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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
+44 1865 287400
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We came to the library to visit the Tolkien exhibit. The library buildings are super cool. And they are a huge tourist draw. Get there early if you want fairly people free pix. The exhibit was amazing and really nicely arranged. The bodleian is really...More

Thank danielKeiran
Reviewed 2 days ago

We didn't go into the Library itself, but, as part of a walking tour, were taken into the quadrangle where we learnt the history of the Bodleian & the various little doors around us. Next time we will do the tour inside.

Thank Konie
Reviewed 2 days ago

We booked our tour ahead of time and were so glad that we did. The guide was very knowledgeable and we learned so much about the history of the Oxford Universities and the library.

Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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

Thank Kazzy50
Reviewed 5 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 5 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 6 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
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Nate P
21 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.
5 June 2016|
Response from David W |
There are exhibitions of Bodleian treasures in the Weston Library.
15 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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