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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We booked the library tour. Only short but informative and well worth doing. We went on a quiet day and had to book and go back later so probably best to book ahead

Thank Helen G
Reviewed yesterday

In Oxford, there are number of libraries under the name of this. Many of them are open for 24 hours and entry is with Bodleian library card. Visitors can see it during day time. Tours are available at a price. Many events are held here...More

Thank ranjanapathak
Reviewed 2 days ago

This University of Oxford library originates from the 14th C. but was officially established in 1602 and is located in the historical center of Oxford. It's the 2nd largest library in the UK w/ 12 million items and consists of five buildings with the Duke...More

Thank T-Bird1974
Reviewed 3 days ago

The actual library is only accessible if you take the extended Bodleian Library tour. But for a few pounds you can get into the Divinity School which was the inspiration for the Harry Potter Infirmary! There are many different types of tours available, but sadly...More

1  Thank TXMARTINS
Reviewed 4 days ago

I could have sat in the hall of divinity for hours staring at the ceiling. I loved that they limited the number of people in there so there was still a sense of peace about the place even though there people about. I didn't get...More

1  Thank AUChrissie
Reviewed 5 days ago

There are a number of tours available in Oxford but the ones run by the Bodleian are particularly recommended. We took the 1 hour tour and booked on line to avoid the queue. Our guide was informative and responsive to questions. You get to see...More

Thank randn94
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had very limited time when we were there so we only had time to go in the Bodleian Library. If we went back, I would plan to start earlier.

Thank dmurmylo
Reviewed 6 days ago

We didn't have time to take the tour led by a guide, but were glad we spent the 45 minutes on the audio tour. You only go to one of the interior spaces, but the information was worth it!

Thank boast44
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the main event when visiting oxford university. Very nice architecturaly designed library. We were amazed at the sight. A really must see.

Thank DokGrey
Reviewed 1 week ago

We paid to go round the Bodleian when we had friends over and the weather was so wet, but we were really glad we did! It takes you into the beating heart of the university - its historic library and reading rooms. You see the...More

1  Thank Martin G
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Nate P
Is the Extended Tour - Upstairs, Downstairs given in off peak months (November)?
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
Are any of the antiquarian books or manuscripts on display and, if so, on which tour can these be seen?
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
The website doesn't give any disclosures about taking pictures. Are pictures allowed at Divinity school? Some reviewers mentioned it isn't allowed in the Humfrey's library.
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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