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British Library

96 Euston Road | St. Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
+44 843 208 1144
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Ranked #59 of 1,041 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Libraries, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Owner description: Please note: The Treasures Gallery is closed for refurbishment from 14 Feb to 7 Mar 2014 Open to all visitors, this superb building by Sir Colin St... more » Owner description: Please note: The Treasures Gallery is closed for refurbishment from 14 Feb to 7 Mar 2014 Open to all visitors, this superb building by Sir Colin St John Wilson offers events, temporary exhibitions and a Treasures Gallery that displays over 200 items, including Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible and lyrics by the Beatles. « less
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

It was only by chance I went to the treasures exhibition at the British Library having read about it on tripadvisor and I’m glad I did. The hall is dimmed to protect the documents and everywhere you go there is history in the written word. For an English history buff looking at the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle was spine-tingling, but a Wycliffe... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I read a review that British Library is the best place to study! I had the worst experience ever.. I need to study for my exams so i wanted to change the place. I went to BL. Firstly, I spend more than half an hour looking for a place to plug my laptop, which i have not found after all.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I love libraries so im going to be biased and give it a full rating, but it is a gorgeous building inside and there is so much to see, i was like a kid in a candy store! The best bit was there was an exhibition and the Magna Carta was on display! I learnt so much from this exhibition,... More

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london county hall
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Head for the sir John Riblat section its full of fascinating literature. You don't have to have too great an interest in books to enjoy this. The composers musical scores were fascinating. One of the most popular things to look at were the lyrics of some Beatles songs written by Paul and John. Another great interest was the first draft... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This small library is free and has an astounding collection--an original Magna Carta, Lady Jane Grey's prayer book, Christian Bibles galore, Beatles lyrics, and more. Easy on the feet--one hour is sufficient.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The treasures of the British Library are magnificent. Two of the four existing copies of the Magna Carta, documents by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Churchill, Newton. Music manuscripts by some of the greatest composers (including the Beatles). Exquisite manuscripts. Often overlooked, but well worth a visit. Don't miss the exhibit on book conservation.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I am not easily awed, but confess to feeling both awed and humbled when visiting the exhibition of priceless cultural heritage treasures at the British Library. Where else could one see originals of drawings by DaVinci and Michelangelo, hand-written music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and Mozart, manuscripts of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens? If the giants of literature... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

because there is nowhere to sit because of people with laptops hogging the tables (and even bringing in their own food). Priority should be for people eating at the cafe. Annoying. But we enjoyed the exhibits, they are fascinating...

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Aldershot, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The British Library looked interesting when we came in. Very formal, very tidy and full of history. I was excited to look around at all of the books through history but we didn't come for that. All we did was look at the Science Museum stuff for the younger children for the entirety of the time. Being a mid teenager,... More

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We looked forward to our Saturday visit and had booked a 3pm tour paying £13 for the two of us. We expected the major part of the tour to be in the 'treasures' exhibition which is free to all visitors. We expected a well informed guide for this section. The tour started late because a small party were late. The... More

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