Tours for individuals

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 includes the Divinity School, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, and Duke Humfrey’s library, the most ancient
and atmospheric heart of the 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

            £6 per person

   Group size

            Up to 13 people

   Minimum age

           All adults and children over
           the age of 11

 Monday – Saturday*:
         12.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm,
         4pm, 4.30pm

         Sunday*:
         12.30pm, 2.15pm, 2.45pm,
         3.15pm, 4pm, 4.30pm

 
Book tickets for 30min tour

60 minutes

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An extension of the 30 minute tour, where you'll also get to see 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 Library.

 

 Tour duration

          60 minutes

  Starting location

          Divinity School

 Tour language

          English

   Price

            £9 per person

   Group size

            Up to 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

 
Book tickets for 60min tour

90 minutes

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This tour offers the opportunity to visit both the Bodleian Library's wonderful historic rooms as well as a modern reading room.
What you'll see: Radcliffe Camera, Divinity School, Convocation House, Chancellors Court and Duke Humfrey's Library.

 

 Tour duration

          90 minutes

  Starting location

          Divinity School

 Tour language

          English

   Price

            £15 per person

   Group size

            Up to 13 people

   Minimum age

           All adults and children over
           the age of 11

 Wednesday and Saturday*:
         9.15am

         Sunday*:
         11.15am, 1.15pm

 
Book tickets for 90min tour

Audio tour

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Follow the history of the Bodleian Library from its birth through to the present with an audio tour describing the 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
           Family tickets: £10

   Group size

            Up to 35 people

   Minimum age

           All adults and children

 Monday – Sunday*:
         9am – 4pm

 
Book tickets for Audio tour

Divinity School entry

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This splendid medieval room is the oldest teaching hall and earliest examination hall of the University.
What you'll see: 15th-century Divinity School

 

 Tour duration

          10 minutes

  Starting location

          Divinity School

 Tour language

          English

   Price

            £2 per person
           Family tickets: £5

   Group size

            Up to 30 people

   Minimum age

           All adults and children

 Monday – Saturday*:
         9am – 5pm

         Sunday*:
         11am, 5pm

 
Book tickets for Divinity School entry

History trail

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Follow the self-guided trail as our first librarian, 16th-century scholar Thomas Bodley, takes your family on an adventure
around the Bodleian Libraries and teaches you about the history of this world-famous site.

 

 Tour duration

          40 minutes

  Starting location

          Divinity School

 Tour language

          English

   Price

            £1 per person

   Group size

            No limit

   Minimum age

           Aimed at families with
           children aged 5 to 11

 Monday – Saturday*:
         9am – 5pm

         Sunday*:
         11am – 5pm

 
Purchase on the day at the Great Gate ticket office.

Photo gallery

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Six images of tours in libraries

Tour information

  • Guided tours are conducted in English.
  • All tours include a number of stairs and some walking - no lift is available.
  • The routes and times of tours may change - please check with staff.
  • Only children over the age of 11 years are permitted on guided tours.
  • Children aged 11-16 must be accompanied on tours by a responsible adult, as our guided tours enter into Duke Humfrey’s Library which is still a working library. 
  • Family tickets are for two adults and three children under 15 years.
  • Visitors are asked to leave all bags in secure lockers for the duration of all Bodleian Library tours.
  • There are approximately 70 steps involved in the guided tour and no lift.
  • Guided tour times may change if the rooms are booked for University or other events.
  • Tickets can be booked online in advance or at the ticket office on the day. Tickets can sell out so please arrive early if booking on the day.
  • We reserve the right to cancel any tour at short notice. In case of cancellation any pre-purchased tickets will be refunded.
  • For accessibility information, please visit our accessibility page
  • For more information, contact the Tours team

Group size: Two groups can be run concurrently for the 30 minutes and 60 minutes 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 for information and for additional 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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