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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 918 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, History Museums, Traveler Resources, 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...
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
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Attraction details
Type: Libraries, History Museums, Traveler Resources, Museums
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, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

although the place was clean and tidy ,i found it was expensive ,, but seeing where this place was situated it was only to be expected

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The British Library is somewhat of a disappointment from the outside - certainly a more modern construction and not a historical building. However, once inside there are certainly some amazing things to see: many original books and letters, amazing stamps and some interesting temporary exhibits. It's not set up nor great for kids which should be borne in mind if... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Fairy useless (for us). We visited early January 2015 to see the 'world famous' Magna Carta. Apparently it was not available for viewing because it is being united with the other versions, and so it was not viewable. Thy have only had 800 years to get it ready, and rather than let everyone see the united charters, they have apparently... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

The beautiful building that houses the lovely relics that the library has is bright, well staffed and a joy to visit. As it's free, and has unique antiquities that are wonderful to behold, it is a definite must for a visit to Central London!

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Visited the Gothic exhibition. This was superb. Thrilling to see MR James' manuscript in particular, plus those by Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley... a very interesting subject which will spur us on to read more gothic horror books. So please we caught it before it closed. The permanent exhibits are wonderful to see as well in the public exhibition space.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I liked the history of the collections. Where else can you see the Magna Carta, a Gutenburg Bible, the score from "Messiah", and the napkin that "Here Comes the Sun" was written on?

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Newquay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

After reading that the Magna Carta was on display at the British Library I was on a mission to get there and see it especially as this is an anniversary year for it. Staying in Uxbridge it was quite the train hopping excursion. Thankfully its just down the road from St Pancras Kings Cross Station. When I got there I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

One room in the Library has a Guttenberg bible, Leonardo Da Vinci notebooks, and the Magna Carta, along with various other documents of similar age and importance. Allow an hour to read the descriptions. During my visit, the Magna Carta was off display.

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I love the Library of Congress in DC so I looked forward to the British Library. The building is modern but tastefully nestled into its space by St. Pancras and the entrance is inviting. Because of time, I was only able to spend a couple of hours in the historical documents exhibit, but what a wonderful few hours: Mozart, Beatles,... More 

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Geelong
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

With great enthusiasm our party turned up for what had been advertised as a discovery of the librarie's history, collections and architecture. Instead we got a prolonged description of the administrative processes for gaining a card and becoming a reader. We saw the staff offices and the machine for sending books through the system. At £8 pp this was disgraceful.... More 

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