Bodleian Library Tours

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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.

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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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Address: Broad St., Oxford OX1 3BG, England
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Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-4:30pm Sunday 11am-5pm
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Oxford University Walking Tour

Walk the halls of one of the world’s oldest and most famous universities on a 2-hour walking tour of Oxford University. Get a glimpse of student life as you peek inside the famous Bodleian Library and see landmarks like the University Church of St Mary, the Bridge of Sighs and Trinity College. Learn about the prestigious university’s famous alumni, hear fascinating stories and anecdotes about its history, and see on-campus locations used in the Harry Potter films.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$19.18 USD
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Harry Potter Filming Locations Tour in Oxford

Calling all fans of the world’s favorite wizard, this 2-hour Oxford walking tour takes you to recognizable locations of the Harry Potter films. During this family-friendly tour, you’ll explore the grand buildings of Oxford University, including New College and Divinity School — both featured as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Learn of other literary legends that attended Oxford University and admire the Bodleian Library, home to more than 11 million books. This small-group tour is limited to 15 Harry Potter fans to maintain an intimate atmosphere. If you prefer choose the private tour of New College with just your party and guide. 
  • Duration: 90 to 120 mins
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$25.57 USD
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  • Duration: 90 to 120 mins
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Bespoke Oxford Walking Tour with a Private Guide

Explore the university city of Oxford with your own private guide, and discover the history behind its standout sights such as the Bodleian Library, Bridge of Sighs, and the Sheldonian Theatre. With your guide, you’ll also see some of the famous university colleges, and learn about the institution’s history from its humble roots to its worldwide prestige today.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London

Discover some of southern England’s most visited spots on this day trip from London. Delve into the history of the British Royal Family on an audio guided tour of Windsor Castle, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s official residences. Unearth Neolithic secrets at Stonehenge, the UNESCO-listed stone circle that dates back thousands of years. Then explore Christchurch College, the Bodleian Library, and other renowned university buildings during a guided Oxford city tour.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter and Oxford Day Trip from London

Enter the magical world of Harry Potter, everyone’s favorite boy wizard, on this day trip to Oxford and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter. Wander around original sets, see costumes and props worn by Dumbledore, Hagrid, Harry, Ron, Hermione, and others, and uncover the on-screen wizardry used to bring J.K. Rowling’s best-selling books to the silver screen. Then, travel to Oxford and visit the Bodleian Library, Christ Church College, and other famous University of Oxford buildings used in the movies. Luxury, round-trip coach transportation from London is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter and Oxford

For fans of Harry Potter, the Warner Bros. Studio London should be at the top of your England itinerary. On this 10-hour tour from London, you’ll travel with ease to the Making of Harry Potter and discover the exact sets used in the magical film franchise. Stroll down Diagon Alley, sit on the Hogwart’s Express, and ride the Knight Bus before heading to Oxford for a 1-hour walking tour of the historic university city. This family-friendly tour is limited to 20 people in order to maintain an intimate atmosphere.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Walking Tour of Oxford for the Discerning Traveler

Get the inside scoop on Oxford's storied history on this private walking tour. Through your dedicated guide's informative narration, learn about the evolution of the university and all the achievements that have taken place there. Enjoy a flexible itinerary, personalized attention and plenty of time to ask questions, since this is a private tour for just you and your party.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Cambridge and Oxford Historic Colleges of Britain Day Trip

Keen to visit Oxford or Cambridge? Then explore both age-old university cities in in one day on this illuminating trip from London. With an expert guide, take a walking tour around the historical colleges of Oxford, famous as the ‘city of dreaming spires.’ Admire hushed courtyards and showpieces including the Bodleian Library, and hear about past scholars such as Bill Clinton. Continue to the university city of Cambridge on the Cam River and take a stroll around its finest college buildings, including the splendid King’s College and Bridge of Sighs.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Oxford and Cambridge Tour from London

Follow in the footsteps of the greats on this full-day tour of England’s most famous university cities – Oxford and Cambridge. Admire the celebrated ‘Dreaming Spires’ of Oxford and visit the Bodleian Library and Christ Church College, where alumni include Lewis Carroll, Bill Clinton and David Cameron, and the Great Hall was used as a filming location for the Harry Potter movies. Next, journey to prestigious Cambridge, where past students include Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking and Sylvia Plath, and architectural highlights include the Cavendish Laboratory, King’s College Chapel and the Cambridge University Library.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private Harry Potter Filming Locations Tour in Oxford

