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British Library

Address: 96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
Phone Number: +44 1937 546060
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Ranked #30 of 854 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, History Museums, Cultural
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...
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
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Attraction details
Type: Libraries, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Hours:
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
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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage

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York, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Visited with our daughters (aged 8 and 11) for a quick look at the highlights room. The room is not huge, we were there for about an hour but every item was an absolute must see and well worth studying. How can you top Magna Carta, the Lindisfarne Gospels, Nelson's last letter, Florence Nightingales notebook.... I could list them all!... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I visited the Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery, and there is an amazing amount of books and other items (original recordings from authors such as James Joyce reading excerpts of their works, original manuscripts of Beatles songs, and more). Had a great time looking at old Bibles, maps, books, and everything else in the room.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

This is a huge institute visited by thousands and with an extended staff. In general these people are professional and very helpful. But when applying for a readers ticket I was initially turned down because the documents to prove my address where not conform. Problem is that for British citizens it is easy to provide what is asked for, but... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

I have visited the British Library hundreds of times and am always polite to the staff when I visit, and every time the staff are polite, welcoming, and very helpfull. However, on the 10 th December 2014 I went to the Rare book section of the library and collected the books which I had pre -ordered the day before. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Went to see the artic exploration gallery so much more than i expected then the gothic exhibition which was more in depth over longevity than detail

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We took a tour of the British library recently while visiting London...highly recommend it. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable (having worked at the library for 36 years!) and he made the tour so interesting with unique facts and observations. If you love books and history, then you will truly enjoy the 1 1/2 hour. It's also located next to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I had been to the library many times, but this trip I needed to do some research and read some very old books. It is important to check the website whilst still at home, as they need not only photo ID, but evidence of 2 utility bills, such as gas, water etc showing your home address, even if in Australia.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

First, this is a real library and many students come here- the tourist attaction is in one large room- you can wander around the library but the other rooms are only if you have a member card. That said, I am so impressed by the scope of the documents- you see Leonardo DaVinci's hand written text & drawings (he wrote... More 

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Herford, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Popped in to see a small exhibition they had on, on the exploration of the Northwest Passage; the place has free wifi, an alright cafe and more books than you could ever read.

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Northern Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

If you plan in advance, you can arrange to see specific items from the catalogue collections. Otherwise The Treasures of the British Museum and King George III's library are incredible.

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