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Completed in 1737, this domed classical building forms the hub of architectural Oxford, and is considered one of England's earliest examples of a round library.
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Radcliffe Square, Oxford OX1 4AJ, England
+44 1865 287400
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 12 November 2015

The Radcliffe Camera. No, it isn't a camera belonging to Radcliffe. It's a library facility that's part of the Bodleian Libraries, with Camera here meaning "room" in Latin. I did had the confusion while looking at this thing and for awhile my impression was that...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 25 July 2012

This is part of the Bodleian library so you can't just walk in unless you're a member. It's surrounded by lovely old college buildings, though, and is a dramatic sight , especially when it's lit up at night. Next door is the University Church, St...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This still-used building certainly stands out as you walk up to it. Quite stunning, actually. And interesting to learn about how it is used. Not to be missed, but not that much time needed here since there are so many other unique sights to see...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building is fascinating. It's shape and explanation of the name are interesting and it is worth getting a pass to go inside this working library. It has a genuine feel and has been modernised without encroaching on its original feel.

Thank Jane F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a stunning building! It's a shame we weren't allowed inside but we did get lots of photos. The gardens were pretty too.

Thank Vivien W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This building was one of my favourite in Oxford and is one of the most photographed ones for a reason. The circular architecture makes for a great photo and the building is a real hot spot for tourists for that reason so be wary! The...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Per our tour guide, this is the most photographed building on the Oxford campus and I completely understand why. This building is utterly unique and just plain gorgeous. Sadly you need to have an appointment and reason to enter this research library. But I can...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2018

We only visited Radcliffe as a part of the Bodleian Library Tour we were doing. However, it's an amazing building structurally, and the cobble roads either side are well worth a walk.

Thank Sketchitt
Reviewed 30 September 2018

This is one of my very favorite buildings in Oxford.....beautiful!!!! Right off the main streets near shopping and food - worth swinging by!

Thank joco1132
Reviewed 26 September 2018

We visited this building as part of a tour of the Bodleian Libraries. What a treat to see inside and out. Don't miss it!

Thank Joe W
Reviewed 13 September 2018

What a fascinating place. From the square you certainly understand why Oxford is the city with dreaming spires. The road is cobbles though so a bit uneven and awkward to walk on.

Thank Tony B
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Lovely buildning and iconic to Oxford but it's crowded with lots of tourists. Better snap that photo and move somewhere else, although Oxford is generally quite crowded with tourists.

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