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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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  • To join a guided tour takes one back in time and into the world of books, University and Harry Potter while can't go wrong:)
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  • Great place for visitors to visit when students are away. Excellent place Vogt family and friends. I took my students. They really liked it and said it was worth visiting and that they would recommend...  more »
  • Taking the tour of the Bodleian Library is well worth the time and ticket price. Our guide was knowledgable and amusing, and the small size of the tour group was important so that we could all hear, a...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Even through the queue for buying the tour guide is long, this place is still one of the greatest libraries I have visited in the world. The tour guide and the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. After the guide find out that I brought the wrong ticket, she brought me to the ticket office and help myself to switch the right one. Although the tour is in English, they offered a transcript in Mandarin about the tour for us (you can ask a one in your own language too). The interior of the library is amazing. Too get a guided tour, the only way you can visit the inside of the library, make a RESERVATION at least 2 weeks in advance in the web, or go to the ticket office on the early morning.
  • It's a nice looking building but was close when we went. Better check before coming to make sure it's open on the day.
  • They have preserved Lord Swaminarayan's Shikshapatri too. It is in Sanskrit.

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