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Bodleian Library

The main research library of the University of Oxford and one of the oldest of its kind in Europe, the Bodleian Library is also one of the UK’s five "copyright libraries," famously housing a copy of every book printed in Great Britain—a collection that spans more than 11 million works. Founded by Sir Thomas Bodley in 1602, the Bodleian Library, or "the Bod" as it’s known to students, is actually a complex of libraries and reading rooms located in the heart of Oxford, including the domed Radcliffe Camera, the vaulted Divinity Room, the Duke Humphrey's Library and the Old and New Bodleian Libraries.

With its towering shelves of prized books and manuscripts, exploring the Bodleian libraries is a rare treat for book lovers, with everything from early manuscripts, biblical texts and ancient maps to rare literary editions, Oriental manuscripts and a large collection of original J.R.R Tolkien works. But don’t expect to get your hands on one of the books—much of the historic library is off-bounds for non-scholars, except by guided tour, and no one is allowed to remove the books from the library—even King Charles I was famously refused permission to borrow a book in 1645.

Practical Info

The Bodleian Library is located in central Oxford between the Radcliffe Camera and the Sheldonian Theatre. It is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (note that some buildings may be closed on Sundays). The Bodleian’s historic quadrangles, exhibition room and shop are all free to visit, while the adjoining Divinity School charges a £1 admission. Access to the library’s reading rooms is by guided tour only.

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Oxford City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Explore the beautiful university town of Oxford with this 24 hour ticket aboard an open-top double-decker bus. See all the main sights of Oxford as you hop-on ...  Read more

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

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Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London

4.5 star rating: Recommended 687 Reviews

A region officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can’t possibly be a bad place to spend a day. On this 10-hour day trip from London, ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford Custom Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 663 Reviews

Experience three of England’s trophy sights on this full-day trip to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford from London. Travel by air-conditioned coach to ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $89.78

Warwick Castle, Oxford, Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Custom Day Trip

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Travel to Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and The Cotswolds. Our custom day trip guarantees unbeatable low prices, deluxe coaches, ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Cambridge and Oxford Historic Colleges of Britain Day Trip

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Begin the day traveling across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the "City of Dreaming Spires", whose hushed courtyards and elegant, dignified timeworn ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.66

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