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Bodleian Library

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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...more
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Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
+44 1865 287400
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was at the library on September 11 and they had an excellent free exhibition about Tolkien: Maker of the Middle-earth. Was very informative and full of unseen artworks, display of his paintings, drawings and illustrations. It was wonderful. I hope I can have a...More

Thank Laura K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I have visited before and thoroughly enjoyed viewing the Bodleian again. The issue was they had a guide from the Far East and her accent was too strong for most people to understand.

Thank AlWhite123
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing place, a guided tour is a must. Buy tickets at the Great Gate from £6-£12 - We went middle ground & were really impressed for the money...a very special place even for non academics!

Thank ClareR1049
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing collection of books in a beautiful original surrounding. The whole space is fabulous but can only be accessed with a tour guide. We only did the 1/2 hour tour as the longer ones are offered on different days. I would like to...More

Thank RB5655
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a 60 minute tour of the library. Our guide Patrica was very informative,telling us of the history of each of the rooms downstairs, then taking us upstairs to the old library. Best things were the ceilings & all the old books.

Thank cathsagagirl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had tickets booked for the Tolkien exhibition on Thursday. Both my Husband and l found it a very good experience. It's always helpful to have allotted time slots as it stops over crowding. Tolkien's art work up close is incredibly intricate.The relief map showing...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If research is your aim, then this is THE Library. Primary source documents and a willing staff that will help you find them.

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very interesting tour given by a gentleman that is clearly incredibly knowledgeable. I would have preferred to see more deeply into the original library itself as they are pictures you see on the advertising for the tour, but you don’t actually see that.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Actually we live in Oxford but I always love to go there. The Divinity school is beautiful and I always love to work in the library. Moreover they always have excellent temporary exhibitions like the current one on Tolkien.

Thank Luca A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Free entrance, but you need to book the tickets in advance as the gallery is small and it gets crowded quickly. The exhibition is amazing and very well curated. It shows the work and the life of the author beautifully, giving an insight on how...More

1  Thank brugnolc
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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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