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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 2 days ago via mobile

We visited here on self guided tour. To be honest it was nice and great tv and movies had been filmed here. However the humfrey library wasn’t in the self guided tour which was disappointing so we missed out. But it’s lovely. They were showing...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Standing in the square, inside the Bodleian is mind blowing. I hadn’t realised the reaction I would have had. As a University of London graduate we were always joking about the students of Oxford, and Cambridge, being overprivileged. I could now see how lucky they...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were in the happy position to make a last minute booking for the Radcliffe Camera and Bodleian Library Tour. Only with this tour you receive entrance to the Radcliffe Camera! A must see in Oxford!

Thank Lars K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Historic library with lovely architecture and many interesting nooks and crannies. Exhibitions with various themes throughout the year.

Thank Fre B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Only parts of the Bod are open to the public. To visit all the rooms one needs a Readers Ticket given to students and researchers. However the Divinity School in the picture is open to visitors. A wonderful The Divinity School is a medieval building...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You have to take a tour if you want to see the Bodleian. Our tour guide was really good, we went to the divinity school which has a remarkable ceiling and the upstairs reading room. All the Harry Potter references were ticked, I hope the...More

Thank Cheryl K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second time visiting this place. They always have a special exhibit on display that is free (requires ticket at desk for time to enter) as well as additional historical exhibit. You don’t know what piece of history you will see. Educational and amazing.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in Oxford for a few weeks, initially took standard tour but decided I would like to see more of the old library than a distant view from the librarian's desk so booked into the extended tour a few weeks later. Very disappointed because...More

Thank Linda E
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the guided 30 minute (lasts a little longer than this). Fascinating place and history. A helpful & friendly guide took us around. (We're not Harry Potter fans but clearly a few people come here to see the film locations!). You leave your...More

Thank Stuart S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved learning about the history of this library and smelling that 'old book' smell you only get from being around books that are 500+ years old. Loved it! Wish we could take photos, though.

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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
16 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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