See two of the three Hogwarts filming locations in Oxford (access permitting) on this 2-hour private Harry Potter tour. With a guide, you'll visit New College and the Divinity School at the Bodleian Library. Ponder how studying at Oxford University compares to being a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and learn a bit about Oxford's history as your guide tailors the tour to the interests of everyone in your group.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Oxford Walking Tour Including Christ Church College

Walk through the heart of Oxford and visit the university's Christ Church College with a guide. The short walking tour includes a stroll through Oxford’s historic streets and stops by landmarks such as the University Church and the Bridge of Sighs. If access is permitted to Christ Church College on the day of your tour, you’ll then step inside the famous site to learn about its rich history and links to the Harry Potter films.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Oxford City and University Walking tour

Oxford is home to one of the world’s most famous and prestigious colleges, and this private 2-hour walking tour unveils all the secrets of the university city. Marvel at landmarks including the Bodleian Library and Christchurch, peek inside Oxford University buildings like New College or the Divinity School; and follow in the footsteps of British legends such as J.R.R Tolkien, CS Lewis, King Henry VIII, and Harry Potter.
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Walking and Biking Tour of Oxford

Discover Oxford’s highlights on foot and two wheels on this 3-hour walking and bicycle tour. Set out by foot to visit the Bodleian Library, Christ Church, and other colleges as you learn about their history and former luminaries. Then, ride a bike to see the Radcliffe Camera, Magdalen College, places linked to Oxford’s literary heritage, and other sights. Includes entrance fees and bike usage for the rest of the day post-tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Oxford- City of Dreaming Spires Tour from Bournemouth

Save time compared to the coach and money compared to the train on this cost-effective day trip to Oxford, the “City of Dreaming Spires”. Travel directly to the heart of Oxford, then soak up the history on a walking tour of the city’s signature attractions. Enjoy time to explore museums, historic colleges, and parks before returning to Bournemouth.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Full-Day Tour of Windsor, Eton and Oxford from London

Go beyond the capital to visit Windsor, Eton, and Oxford in just one day. The convenient day trip from Hammersmith in London packs in visits to the three towns with ease, while making sure you have plenty of free time to spend in each one. You’ll visit the genteel towns of Windsor and Eton in the morning, then admire the university college buildings of Oxford in the afternoon, learning about them from a guide.
  • Duration: 1 day
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3-Hour Private Oxford Guided Walking Tour

Oxford is one of England’s most renowned university cities and a private tour means you can explore at your own pace. On this 3-hour walking tour, admire Oxford landmarks such as the Bodleian Library, Christchurch Cathedral, and the Ashmolean Museum; learn more about the city’s fascinating history and heritage; and see the famous Oxford University colleges.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Oxford Highlights including visiting inside a college

Explore the university city of Oxford on tour that showcases its highlights in just a couple of hours. The waking tour introduces you to many of Oxford's famous colleges and university buildings as you stroll around the city with a guide. Get recommendations for things to do and see in the city in your own time, and hear insider tips for Oxford's many restaurants. The experience includes a visit inside one college and either the Divinity School or the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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2-Hour Harry Potter and Other Movie Locations Walking Tour of Oxford

Lose yourself in the magical world of Harry Potter on this 2-hour walking tour of Oxford. With an expert guide and a small group of fellow Muggles, visit filming locations from the Harry Potter movies; tour Oxford landmarks such as New College and The Bodleian Library; and follow in the footsteps of favourite characters like Ron, Hermione, and Dumbledore.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Oxford Windsor and Eton Tour from Eastbourne

Embark on a tour to Oxford, Windsor and Eton. You will visit Windsor and Eton in the morning before traveling to Oxford at lunchtime where you will spend the afternoon. In the Oxford center you will find a wide range of shops in the Westgate and Clarendon shopping centers and the old Victorian covered market. Or you can alternatively visit some free museums or Oxford Castle.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Private Oxford Bicycle Tour

The best way to see Oxford is on a bicycle on this private bicycle tour along the River Thames Path. In fact, bikes are the locals' favourite way to get around the city as the compact Oxford is not very car-friendly. The tour lasts for 3-4 hours, including a guided tour plus bike set up time and a refreshments stop. The route covers both the city's sights and stories with a college entrance fee and a relaxing cycle along the River Thames to Iffley or Binsey Village. To book this private tour, you must select at least 4 adult tickets, in order to book. Otherwise, we sell small group individually ticketed tours too, from £40 per person with minimum of only 2 persons to book those tours.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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