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British Library

96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
+44 1937 546060
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Ranked #61 of 1,108 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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator
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Brisbane, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

As I was staying close by I went for a visit and was surprised that it didn't cost to enter the exhibit areas. I think the special exhibitions do have a cost but I didn't go there. The exhibition hall is quite small but is full of the most interesting items, documenting the English language, among others, with the most... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The British library has a good collection of art and literature on the world war. The best sight at this library is the continuous line of people working with their laptops on the first floor. This is almost always full. The experience would be more enriching if the visitor has a library pass. This is because of the enormous collection... More

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Frederick, Maryland
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

LOVED it except....not even remotely enough manuscripts are presented. Given what they have they need 10 times the room to display things. VERY disappointed that the Luttrell Psalter and Sumer is icumen in - both ICONIC mss were not on display. Incredible to me that they are not on display. - What is there is wonderful but knowing how much... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The British library is awesome! If you have any work to do, it's got all books from almost everywhere (so long as you are eligible for a readers pass) If you're not they still have exhibitions, view some of the oldest books around and when it's sunny there's a great courtyard to eat and play table tennis.. Good way to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I didn't think this was going to be much more that a copy of the Magna Carta(which was awesome) but I was surprised to see so much more, like original song lyrics from the John Lennon and such...very cool

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The British library is a modern building with air conditioning! That is a rarity in most buildings (museums) that we visited. But very much appreciated on a very warm summer day. We were there to visit the Treasures of the Ritblat Gallery. This is where the Magna Carta for display is located along with other wonderful literary works, religious, music... More

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

Dropped by to visit the First World War exhibition which was excellent. It quickly became evident that this massive building hosts more treasures than you can imagine. Must go back,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I had an hour to spare at Kings Cross so popped into the John Ritblat Gallery and am so glad I did. Magna Carta, Beowulf, Jane Austen's writing desk, letters written by Anne Boleyn, Nelson and Florence Nightingale all in one room.

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

This place is a must for any bookworm, lover of history, or anyone who enjoys culture and learning (or music). As other reviewers have mentioned, it's really the Sir John Ritblat Gallery (treasures) exhibition that makes this library amazing. You will see: the notes and Petri dish from when Alexander Felming discovered penicillin, handwritten lyrics to famous Beatles songs, letters... More

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Newtown, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

An amazing museum! The Magna Carter was the beginning of democracy! Excellent exhibit, spent an hour reading wonderful knowledge! The Audubon Book of birds was incredible. Bibles illustrated by monks were intricate and beautiful. A museum that will keep you enthralled for days!

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