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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 yesterday

Extremely interesting visit, made even more so by the enthusiastic guide. No lift so Visitors with mobility problems could find climbing the stairs difficult.

Thank Margaret N
Reviewed yesterday

Yes, you do have to take a tour of the Bod. And yes, it will be worth it. Got to love the ancient library with books chained to the walls. Harry Potter's ancestors lived here.

Thank K4848RPmike
Reviewed yesterday

Wonderful architecture. Visited on a walking tour. Would like to come back to take more time to wander.

Thank Kazzy50
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I love libraries and this one is very cool. I was unaware of the structure of Oxford and the colleges that form it. The tour was very nice and the library and its architecture were an interesting part of the tour.

Thank LostALot22
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Hall has provided backdrop for Harry Potter scenes – the sick bay and the one where Harry and Co. learnt to dance before the Ball – the space itself on the day we visited was full of autumn light and shadow that added to...More

Thank PeteD60
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were quite excited to visit this place, esp my 7 year old, thanks to the Harry Potter mania. But it was disappointing to know that he wasn't allowed. The staff present there was unnecessarily rude and stiff.

Thank drkritisg
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We'll worth a visit but book in advance as it is first come first served on the day so get there early.Had a professor of medieval history as a guide and he was excellent.The buildings,architecture and library are all magnificent.Be aware there is no photography...More

Thank Paula E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited whilst staying in Oxford. First think to note you need to book advance we got there at Saturday lunch time all tours sold out luckily they did have some space for a halve an hour tour on the Sunday . We came back...More

Thank DeanS138
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a tour online - you can do this in advance. Our guide was excellent, knowledgable and personable. It has an interesting and amazing history and the rooms you visit are unique. Fabulous.

Thank mands09
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a librarian, I couldn't visit Oxford without doing this tour. We got to see inside the Divinity Hall and the Duke Humphrey's Library. A bit disappointed that our guide couldn't answer some of my library-related questions. Quite expensive for what we got to see.

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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.
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erkcpa
6 June 2016|
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Response from David W |
There are exhibitions of Bodleian treasures in the Weston Library.
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melancia2014
16 March 2016|
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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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