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Address: Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 287400
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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shakespeare in the bodleian old school's quad

rare opportunity to catch the Globe theatre on tour performing in Oxford - a spectacular way to watch in the quad at the Bodleian Library - Two gentlemen of Verona , performances... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

rare opportunity to catch the Globe theatre on tour performing in Oxford - a spectacular way to watch in the quad at the Bodleian Library - Two gentlemen of Verona , performances until next weekend. This is part of Oxford Playhouse "plays out" Amazing vibe with a lot of music to back it up. However dress suitably AS THIS IS... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I took the extended tour and explored the reading rooms. Really informative tour and very cool experience. The architecture is beautiful! Worth the trip out from London for the day!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We took at 2-hour Oxford walking tour with a local who was very knowledgeable about lots of local history. The Bodlean Library was originally part of the Divinity School which we visited. Since it's got new sites and many themed collections, one would need days to explore. MAKE SURE that you book a specific library tour (sell out quickly in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A must-see, even if only to appreciate what it has taken to preserve most of the world's knowledge - the library receives and holds a copy of every book ever written. This includes Harry Potter in 40+ languages we were told. You don't get to see this, but just the small historic portion was enough to understand how important the... More 

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited the free Bodleian Treasures and Shakespeare's Dead exhibitions in the Weston Building. Cafe and toilets available.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Overwhelmed by this ongoing, relevant part of our heritage, my understanding is that every book published and most periodicals send a copy to the Bodeian for safe keeping

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I booked this tour online and the instructions said to meet at the ticket office. As the time for my tour was approaching I realised that I was in the wrong place and that everyone had gone inside so subsequently I was late! Interesting tour. Upstairs was very interesting. The tour guide had given us earphones to listen to her... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Informative and well-organised 60 minutes standard tour, although the guide made very clear she despised the Harry Potter books/films, which was the main reason for our visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Amazing building. We were on a tour so didn't get to go upstairs. Just saw the amazing downstairs room. Was just beautiful. All the crests on the ceiling represent all the families who funded the library's construction. Some parts of Harry Potter were filmed in here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stumbled across the Bodleian library on a day put in Oxford, I had planned to do it another day but stumbled across it and couldn't resist going in! Unfortunately all tours for the day had sold out but I looked around the outside and went into the divinity school it was beautiful and steeped in history! I will definitely... More 

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