ways of exploring the Bodleian Library but the best is the Extended Tour which includes the 15th-century Divinity School, the Chancellors Court and the Medieval Library. You could also visit the Upper Reading Room and Radcliffe Camera which is truly amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had 4 days in Oxford & did a guided tour of the Bodlain library on our last morning - definitely the highlight of the visit (competing with Ashmolean, Natural Hiatory Museeum & Pitt Rivers Museeum). We had a delightful guide Patricia who had so much to tell us in an hour we very nearly missed seeing the Radcliffe camera.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Bodleian is in a sense the academic heart of Oxford. Why, because its all about documenting learning, culture and the arts: from wonderful music collections to almost every book published in the UK for hundreds of years. Its magnificent buildings also trace the history of the Town and country and the latest addition (the Weston Library) is welcoming and... More 

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Loved this building, would have liked to have seen more, but due to time we only managed to get tickets for the half hour tour. The guide was great and very knowledgeable. It's a shame you cannot get to touch the books unless you are a student, and it would have been good to explore further into the library. Photos... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been here several times, always piggybacking on the back of other tour groups and overhearing the facts from there, however I would very much recommend taking a tour yourself. You learn so much more about the university, alum and patrons, it's so steeped in history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Much of Oxford is a living museum. One of the perils of living in a museum is that you begin to despise the ignorant hordes who come to stare at the objects in it. The Bodlian Library is one such object, and the woman at the ticket counter gave the impression of being suitably contemptuous of the passing parade of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a huge bibliophile so I really enjoyed visiting the Bodleian, but the part I loved the most was the gift shop which has so many things a book lover would love to have! It was overwhelming.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the visit through a guided tour (I think this is the only way to visit....). The picture that is depicted is actually the entrance hall which used to be a collega hall. From that you enter the 'real' library which takes you back to the beginnings of this library.

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