Must do in Oxford: Bodleian Library Tour

Whether you are staying in Oxford for business or leisure, there are a few things that you really should try and do if you have time, and a Bodleian Library Tour is high up on our list . . .


The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and in Britain is second in size only to the British Library with over 12 million printed items. First opened to scholars in 1602, it incorporates an earlier library built by the University in the 15th century to house books donated by Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester. Since 1602 it has expanded, slowly at first but with increasing momentum over the last 150 years, to keep pace with the ever-growing accumulation of books, papers and other materials, but the core of the old buildings has remained intact.


Known to many Oxford scholars simply as ‘The Bod’, these buildings are still used by students and scholars from all over the world, and they attract an ever-increasing number of visitors.


The Standard Tour shows you the interior of the buildings that form the historic heart of the University.


What you'll see: 15th-century Divinity School, Convocation House, Chancellor's Court and Duke Humfrey's medieval library.
Length: 60 minutes
Price: £8
Times: Monday-Saturday: 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 14:00
Sunday: 11:30, 14:00, 15:00
How to book: Purchase selected tickets online up to two weeks in advance or on the day at the Great Gate ticket office.


Make an enquiry or telephone us:
UK: 01993 222200
Overseas: 0044 222200
Open Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm UK time