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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
+44 1865 287400
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Reviewed 2 days ago

passionate or not about Harry Potter, this iconic hall is something you don't want to miss out. Before heading to it, check if it is graduation ceremony day: the access will be denied for most of the day.

Thank aragon61
Reviewed 4 days ago

It's a huge library the largest in Europe, and the second largest in Britain, they have different exhibition on to see

Thank shorthaul2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is so old and well maintained. There are also lots to see and do in this area . It was nice just to sit and admire the buildings

Thank marcuscoco1212
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went on a Sunday, so they only had the brief tour available. Luckily the divinity school was open and free to the public, so I was able to see that and Duke Humphrey's. I've see photos of Duke Humphrey's, but when I walked around...More

1  Thank plushkanyc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Bodleian Library as part of our city tour and it was wonderful to be inside such a beautiful building. The ceiling is stunning.

Thank David C
Reviewed 1 week ago

1 hr talk & guide. Extremely informative & friendly . 13 in our group. Best £8 we have ever spent. We wish we had done the 90 minute tour but we were pushed for time.

Thank Beverley T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

History, learning, culture and endeavour flow from every corner of this institution. Worth a quick visit (to see the buildings) or a longer visit (to absorb the history)

Thank ToucheTurtles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I experienced some difficulty with trying to book in advance on their website using my phone as a result I arrived in Oxford in the height of the tourist season hoping to buy tickets at the box office. Lines for tickets were very long and...More

1  Thank Happy_travellersHS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a last minute tour we booked and became a highlight of our Vacation. The tour was just a hour and and had just the right amount of Imformation and for our teenagers , the Harry Potter References were just what they needed for...More

Thank lattahouse
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The library is extensive and interesting. The cafe served great coffee with great selection of cakes etc. Peaceful retreat.

Thank ozrick33Sydney
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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.
6 June 2016|
Response from David W |
There are exhibitions of Bodleian treasures in the Weston Library.
16 March 2016|
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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