Tour information

Tickets for individual tours are available:

  • In advance: Tickets for all Extended Tours, selected Standard Tours, and selected Mini Tours go on sale two weeks in advance. They are available online until the night before the tour (see links for individual tours below).
  • On the day: Tickets for all tours are available on the day from the Great Gate ticket office (subject to availability).
Image of Duke Humfrey's Library, Bodleian Library

30 minute tour

This tour allows you to view the most beautiful parts of the Bodleian Library in just 30 minutes.
What you'll see: 15th-century Divinity School and Duke Humfrey's medieval library.
Length: 30 minutes
Price: £6
Times: Monday-Saturday: 12:30, 15:30, 16:00, 16:40
Sunday: 12:45, 14:15, 14:45, 15:15, 16:00, 16:40
How to book: Purchase selected tickets online up to two weeks in advance or on the day at the Great Gate ticket office.

Important notes and accessibility.

Image of Convocation House, Bodleian Library

60 minute tour

This 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: £9
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.
Important notes and accessibility.

Image of roofline of Radcliffe Camera, Bodleian Library

90 minute tour

This tour offers the opportunity to visit both the Bodleian Library's wonderful historic rooms and the modern underground reading room.
What you'll see: 15th-century Divinity School, Convocation House, Chancellor's Court, Duke Humfrey's medieval library, Radcliffe Camera and Gladstone Link.
Length: 90 minutes
Price: £15
Times: Wednesday and Saturday: 9:15. Sunday: 11:15 & 13:15
How to book: Purchase tickets online up to two weeks in advance or on the day at the Great Gate ticket office.
Important notes and accessibility.

Image of the Oxford skyline

Oxford sightseeing tour


A tour of major attractions around Oxford. This ticket offers discounted entry to major attractions within the city, including the Bodleian Libraries.

What you'll see:

Length/times: Monday to Friday. Includes the 24-hour 'Hop On, Hop Off' bus tour, incorporating a tour of Oxford Castle, entry to the Sheldonian Theatre and a 30 minute tour of the Bodleian Library (15:30 tour only).
Price: £33 per person
How to book: Tickets available from City Sightseeing's shop in Oxford railway station, the Bodleian Libraries ticket office, or at the Oxford Castle and Prison's ticket desk.


Image of Old Schools Quad, Bodleian Library

Audio tour

Follow the history of the Bodleian Library from its birth through to the present with a tour of the spectacular architecture.
What you'll see: External quadrangles and the 15th-century Divinity School.
Length: 40 minutes
Price: Single £2.50, Family (2 adults & 3 children under 15 yrs) £6
Times: Monday-Saturday: 9:00-16:00
Sunday: 11:00-16:00
How to book: Purchase on the day at the Great Gate ticket office.
Important notes and accessibility.

Image of Divinity School, Bodleian Library

Divinity School

This splendid medieval room is the oldest teaching hall and earliest examination hall of the University.
What you'll see: 15th-century Divinity School
Length: 10 minutes
Price: £1
Times: Monday-Saturday: 9:00-17:00
Sunday: 11:00-17:00
How to book: Purchase on the day at the Great Gate ticket office.
Important notes and accessibility.

Image of roof line of Clarendon Building, Bodleian Library

History trail

A leaflet where Thomas Bodley takes your family on a trail around the Bodleian Libraries and teach you about the history of this world famous location.
What you'll see: 15th-century Divinity School, historic quadrangles, Weston Library
Length: 40 minutes
Price: £3.50 (adults + child), £4.50 (2 adults + 1 child), £5 (2 adults + 2 children)
Times: Monday-Saturday: 9:00-17:00
Sunday: 11:00-17:00
How to book: Purchase on the day at the Great Gate ticket office.
Important notes and accessibility.
Suitable for children aged 5 - 11.

Guided tours - please note

  • Guided tours are in English
  • All tours include a number of stairs and some walking
  • It is advisable for groups to book in advance
  • The routes and times of tours may change - check with staff
  • Only children 11 years and over are admitted on guided tours into the library
  • Visitors are asked to leave all bags, including ladies handbags, in secure lockers for the duration of all Bodleian Library tours
  • Advance booking online is subject to a £1 booking fee per transaction
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