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Bodleian Library

Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
+44 1865 287400
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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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Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I went to Oxford on purpose to visit the library. I'm not a Harry Potter fan, I am books' fan and love history. I must admit I was moved to tears on entering the place. Our guide didn't just tell us about the library: she...More

Thank Agnieszka P
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

One of the highlights of a beautiful town full of highlights. Amazing architecture, history, and collection. Our docent, Naomi, was outstanding and herself a treasure worthy of the finest library in the world.

Thank Robert M
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Make the time to explore this classic location and take in some stunning architecture. Wander and wonder.

Thank Matthew F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took this tour just so that we could see the wonderful Duke Humfrey’s library . It was well worth it for that alone , but the guide was brilliant: informative, self deprecating and funny, with a bit of a Harry Potter obsession.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn’t have long enough to wait for a guided tour but we did do an audio tour which took us around the buildings and into the Divinity Room. It was very informative and I’d go back and do the guided tour when we have...More

Thank Richard F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour guide, Jean(?) was very knowledgeable and gave us a nice little historical summary of the Universities beginnings and some of its inner workings. Luckily for us it was made clear from the very beginning that this is a working library, and when you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in Oxford and had booked online a standard tour for the library. Our two main reasons we wanted to take the tour was to see the film sites for Harry Potter and to see Shakespeare's first folio. We were disappointed to learn that...More

Thank Kelly V
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You can only visit on a 30 minute tour but the guide we had was really engaging, and of course you learn more when you're with someone who knows the history! It's a fascinating glimpse at the history of this 600 year old library. Slightly...More

Thank Lisa B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First time we turned up it was closed for an event. Fair enough but when we asked about opening times for the following day the staff on the desk could not have been more offputting and gave us one or two word answers in an...More

Thank Karen M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The guided tour was fascinating and held our interest throughout. You really get a feel for the past with the beautiful rooms and the wonderful old books, shelves and furniture. Very atmospheric. It is lovely to think that scholars past utilised this facility as well...More

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Nate P
22 August 2016|
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Response from Hlamme | Reviewed this property |
I think it's open every day except Christmas. A lot of filming and other events go on there though, so ot's probably best to ring them and check.
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erkcpa
6 June 2016|
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Response from David W |
There are exhibitions of Bodleian treasures in the Weston Library.
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melancia2014
15 March 2016|
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Response from NL_Frank |
In Divinity School (hospital in Harry Potter 1 and 2) making pictures is allowed. No pictures are allowed to be taken in the library.
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