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British Library

96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
+44 1937 546060
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Ranked #52 of 1,085 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: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I liked the collection of books but all are for reference. You can't borrow them. Also, ample place to sit/read/eat options for indoors/outdoors. Overall great place to study.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Most visitors will be happy to see the treasures of the library; these are worth browsing for an hour or two and contain both historical treasures and books of beauty, such as illustrated religious scriptures of many faiths. If you want to view a particular book beware that you need a reading pass which will require proof of identity and... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a must see in London, in my opinion. It was free! And I got to see so many cool, old documents. The old sacred texts/bibles were absolutely beautiful, and I loved seeing the Jane Austen manuscripts, and Beethoven and Bach's handwritten music. I wish I had spent more time there. But also you can browse through really quick... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I like to visit libraries in different countries. This one did not disappoint. I was in awe of the wonderful diversity of the items. Of course you expect to see the Magna Carta but there are so many other wonderful places to see. When I visited, they had an excellent exhibit on how propaganda is used by nations in wartime.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Did not initially intend to visit the British library, but was walking from Regent's Park to King's Cross Station and had a bit of time to spare, so decided to check it out. Did not regret it. Spent at least half an hour wandering around the Sir John Ritblat Treasures of the British Library Gallery, where various historical documents, most... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Most of the historically significant items, such as the Magna Carta, the original Beatles song manuscripts and other treasures are located in one large room. You can see it in about a half hour, if the lines aren't too long. Also, gaze up at the massive King George III library in a giant glass tower in the middle of the... More

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Yorkshire, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

On a weekend of celebrating my husband's 40th, I decided we'd end the trip here, as my husband is a huge comic book fan, and the exhibition on this looked right up his street (if not necessarily mine!). Also, having spent many years visiting London, I have somehow never managed to visit the library. What a pleasant surprise! The cloakroom... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

With half and hour to spare I thought I would escape the heat of London and headed to the air conditioned heaven that is the British Library just off the Euston Road and was blown away with what I found. Hidden within this modern brick building must be one of London's greatest treasures of antiquity - the most amazing collection... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is by far one of the greatest places to study, read, or just even relax! With great facilities such as reading rooms, study areas, wi-fi and cafes, this has to be one of the most thought provoking places to take your work, studying or reading to the next level! When you are there, explore and look for the Magna... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I often just pop in because I enjoy the architecture, the free exhibition which I always find interesting, and generally just being there. You don't have to be a researcher to use and enjoy this place. We treated ourselves to the Library Tour once and really enjoyed it, it was a fascinating insight to the way the Library works, and... More

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