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Weston Library

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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...more
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Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
+44 1865 287400
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

We popped in for a quick visit, after the Bodleian Library tour, and its free....The only things really to see are the priceless books, manuscripts, parchments on display, and there was a hall dedicated to Shakespeare, with loads of this old works. But what a...More

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All reviews magna carta small exhibition free exhibition free toilets jane austen middle earth on display treasure room morse code amazing exhibition his life broad street the ground floor quick look gift shop well worth the visit oxford university
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Tolkien exhibition, which would be great as a permanent exhibit. It was both astonishing and breathtaking. I was really touched by the care with which this exhibition was mounted; the designers outdid themselves and it honestly made me think about Tolkien's...More

Thank Gina S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Truly inspirational exhibition with so many of Tolkien’s original drawings – interesting to see how Middle Earth evolved. The exhibit had a lot of background information to Tolkien’s life and works - there is a book which accompanies the exhibition which is well worth the...More

Thank Helen M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Oxford to see the Tolkien Exhibition this weekend. It finishes in the next few days but if you like his writing and get chance to go it's worth making the trip. Advanced tickets have sold out but you can still get them...More

Thank timhdronfield
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in after seeing signs for the Tolkein exhibition (how Middle Earth was created). It was free, but reserved time tickets were required. Luckily it wasn't busy (being the last 2 weeks of the exhibit) and we got tickets for the immediate time slot....More

Thank wubbuwu
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Our map conference was held in this library as well as a Tolkien exhibit about his books. We had an interesting tour taking us into underground tunnels to reach the other buildings. With advance notice you can view historic books and scrolls from their vaults.

Thank LisandroVoyager
Reviewed 3 October 2018

A magnificent exhibition, with many original works. The maps were amazing, but for me, the handwritten scrawl which was his first draft of the ride of the Rohirrim had me in tears, such was the power it held. Stunning.

Thank Stephen E
Reviewed 23 September 2018

A really well laid out and informative exhibition full of Tolkien's wonderful artwork and info about the man and his life as well as his books.

Thank Anne H
Reviewed 21 September 2018

normally a small exhibition but extremely informative the food is also good the gift shop has unique gifts i like it a lot

Thank David B
Reviewed 20 September 2018

Have been regularly since it opened, owing to the fantastic sets of exhibitions: Tolkein, Austen, Magical Books... all fascinating and so well put together. All have been free, and well worth a visit. The cafe is nice, but busy and quite expensive. Nevertheless, recommended for...More

Thank krash777
Reviewed 16 September 2018

As a life-long Tolkien and Lord of the Rings fan, we were determined to see the Tolkien Exhibit at the Weston Library (basically part of Bodleian Library), and were not disappointed. It's free but you should book online for set time-slots as it is limited...More

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6 October 2018|
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Response from Terry N | Reviewed this property |
Unless absolutely necessary I would not advise driving in Oxford. best option is to use the perimeter Park n Ride facilities. they are cheap and operate frequent services.
1 August 2018|
Response from Tricia T | Reviewed this property |
I don't think there would be any issue with respect to a wheel chair; however, many of the pieces might be out of view range.