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Completed in 1737, this domed classical building forms the hub of architectural Oxford, and is considered one of England's earliest examples of a round library.
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Didn't go inside but it is a stunning building and definitely needs to be visited if in Oxford. We visited as part of a walking tour. Apparently it is joined under ground to the library opposite. Great if it's raining for students to access.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JoB240
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good place to take pictures. Helped that weather was nice. Located in front of St Mary's Church, cant miss it.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank neowulf93
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A symbol of the city, the Camera is highly enjoyable to stroll around and appreciate up close. Take some selfies here to remember Oxford by.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Nat S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't go inside this building, just walked around looking at the construction. Its one of the sights in Oxford to include as you walk around the city

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Nigel H
Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

This is a lovely building set within a square near St Mary's Church and one of the colleges. It's free to view and a must see if your walking around Oxford looking for the sights.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Scott C
Reviewed 26 December 2018

We came across this lovely looking domed building while wandering around Oxford University during our short visit there. It is really beautiful and ironically one of the most photographed buildings in this area, despite the fact not very much actually takes place inside. It is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 27 November 2018 via mobile

No trip around Oxford would be complete without visiting this exquisite building! The Camera is an extension of the Boldeian, with a tunnel connecting the two. A guide on our visit said it’s ironic that it’s the most photographed building in the whole of Oxford,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 22 November 2018 via mobile

The building is right across from the church. It appears to be very unusual as it is round. There were students studying inside and the guide said it was part of the library.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 21 November 2018

There is so much history in this magnificent building, not least its shape, name & history. It was built in the mid 18th Century as a science library. Don't miss it.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Konie
Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

Such grandeur and such history oozes out of every brick of this marvelous structure! Felt like starting at it got hours together!

Date of experience: November 2018
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