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“Fascinating that it has been a repository of knowledge for so long.”
Review of Bodleian Library

Bodleian Library
Ranked #9 of 191 things to do in Oxford
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

They had sold out of the standard tour. So I went on the half hour short tour. There was plenty of time to look around the School of Divinity before and after the tour. The tour itself around the library was very good. Probably just as well that you were not able to go through any of the books, I could have spent all day in there! Extremely good value for just half an hour.

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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Booked the extended tour, it was a real insight. Naiomi is a gem of a guide, very much enjoyable and what a fantastic place to spend a couple of hours. Go! You won't regret it.

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Reviewed 26 June 2018

We all know they have a great collection, but you can't really see much on the tour...staff seem to tolerate your tourist ($) presence

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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

One of the coolest things about the bodleian library is the entrance hall where you hear some of the stories about how students would defend their works for hours at a time.

The library itself is small once you go upstairs, but there's a ridiculous amount of history inside. I honestly wouldn't pay for another tour, and wouldn't have done it had I known how much we actually get to see.

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Reviewed 23 June 2018 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 the JRR Tolkien exhibition in the western library. It’s a great! Defo a must if you are in town. However they have slots but it was so packed I couldn’t spend time and take everything in. That was frustrating. But a great see.

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