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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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Very old buildings and some used for bits in the Harry Potter fits, bit with a interesting and indeed intricate history. And now of course facing problems because so many books are published and there is such high demand. But it seems to be in...More

Thank Jim M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

So impressive to be in this historic building and hear how it came into being and has developed over the years. The guides were very knowledgeable. We then went over to the new museum (I can't remember they call it) to see the display items.

Thank Carole W
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We only had time for a brief look inside, but it's so beautiful and different - it's worth a look and there's an inexpensive ticket for that. You don't need to do a full tour if you don't have time, but I would guess you...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I did the standard tour and the guide really knew her stuff. It was very in depth and interesting to see the library itself as well as the convocation room (like a mini houses of parliament), court room and the duke of Humphrey's library. I...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lucky enough to attend a lecture here on botanical art history. Enjoyed visiting one of the frequent temporary exhibits after the lecture which was also excellent. This also contains my favourite gift shop in Oxford selling very unique and tasteful items to commemorate your visit.

Thank Nancy-Marie-Rivard
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As you climb the stairs to the original and very old library the smell of the leather and books hits you. I loved it. The tour was very good and informative. I would recommend. Worth the cost.

Thank Laxmom3kids
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a very interesting hour learning the history of the Bodlean and what makes in unique among the great libraries of the world. Wish we had had more time to explore.

Thank Travel3717
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best building of the oxford university college i strongly advise a stop here to see this marvelous building!

Thank Timothe002
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is another place I have read about for year and I was so excited to visit this hallowed building. It was everything I'd hoped it could be. The people who have walked through the halls of the library is staggering. Every turn on the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful architecture downstairs in the old Divinity School Building, library above with collections of books several hundred years old, but still a working library. You can't check them out, but students and faculty can use these old resources on site. Two Harry Potter sites in...More

Thank Hurley S
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Nate P
21 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
5 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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