Group tours

Tours of the Old Bodleian Library are very popular and often sell out. Tours are available to purchase online from two weeks in advance
- to avoid disappointment, we recommend purchasing tickets in advance.

30 minutes

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This tour allows you to view the most beautiful parts of the Bodleian Library.
What you'll see: 15th-century Divinity School and Duke Humfrey's medieval library.

 

 Tour duration

          30 minutes

  Starting location

          Divinity School

 Tour language

          English

   Price*

            £70 per group

   Group size

            13 people

   Minimum age

           All adults and children over
           the age of 11

 Monday – Saturday***:
         3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm,
         4.30pm

         Sunday***:
         12.45pm, 2.15pm, 2.45pm,
         3.15pm, 4pm, 4.30pm

 
To make a reservation for your guided tour, please contact our Tours Coordinator.
Please include the dates you are interested in and the size of the group.

+44 (0)1865 287400 | tours@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

60 minutes

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An extension of the 30 minutes' highlights tour, in which you’ll also get to see inside 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.

 

 Tour duration

          60 minutes

  Starting location

          Divinity School

 Tour language

          English

   Price*

            £110 per group

   Group size

            13 people

   Minimum age

           All adults and children over
           the age of 11

 Monday – Saturday***:
         10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm,
         2pm

         Sunday***:
         11.30am, 2pm, 3pm

 
To make a reservation for your guided tour, please contact our Tours Coordinator.
Please include the dates you are interested in and the size of the group.

+44 (0)1865 287400 | tours@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

90 minutes

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This tour offers the opportunity to visit the Bodleian Library's wonderful historic rooms and a modern reading room.
What you'll see: 15th-century Divinity School, Convocation House, Chancellor's Court, Duke Humfrey's medieval library,
15th-century Radcliffe Camera and the modern Gladstone Link tunnel.

 

 Tour duration

          90 minutes

 Starting location

          Divinity School

 Tour language

          English

   Price*

            £190 per group

   Group size**

            13 people

   Minimum age

           All adults and children over
           the age of 11

 Wednesday or Saturday***:
         9.15am

         Sunday***:
         11.15am, 1.15pm

 
To make a reservation for your guided tour, please contact our Tours Coordinator.
Please include the dates you are interested in and the size of the group.

+44 (0)1865 287400 | tours@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Divinity School entry

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Follow the history of the Bodleian Library from its birth through to the present.

 

 Tour duration

          10 minutes

  Starting location

          Divinity School

 Tour language

          English

   Price

            £2 per person

   Group size

            Up to 30 people

   Minimum age

           All adults and children

 Monday – Saturday***:
         9am – 5pm

 
Book tickets for Divinity School entry

Audio tour

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Follow the history of the Old Bodleian Library from its birth through to the present with a tour of its spectacular architecture.
What you'll see: External quadrangles and the 15th-century Divinity School.

 

 Tour duration

          40 minutes

  Starting location

          Divinity School

 Tour language

          English, French, German
          Spanish and Mandarin

   Price

            £4 per person

   Group size

            Up to 35 people

   Minimum age

           All adults and children

 Monday – Saturday***:
         9am – 4pm

 
Book tickets for Audio tour

Photo gallery

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Six images of library group tours

Tour information

  • Guided tours are conducted in English.
  • All tours include a number of stairs and some walking - we regret that no lift is available.
  • Group visits require prior reservation and larger groups normally need to be divided.
  • All group bookings must be made a minimum of 14 days in advance.
  • Any group leaders must be included in the group numbers.
  • Tour routes may change subject to availability.
  • Only children over the age of 11 years are permitted on guided tours (children aged 11 to 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult).
  • Visitors are asked to leave all bags in secure lockers for the duration of all Bodleian Library tours.
  • We reserve the right to cancel any tour at short notice. In case of cancellation any tickets purchased beforehand will be refunded.
  • For accessibility information, please visit our accessibility page
  • For more information, contact the Tours team

* Price: A £50 supplement will be added to all tours between 1 June and 31 August. 

** Group size: Two groups can be run concurrently for the 30 minute and 60 minute tours, between Monday and Saturday.
Two groups can also be run concurrently for the 90 minute tour on Wednesday and Saturday only.  

*** Please check our opening hours and for information on room closures.  

 
Muffins at the Benugo Cafe

Catering for groups

Make your visit even more special and enjoy morning pastries or afternoon teas before
or after your tour at the Weston Library café.

Book a refreshment package
 

Bodleian Libraries guide book

Souvenir guide book

A guide book is available to accompany your visit featuring colour images of the library.
 

Purchase a guide book
 

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