Standard tours

Explore the Divinity School, completed in 1488 for the teaching of theology. With its elaborately vaulted ceiling and its 455 carved bosses, it is a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture. Take a look in the 17th century Convocation House, where Parliament was held in the Civil War. You will also see the Chancellor's Court room.

Visit Duke Humfrey's mediaeval library, still in use today, where generations of famous scholars have studied through the ages. These former readers, or users of the Library, include five kings, 40 Nobel Prize winners, 25 British Prime Ministers and writers such as Oscar Wilde, C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien.

This tour shows you the interior of the buildings that form the historic heart of the University. Your guide will describe the wonderful architecture, explaining how the University came into being in the Middle Ages, and how it developed over the centuries.


Monday- Saturday: 10:30, 11:30, 13:00 & 14.00

Sunday: 11:30, 14:00 & 15:00

Please note: we cannot take advance group bookings on Sundays, June to September inclusive, and for the months of July or August. We apologise for the inconvenience.

For up to date information contact the Venue Services Team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1865 287400
Booking is essential - we require at least 14 days notice for advance group bookings. Please reserve tours early to avoid disappointment.
One hour

£100 per group (with up to 13 people in a group).

No concessions

We are able to take children age 11 and over into the working areas of the Library on these tours. We regret that the guided tours are not recommended for young children.

Children aged 11 - 16 must be accompanied on tours by a responsible adult.

We require payment for tours at least 14 days in advance of the date of your reservation, by credit card or cheque.

We request payment for the full number of tickets in each group
Group size

Maximum group size accepted at the same time: 26, guided by two guides.

Maximum group size per day: up to 52 usually divided into 2.

Standard tours can be booked exclusively for a single group of up to 52 visitors at least 4 weeks in advance. They can be arranged to start only at 10:30am, 11:30am, 13:00 or 14:00. 

We can run two tours at the same time (26 visitors can take part in guided tours at the same time). If the group is larger than 26 visitors we will ask you to split your group to spread over two time slots.


Up to 26 visitors start at 10:30


Up to 26 visitors start at 11:30

From Monday 10 December 2012 we will be using audio technology on some of our tours. Visitors on these tours will be issued with a small earpiece which transmits your guide's commentary. The purpose is to enable your guide to speak softly, thus reducing sound levels when tours visit the reading rooms where students and academics study.

We hope you find this simple technology enhances your experience.If you do not wish to use the earpiece, please let your tour guide know.

Tours using the equipment will be:

  • Monday - Saturday inclusive: standard tour at 11.30 and 14.00
  • Extended tours on Wednesday and Saturday

As time goes on we will be introducing the equipment on more of our tours. We will be interested to hear your feedback after you have used the equipment - please ask your tour guide for a comments form if you wish to give us your views.

Comment from participant in our Standard Tour

"1st class. Extremely interesting and informative. Our guide was very thorough and took his time. There was no sense of rush and even when our time had passed was still willing to take on questions. An asset to the library." 28th April 2012

To make a reservation for your group visit, or for further information, contact the Venue Services Team:

Via our Enquiry Form for Group Visits 
Tel: +44 (0)1865 287400
Fax: +44 (0)1865 277218

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