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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Over 400 years old and with over 12 million books what's not to like - take in the historic architecture on the outside and then within and see if you can identify which films this amazing building has been featured in - well worth a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank rkm990
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the second time I've been to the Bodleian and it is just as stunning this time around. The first time we went on the 30 minute tour which takes you up to the Duke Humphreys room. This time we did the 60 minute...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank melonpea
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very atmosphere place with great guides. And the place of Harry Potter movie shootings) Highly recommended for visiting!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Anna K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This library is the stuff of every book lover’s dreams. We went on the 60-minute tour (book ahead!) which was alright. Our tour guide was a little spacey, but the history and look of this place makes up for it. Definitely check out the special...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank aellwy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a truly wonderful place-- like all of my childhood fantasies of being whisked away to hogwarts came true. Well worth it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank didemgg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited as a tour of the library and I would recommended doing one of these if you have the time. We went to the Divinity school room, the Duke Humfrey chained library, the Radcliffe Camera and more modern reading rooms. Highly recommended for anyone...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank IndiaGray
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped by early one morning for a tour in April 2018. Unfortunately, the schedule did not match what i read online and I did not have a chance to see Radcliffe Camera. I paid a few pounds to see the divinity school, then while I...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank LaurT614
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited when Oxford was out of session and the Library not open for tours. We walked past the Radcliffe Camera and into the library courtyard, which unlike the Christ Church College courtyard is absolutely stunning and fascinating, with architectural and academic details. You'll really...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank S7022QAlisag
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You get in by buying a ticket from the hall opposite. The hall is smaller than you think but more beautiful. It’s ceiling are amazing and bring life the broader Oxford experience - easy to see how it sparked the imaginations of so many great...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stunningly and with a lovely rich history. We had a fantastic tour guide whose command of Latin was a beautiful thing to hear.

Date of experience: December 2018
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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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