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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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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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The filppin Magna Carta!

I love Books and History and this place celebrates some of the greatest documents and manuscripts ever! See The Magna Carta, original lyric documents of the Beatles, the original... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love Books and History and this place celebrates some of the greatest documents and manuscripts ever! See The Magna Carta, original lyric documents of the Beatles, the original Alice in Wonderland and more. The building is a bit utilitarian, it is not pretty but Hey! You can't judge a book...

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Vineland, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In addition to the magna carta an other famous documents, books and sheet music, the British Library puts on regular exhibits. When we were there it was Alice In Wonderland and was quite a fascinating exhibition.

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North Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The rare treasures here are quite astounding - original pieces by Leonardo Da Vinci and letters by Elizabeth 1st. Ancient sacred texts going back to 600AD- stunningly beautiful. Very special

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Belg en France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice and unique pieces around lewos caroll beautiful exhibition with original pieces...salvator dali was impressive

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Flintshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have been twice, the ancient illuminated books exhibition was stunning. You could go at your own pace and see a massive range of manuscripts. Plenty to see and admire.

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Attending a short event I was surprised that the seating was tiered rows rather than round tables. However the theatre style set up was ideal for the event and the intimate size of 400 or so just right for creating a good atmosphere. Canapés and drinks were of a high standard and the staff excellent. I'd attend again and recommend... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Entrance to the Library is free, It's a great way to meet new people, access free internet and to treat your museum fix! I think this library is probably the best among other libraries Although, the facility does not have a printing machine; it's free wi-fi, good (free) exhibitions , the unique study spaces rock! I highly recommend it! :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Alice in Wonderland exhibition was worthwhile. The kids loved it! But even more interesting were the illuminated manuscripts. These are also available online on their website. The Codex Sinaiticus is on display and is one of the two earliest copies of the Christian Bible. There is a nice cafe upstairs with reasonably priced food.

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Hod Hasharon, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fantastic artifacts and collections. Interesting temporary exhibits. Fine facilities for researchers. Excellent bookstore for book related gift. .

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Linthicum, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I visited here on a Tuesday night when the library is open until 8:00 PM. My journey on the Tube at rush hour took far longer than I expected, and I got here only an hour before closing. Fortunately, the Treasures collection can be viewed in that time. Of course I wanted to see the Magna Carta, the Gutenberg Bible,... More 

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