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“A must see in Oxford” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bodleian Library

Bodleian Library
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Oxford University Walking Tour
Ranked #5 of 172 things to do in Oxford
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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.
Oxfordshire UK
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“A must see in Oxford”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

I take all my visitors as it is such an interesting building in a very interesting setting. Makes one realise the importance of the written word and how History shapes the future

Visited February 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour which was very good value with discount coupons available in the booklet you can pick up at the entrance. Our guide was very well informed and seemed to really enjoy sharing his knowledge with us. It's a pity that it only lasted an hour as there was only so much information that could be shared in that time. Also, was disappointed at not being able to take my camera inside the library but I understand why. I was staggered by the sheer volume of books held by the Bodleian in it's various sites. Recommend stopping by here early in the day to reserve your tour as I'm sure they fill up quickly.

Visited February 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Inspiring”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

Beautiful but if you try to skip the tour you miss all of the history and the context of the library in the life of the university.

Visited March 2013
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“A must for Oxford”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

well informed guide. Loved the ceiling and wowed by the books. Amazed to see books on a chain. Beautiful stained and painted glass

Visited February 2013
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“amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

incredible experience, worth making the effort to visit if you get chance. A unique experience in a unique part of this historic city.

Visited December 2012
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