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British Library

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Address: 96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
Phone Number: +44 1937 546060
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tue 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wed - Fri 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Description: Open to all visitors seven-days-a-week, this superb building by Sir Colin...
Open to all visitors seven-days-a-week, this superb building by Sir Colin St John Wilson offers events, special exhibitions and a Treasures Gallery that displays over 200 items, including Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible and lyrics by the Beatles.
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Amazing display of original Magna Carta

We visited here to see the Magna Carta exhibition which was fabulous. Booking was easy and the staff were very helpful. On the morning of the visit, there were queues round the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We visited here to see the Magna Carta exhibition which was fabulous. Booking was easy and the staff were very helpful. On the morning of the visit, there were queues round the block but it was very well organised and we were quickly in and at no point was there any feeling of being rushed

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Even if you are not doing literary research, the BL always some interesting exhibit, in addition to the permanent "Treasures of the BL" exhibit. And the shop is fun, too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I know the library doesn't immediately sound like a big tourist attraction but the incredible sense of history from these documents and maps is astounding. To see the original scores by Puccini or Bach, or to see the original Beatles lyrics to Help; the last piece of correspondence written by Nelson that he says he will finish after the battle.... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit. We saw the Magna Carta exhibition, which was very informative with plenty of historical documents and quotes relevant to Magna Carta. a very thoughtfully composed exhibition - in fact, the lead up to the document was more interesting than the document itself. The Sir John Riblatt Treasures of the British library (free admission) was also extremely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We had the pleasure of visiting the Magna Carta exhibit this summer while in London. It was fascinating to see the copies of the Magna Carta that still exist! It was also a pleasure, being from the U.S., to see Thomas Jefferson's copy of the Declaration on Independence and Delaware's copy of the Bill of Rights as part of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Millions of books. The rare books collection is wonderful. Original manuscripts hundreds of yrs old, plus original scores from composers. Lots of people on computers. I understand you can apply to read a book there. The Magna Carta is a ticketed event

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I've probably had my pass for the reading rooms here for over 12 years or so, and this gem of a library has aided me achieving an MA, helped me write numerous academic papers and is currently assisting me in my doctorate. I'm a fan of the very polite staff as well and there is always a reasonable (if a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We were fortunate to be in London during the last week's of the BL's amazing exhibit celebrating the 800th anniversary of the first Magna Carta. My husband and I learned so much and were astonished by the quality of all the museum has, borrowed and presented. My 9 year old son thought the children's audio tour was really fun and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Visited the Magna Carta exhibition and LOVED it - it gives a good background to the years before John's reign and masses of very varied information about its impact over the centuries, not just on Britain and the Commonwealth but also the US. Some of the Medieval exhibits are fairly regularly exhibited but set the scene really well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

So much to see here. Like nothing I have ever seen before. 3 copies of the Magna Carta! There were some books written by DaVinci on display. At different times someone came out and turned the pages!

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