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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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  • Had a guided tour of the Bodleian Library today. It was truly fantastic. Our guide was so knowledgable about its history and its architecture - thank you. Whoever knew that Parliament had sat there.....  more
    Had a guided tour of the Bodleian Library today. It was truly fantastic. Our guide was so knowledgable about its history and its architecture - thank you. Whoever knew that Parliament had sat there.....  more »
  • Great walking tour of Oxford's history and its buildings with David. Before our walk began we had a very informative introduction to how the university began and really enjoyed how the guide drew us.....  more
    Great walking tour of Oxford's history and its buildings with David. Before our walk began we had a very informative introduction to how the university began and really enjoyed how the guide drew us.....  more »
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  • One of the world’s great libraries. It’s worth booking a guided tour weeks in advance to see the Duke Humfrey’s Library. The guides are excellent. The gift shop is also very good. The Radcliffe Camera next door forms part of the library and is a landmark building too (it houses the history faculty library), however it isn’t open to visitors.
  • Definitely one of the most iconic tourist attraction in Oxford, as well as itself being a very functional library. Great atmosphere to find and read books, or just to do some studying.

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