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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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Gorgeous! Enjoyed the tour, but wish we had longer to explore!

We did the standard tour which started in the lovely Divinity School, and also went up to Duke Humfrey's library (you need to book a tour to see these parts of Bodleian Library... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did the standard tour which started in the lovely Divinity School, and also went up to Duke Humfrey's library (you need to book a tour to see these parts of Bodleian Library). The tour guide we had was really interesting, and she told us lots about the library. We could take photos in a few of the lower rooms,... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a vast improvement, the displays are beautifully presented and changed periodically. It is a little dark in there, but the aim is to preserve the items displayed. I marveled at the wonderful preservation queen Elkzabeth's 1 bible. It's red cover was intact and it was hard to believe how old it was, over 500 years. A very stimulating... More 

Thank Gillian W
Essex, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The new and free Bodleian building had a wonderful exhibit of rare and ancient manuscripts, well worth the time. And the cafe had excellent coffee and baked goods. The main library charges a rather hefty fee. Too bad, but understandable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Book lovers prepare to be emotional! This library is unbelievably beautiful but aesthetics aside, it is so full of history that you find yourself in awe not just of the ancient books. Our tour guide was amazing! She was intelligent, funny and so deeply respectful of the ethos of this place of learning. From the awe-inspiring Divinity School to the... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited the Bodleian for the annual of the Globe Theatre Company (organised by the Oxford Playhouse) for a Shakespeare play performance outdoors in the 'Quad at the Bod'....a wonderfully evocative location on a beautiful summer evening. Indoors pre-performance was equally rewarding. A real sense of history. Especially the simple chair made from the timbers of Sir Francis Drake's flagship, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for the 30mins tour and really loved it. The library itself was astonishing, really amazed, could be in there all day. But if you would really want to see the library, you must buy the ticket asap on that day because they all get sold out by lunchtime. On by joining the tour would allow you to see the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Bodleian consists of more than one building. The original library is ancient and fascinating. We did the small guided tour. You meet in the hall with an amazing gothic ceiling. After this you head up the stairs to the original library - chock full of magnificent old books. The library parts of Harry Potter were filmed here and students... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We opted for a short guided tour as we were there on a Sunday and most of the tours were completely sold out (so maybe plan ahead and avoid visiting on Sundays as very busy). Nonetheless we really enjoyed the trip. That place is simply magical and so loaded with history and knowledge that you can't possibly remain indifferent. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Impossible not to be awe of this library--most of the books are now miles away from Oxford and delivered to students for a period of time here--in the heart of all of Oxford's iconic buildings. If you are lucky you will catch a summer wedding on a Saturday. The book shop is lovely and worth a visit as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Positively do not buy your tickets at the box office. The box office sells on the actual day of your visit if there are any tickets remaining. However, you can reserve online well in advance. Frequently, the online sells out before you ever get to the box office. Also, Wednesdays and Saturdays you can book an extended visit that takes... More 

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