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Address: Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 287400
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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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Take the guided tour! SO WORTH IT!

The guided tour of the Bodleian was by far my favorite experience during our entire trip to England. The guide was an expert, and they use a microphone system with personal... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The guided tour of the Bodleian was by far my favorite experience during our entire trip to England. The guide was an expert, and they use a microphone system with personal earphones since it is a library and you have to be quiet. This made for one of the best tours I've had as I could adjust volume and not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Took the 60min guided tour - booked in advance- and it was excellent. The guide was informative and the sights amazing. Not sure who this Harry Potter chap was that got a few mentions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

These a few layers to the Bodleian Library that you must uncover. First, book the guided tour and plan ahead - they sell out fast as they can only take a finite number of people into the library at any time. The history of the place is remarkable and important to book culture in general. Second, really relish in the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had a fantastic time on this tour last week. The building itself has so much history that is significant to the history of the UK that I had never learned about before, despite coming from the UK! Definitely a mist while in Oxford. The only sad thing was that there is no photography allowed upstairs in the library. Such... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An excellent tour guide let us in on the history of the very beginning of the modern library. You can really relive the wings of history here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We opted for the half-hour mini tour which was a great introduction to the Bodleian. Our guide was very engaging and eloquent as she told us the history and facts about the Divinity School and Duke Humfrey’s medieval library.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a great architecture, very nice building, absolutely loved it, I wished I could be there every day

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We only visit the outside of the library. I heard this building was in the movie of Harry Potter. It's very unique building. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is really important to book a tour. The standard tour is an hour and gives a great insight not just into the building, but also books and education in the middle ages. Well organised. The main area is free to wander around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Only had chance to do the short tour but the Divinity School was impressive and Duke Humfrey's medieval library just breathtaking.

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