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Completed in 1737, this domed classical building forms the hub of architectural Oxford, and is considered one of England's earliest examples of a round library.
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Radcliffe Square, Oxford OX1 4AJ, England
+44 1865 287400
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

No trip around Oxford would be complete without visiting this exquisite building! The Camera is an extension of the Boldeian, with a tunnel connecting the two. A guide on our visit said it’s ironic that it’s the most photographed building in the whole of Oxford,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The building is right across from the church. It appears to be very unusual as it is round. There were students studying inside and the guide said it was part of the library.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is so much history in this magnificent building, not least its shape, name & history. It was built in the mid 18th Century as a science library. Don't miss it.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Konie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such grandeur and such history oozes out of every brick of this marvelous structure! Felt like starting at it got hours together!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

This still-used building certainly stands out as you walk up to it. Quite stunning, actually. And interesting to learn about how it is used. Not to be missed, but not that much time needed here since there are so many other unique sights to see...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank pasowine
Reviewed 29 October 2018

This building is fascinating. It's shape and explanation of the name are interesting and it is worth getting a pass to go inside this working library. It has a genuine feel and has been modernised without encroaching on its original feel.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jane F
Reviewed 28 October 2018

What a stunning building! It's a shame we weren't allowed inside but we did get lots of photos. The gardens were pretty too.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Vivien W
Reviewed 24 October 2018

This building was one of my favourite in Oxford and is one of the most photographed ones for a reason. The circular architecture makes for a great photo and the building is a real hot spot for tourists for that reason so be wary! The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank WilliamThomas
Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile

Per our tour guide, this is the most photographed building on the Oxford campus and I completely understand why. This building is utterly unique and just plain gorgeous. Sadly you need to have an appointment and reason to enter this research library. But I can...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jehenson81
Reviewed 9 October 2018

We only visited Radcliffe as a part of the Bodleian Library Tour we were doing. However, it's an amazing building structurally, and the cobble roads either side are well worth a walk.

Date of experience: September 2018
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