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Weston Library

Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
+44 1865 287400
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The Weston Library (formerly the New Bodleian) is the home of the Bodleian Libraries' special collections. Reopened in 2015 following a spectacular refurbishment, visitors can enjoy its new public spaces and discover more about the Bodleian's treasures. Here you can see free exhibitions in two large galleries, view displays, attend talks and events then take a break at the cafe or visit the shop.
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Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
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Reviewed yesterday

We used to study in the New Bodleian when we were students and came back for our 51st wedding anniversary. The Weston Library is a major asset for Oxford and was fascinating We went to two special exhibitions on Tolkein and on Women's Suffrage. Both...More

Thank SergeLourie
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The current Tolkien exhibit (which is free) at Weston Library permits you to experience Tolkien's letters and art in an amazing setting. Not only is there much on the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, there are also some of the letters he wrote to...More

Thank Tricia T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The outside is considered unattractive by the locals, as it was designed by someone from the place that should not be named here ( Cambridge! ). On a serious note: right across the street there's a Christopher Wren building! What you must do is visit...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely amazed at the output of Tolkien. Only one drawback no photography allowed in the gallery. However you can stand and do detailed drawings no sense there.

Thank g7gwf
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As we are huge Tolkien fans, a friend and I came from Lancashire to visit the exhibition and was not disappointed :) despite it being rather small there was plenty to see and lots of intriguing facts that even a Tolkien lover like myself didn’t...More

Thank BloHame
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in on a spur of the moment thing, the Tolkien exhibition has been highly publised and expected more to be honest. The exhibition was alright but would have felt hard done to if we'd paid. A bit thin on the ground but, hey, it's...More

Thank TheSecretF
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was keen to visit the Tolkien exhibition, and got tickets for the last session of the day - 4:30 to 5pm. The ticket clerk said "don't bother arriving till after 4:30, because there will be a queue.". He also didn't mention that it actually...More

Thank Richard N
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited on a Sunday afternoon, prebooked free tickets, the exhibition consists of mounted glass cabinets on the walls of a large room with some free standing in the middle containing many interesting exhibits such as handwritten texts from The Hobbit + LOTR, original maps, letters...More

Thank j w
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was here for the Tolkien exhibition. The building has been redeveloped since I was up and is now a welcoming space, boasting a handy coffee shop in the main foyer. The exhbition is housed in a fairly small room but is well worth a...More

Thank Robin B
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Cafe at the entry offered a nice respite. Informative video display gave the history of the Library albeit very slowly. Display on Tolkien was high quality and very informative. Interactive section was exceptional.

Thank Terry N
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