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British Library

96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
+44 1937 546060
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Ranked #51 of 1,137 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We visited the British Library on Saturday morning. My sister and I had a few hours to pass. The lady on the information desk was most helpful and advised that we would only have time to cover the first floor and have a cup of tea, in our three hours. She was correct. We saw the Treasures of the British... More

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Palm Bay, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I went to view the Beatles manuscripts as part of a Beatles pilgrimage tour. It was amazing to see their minds at work.

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Cannes, France
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The magna carter, Alice in wonderland drafts and Beatles music just a few of the varied displays. Loved that access was free, easy and in a short period of time could see such a variety of special documents. Around the corner from tower hill.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We only went in the Ritblat gallery which houses the "Treasures of the British Library" and it was well worth it! From original DaVinci drawings, Handel's copy of the Messiah, original Beatles' lyrics to the Gutenberg bible, there was something amazing in every case. The Magna Carta was unfortunately not on display when we were there but there was so... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Sir John Ritblat Gallery of the British Library is fascinating. If your cup of tea is not history, but runs more along the lines of interactive attractions, this may not be for you. However, if you enjoy history there is a treasure trove of exhibits here. Everything from original of the Magna Carta to William Shakespeare notes to Beatle... More

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Oakland, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

In a new building about a mile away from the British Museum, the British Library is worth spending a couple of hours in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery to see the Gutenberg Bible, Beatles' lyric sheets, the Magna Carta, exerpts from Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Chaucer, DaVinci, Marx and more.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I LOVED this place! It has a ton of books and documents from history! When you walk in there is a bookshelf that goes from the first floor all the way to the top of the building that circles around the center of the building and It is FULL of books...It is the Kings Library!!!! He owned A LOT!!!!

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Florianopolis, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

If you love books as I do you can not miss this place. I was really facinated with the library. You find there very rare books from ancient times. If you`re a student I think it is a world to discover. I could spend hours and hours there ithout getting tired. It is a treasure of world-class collection. I reccomend... More

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I could spend days in here, and every time I visit, I end up leaving wishing I'd allow myself a little bit longer this time! There is always an exhibition or feature running for special interest topics, but the place is just awash with great finds.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Although the British Museum is probably better known among tourists, I would recommend seeing The British Library first. It is more manageable and you can see some truly incredible items in one large exhibit - The Treasures of the British Museum. It includes a Shakespeare First Folio, an original copy of Beowulf, manuscripts from The Beatles, Bach's score to the... More

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