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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 1,153 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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: Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Not always at the top of the list of things to do in London, but it should be. Just so many amazing things to see. A handwritten letter from King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, original works by Chaucer and Shakespeare, and early copy of Beowulf. And on it goes. Fascinating!

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Abu Dhabi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

This is another institution we visit every time we are in London and each time we discover another treasure. The Magna Carta, letters written by Elizabeth 1, literary and musical manuscripts, rare religious manuscripts. We also enjoy lunch there.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Fantastic event, really enjoyed the show and the talk by Neil Gaiman and Tori Amos was brilliant. The party in the library later was amazing. Loved our visit.

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Modesto, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

If you love books like I do, then this is the place for you! Authors and Composers Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, Da Vinci, Mozart, you name them and they are here. Oh and God too! Lots of Bible manuscripts. Outstanding!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

We visited the Gothic Exhibition, our first visit to the British Library. The exhibition was very absorbing. Allow yourself at least two hours to experience it. The building itself was very imposing, we will be returning to explore more.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

On our last day in London, we left our bags at st. Pancreas station and walked one block to see an amazing collection of manuscripts, books and other masterpieces from letters to earliest printings. The collection included Magna Carta copy, Beatles notes, Jane Austen, Charles dickens, music from Handel, Bach, and Mozart, and a huge collection of religious books from... More

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North East UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I visited here today with my husband purely to see the Gothic exhibition they have on at the moment so this review isn't about the actual library but more their exhibitions. Booking office for the tickets located in the entrance hall, easy to find. We were actually approached my market research asking if we would be willing to take notes... More

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Cambridge, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

For a modern building, this is a high class structure. It should be considering the money and time spent on it. An excellent range of books and artefacts to examine. The big annoyance for me is the cafe and restaurant. It is taken over by students et al, using the tables for studying. Great because this is the purpose of... More

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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We loved seeing the Magna Carta and original manuscripts from Shakespear. There is also very nice sculptures in the establishment and a great pub across the street.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

When they were building the British Library you imagine the thought was how do we compete with the grandeur of St Pancras? A building which is close to Londoners hearts. The answer is they didn't. The red brick blends beautifully with it's neighbour. But what it doesn't tell you is how stunning the inside is. A great sweeping staircase and... More

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