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Bodleian Library, Oxford

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#2 of 20 in Historic Sites in Oxford
Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Library
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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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  • We were thrilled to see the old library and to hear all the amazing stories the fantastic guide Tetiana told us! She is a wonderful storyteller and the whole tour of one hour was over in no time… 
    We were thrilled to see the old library and to hear all the amazing stories the fantastic guide Tetiana told us! She is a wonderful storyteller and the whole tour of one hour was over in no time…  more »
  • Such a fascinating place. Walking down those historic halls and stairways was a thrill and a memory I will always treasure and never forget. Jess the tour guide was interesting, witty and a wealth of....  more
    Such a fascinating place. Walking down those historic halls and stairways was a thrill and a memory I will always treasure and never forget. Jess the tour guide was interesting, witty and a wealth of....  more »
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  • It was the most interesting part of my Oxford tour, largely thank to Tatiana (hope I got the name right) who was the best guide I had in the past few years. She's a walking encyclopedia, but manages to present all that content in an entertaining manner (at least if you're a bit nerdy, like me)
  • Excellent guide (Tetiana) who told us everything about the interesting history in a very clear way. The library was amazing and so impressive. A must see on a visit to Oxford Visiting during the weekend means that your able to go into the old library with the 60min tour since there are no students studying

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