Radcliffe Camera
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Radcliffe Camera

Radcliffe Camera
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This distinctive circular building is a beautiful piece of classical architecture and one of Oxford’s most iconic sights. Built independently of the Bodleian, it’s named after the royal physician, John Radcliffe who had left money in his will to purchase land, build a library, purchase books, and pay a full-time librarian. The camera, simply meaning ‘room’, was built 1737 – 1749 and designed by the leading architect James Gibbs. With its growing collections, the Bodleian took over the Radcliffe Camera in 1860 to expand its book storage facilities.
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,946 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Although not open to the public the architecture of the Radcliffe Camera , built between 1737 and 1749 is interesting and worth a visit. It was originally the Radcliffe Science Library but now provides additional reading room for the Bodlian.
Written 21 January 2024
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reeceyb
Chichester, UK1,699 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was amazing to see inside this incredible building it truly is and incredible piece of architecture and still is a working library
Written 17 October 2023
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Stefan Overton
Colchester, UK229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Stunning Architecture.

This is the centre of the area it is in and a beautiful stop for pictures, especially graduation photos for a backdrop.

I believe it’s now used as a library.

Definitely worth a visit when exploring Oxford.
Written 10 September 2023
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lamarbradley
Nashville, TN1,258 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We saw this from the outside on our walking tour in Oxford. i wish we had time to go inside, but time did not allow. Remarkably interesting architecture.
Written 18 July 2023
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nowpacking
Dallas, TX3,233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Such a stunning piece of architecture! Couldn’t stop myself from coming by multiple times to photograph it at different times of day.
The Vault Cafe opposite has yummy treats, hot chocolate and coffee.
Written 17 July 2023
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Jac D
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Beautiful building. You cannot go inside as it's a working library but a perfect backdrop for the iconic Oxford photo.
Written 21 June 2023
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Rob121618
West Malling, UK518 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Although you can't go inside, it is an Oxford landmark so well worth visiting. Situated in the heart of the city it's a very impressive building.
Written 12 June 2023
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Christine K
Barnsley, UK1,084 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This was originally a memorial to John Radcliffe but is now part of the Bodleian libraries. It is possible to go inside and well worth a visit if you are in Oxford
Written 5 June 2023
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TWMIM
Horsham, UK598 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
This nearly 300-years old building is one of the most impressive sights in the city.
Although the interior isn’t open to the public it’s well worth taking a look from the outside.
It couldn’t be more central in Oxford, close by the University Church of St Mary, the Bodleian Library (of which it’s now a constituent part), the Sheldonian Theatre, the Bridge of Sighs and many ancient colleges.
Like most other visitors to Oxford I could only walk around this historic structure and admire its exterior beauty.
Written 22 April 2023
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Edward
Santa Rosa, CA2,484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Although the Radcliffe Camera, a part of the Bodleian Library, is not open to the general public, its exterior is its most famous aspect. It is in the middle of Radcliffe Square, a stunning setting, so one may walk all around it. It and the square are also very well known from its frequent appearance in the Morse-Lewis-Endeavour shows.
Written 17 April 2023
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