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“Married at the Bodleian Library (Divinity School)”
Review of Bodleian Library

Bodleian Library
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 21, 2012

We got married in the Bodleian Library, specifically in The Divinity School. It is a beautiful venue and the architecture, particularly the ceiling of the Divinity School is breathtaking. We are not religious, but still wanted a venue that felt really special.

The Bodleian is not really geared up for weddings as much as other venues. You do not have a Wedding Planner/Assistant to help you organise the wedding, so I would recommend only booking this venue if you are prepared to be very hands on. When you hire the venue you are literally hiring the space. We had to book our own chairs/tables separately. You have use of the dark wooden pews and one table for the registar if you wish. They have a PA system you can use, but it isn't the best and you'd probably be better hiring your own one - especially if you plan to play music through it. The accoustics of the room are fabulous though. Our Registrar said he didn't want a microphone, but on the day itself he spoke very quietly and the guests at the back had difficulty in hearing him, so I'd recommend using one. We did hire a harpist though and she didn't use a sound system and guests had no problems in hearing her.

On the day itself tourists were in the quadrangle (the space you walk through to get to the Divintiy School), so if you are looking for a private venue don't use this one! We found it quite entertaining that all of the foreign tourists wanted their pictures with us! We were followed quite a lot when we left the room and whilst we were getting married people were trying to peer through the windows. The Bodleian security staff did do their best to try to minimise this.

The pre-meet with the Registrar took place in the Bodleian staff's work room, so that was a little odd, but didn't detract from the day.

You're not allowed to throw confetti in the room or in the quadrangle, so you'll need to bear that in mind. Also, the sound level of music has to be quite low due to the nearby Sheldonian Theatre, particularly if there is a concert on, so I don't think it is a great reception venue - more the ceremony venue.

The venue is hired per the hour and you have to factor preping/cleaning up time, so it can be quite pricey. That said, it is an outstanding piece of history; the venue is absolutely stunning and we have some amazing photos. It certainly took our guests breath away and it felt very unique. For us, it was worth the price.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Started two weeks ago and have made use of the Gladstone Link and visited the Duke Humfrey's Library (the oldest reading room in the Bodleian Library and a reading room for Maps, Music and some manuscripts and pre-1701 Rare Books. Also - the filming location for the restricted section of Hogwarts Library in the Harry Potter films!)

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Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

Just part of the heart of Oxford! You won't get in but you can look from the outside! Beautiful to have in pictures and admire on a sunny day!

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

We visited the Bodleian Library with our three daughters and did the short tour. The tour was interesting and the building and Library itself was fantastic. A must for Harry Potter fans, as the Library has been used in a number of the films and a great way to get your children interested in some architecture, history and culture!

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Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

Today we visited the Bodleian library and once again took the one hour guided tour. Despite this being our third visit the tour guide had a number of new stories for us and we felt we still made new discoveries. A really interesting tour in a beautiful setting.

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