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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The architecture of the building outside is beautiful, which is gated around the building containing greenery. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed on this Saturday (no visitors) because it was only registered people. It was unfortunate because I’ve seen pictures on google and looks amazing inside, so...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s the Harry Potter library and includes other Harry Potter scenes. What else do you need. Recommend the 30min tour to get a quick look at what’s on offer.More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank thomasbB3773WO
aliceo1128, Manager at Bodleian Library, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Thomas, I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your tour of the Bodleian on your 30 minute tour. You are right that the Divinity School and Duke Humfrey's Library was where Harry Potter was filmed. Our 60 minute tour also include two more rooms, Convocation...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is probably one of the most famous buildings on the whole Oxford and a special place of pilgrimage for Harry Potter fans as some of the most famous scenes were filmed here. You can book to see the library as well

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank rickyspa1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You cannot come to Oxford and miss this visit, we went with the walking tour which was a plus when learning more about the library. The place is great, a lot of history inside. And of course, if you are a Harry Potter fan, it...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank EAM27
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a lovely place, so much to see and do, building is amazing. From the inside you can see the various types of architecture

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank David H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This isn’t a real review just a warning that you have to book a guided tour to see the library ! We hadn’t so didn’t get to see anything as the tours were sold out !

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MayaHodd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We signed up for the 30 minute tour of the Bodleian which included the Divinity School and Duke Humfrey's Library, which is the oldest reading room in the Bodleian Library. Both are very grand and one feels quite overwhelmed by the amazing architecture and history....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Liesl G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were on the 2hr Footprints walking tour (paid) and this includes entrance into the Divinity College. Simply stunning. Added bonus of it being used in several Harry Potter films. Definitely worth a look.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JoB240
Reviewed 12 February 2019

I didn't get much out of my short guided tour here. It's a library. It's old. What more to say? Apparently a scene or so in a Harry Potter film was filmed here. Why should I care?

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank aNeilYoungfan
Reviewed 10 February 2019

Beautiful library. Very interesting and very informative tour included. Keep in mind, no pictures inside the library. Recommend visiting on Sunday when it is closed to readers and open to tourists only.

Date of experience: February 2019
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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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