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Address: 96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
Phone Number: +44 1937 546060
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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
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Open to all visitors seven-days-a-week, this superb building by Sir Colin...

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.

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The library was recommended to me by a university professor. The library houses an impressive collection of rare and one of a kind historical items which are priceless.

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Brandon, Manitoba
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The library was recommended to me by a university professor. The library houses an impressive collection of rare and one of a kind historical items which are priceless.

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Bursa, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Where can you see original Beatles lyrics, Handel's handwritten Messiah, and the Magna Carta for FREE? The Treasures Room at the British Library! Give yourself 1-2 hours and enjoy this amazing space#

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Bristol UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This little café could have traded on its unbeatable ambience and served up any old rubbish. In fact it is really quite good with a pleasant helpful team. The sandwiches are obviously bought in and the glasses of prepared mixed fruit are pretty ubiquitous in airports across the world, but these seemed marginally superior. The café offers "A readers menu"... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is a special room devoted to some of the most important works since antiquity, and this room is a must-see for anyone devoted to history. Not to be missed if you are in London!

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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If your nerdery lies in literature, history, music, and/or applied arts, the collection of manuscripts on display in the main exhibit hall of the library should be a pilgrimage site for you. In addition to Shakespeare first editions, da Vinci's notebook, and the Magna Carta, there are manuscripts of Mozart, Beethoven, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Thomas Hardy, etc. There is also... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You might not think it worth visiting, but the old books and manuscripts on display under subdued lighting here are very impressive. Will enchant all but the really young. The gift shop has a great range, mostly books (obviously) and book-related objects.

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This isn't just a library but a collection of important books and manuscripts. So don't think you are going to borrow a book! There are permanent exhibitions of historical documents from music, literature and art that will blow your mind. Don't miss the Magna Carta. And even if you aren't a philatelist you can still enjoy the permanent display of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The British library is much more than one of the most important libraries in the world, it is also a great place to see good exhibitions, to have a coffee and to use Internet for free.

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Ithaca, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is another of this city's amazing institutions -- we just had time to do a detailed tour of the Punk exhibition (which is small) and a quick "survey" of the Treasures -- determining to come back. The treasures include both domestic and international items -- paper and bound -- so it is not just books. (Example, it was great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Actually the library isn't just my favourite place in London but also my favourite library in the world. Apart from the treasures stored in the Asian and African Studies Reading Room where I spend my time, I enjoy exhibitions on occasion (e.g., Alice in Wonderland in December 2015) and thrill at the sight of literary artefacts such as the Magna... More 

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