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Bodleian Library, Oxford

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Meander through the 400-year-old stacks of Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. As one of the oldest libraries in Europe, the five-building cluster boasts original architecture and represents the university’s fascinating history. Visit the university’s oldest teaching room or admire the ornate decor of the main study halls. Take a guided tour for a complete interior and exterior viewing and to learn more about the university’s history. Plan to eat before or after your visit, as food and drinks are not served at the library. Plan to visit Bodleian Library and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Oxford attractions using our Oxford trip itinerary app .
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  • This is such an amazing library that it is worth entering just to be in a library that has over 12 million books. I particularly liked the wonderful tapestry map of Worcestershire that was on display....  more »
  • There was only one day on the tour. Chose where to go to Cambridge or Oxford. Chose the latter, not sorry! Really enjoyed the tour! Amazing architecture! Highly recommend a visit.
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  • The ornate nature and intricacy of this building is phenomenal - a must see especially if you're a big harry potter fan.  more »
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  • Make sure you look up the times of the tours, because you can’t just look around the library without a guided tour, and the tours only run at certain times. Best to stop by in the morning, get your tour time, then come back. Lovely building, worth a visit if in Oxford
  • We took the 1/2 hour guided tour and learnt so much about the history of the library. Our guide was knowledgable and enthusiastic. Beautiful buildings, would highly recommend.
  • I loved this visit. Unfortunately I was only able to do the standart tour but even then O lived every second of it. I would advise you to invest on an extended tour (I believe it is worth it). Warning: buy your tickets online and before you get to Oxford or you'll be at risk of not being able to book a tour.
  • I did the standard tour which was very interesting. Excellent tour guide and the buildings are just stunning. Would highly recommend a visit.
  • Very quiet when we went. Beautiful ornate carvings.
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