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British Library

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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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96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, England
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The British Library is a working research library, but it also houses a spectacular collection of documents, from penned music from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and others, to the Magna Carta, to illuminated manuscripts, to handwritten lyrics by the Beatles. And in the center of the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You may have to be a person who gets your jollies out of looking at old books to love the Treasures Room of the British Library, but as a card-carrying member of the Love-Looking-at-Old-Books Club I can wholeheartedly recommend an hour or so pouring over...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank SyrinxSounds
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Treasures of the British Library is the best free exhibit I have ever seen. The history of books and printed media is covered from the Magna Carta to the Beatles. Early bibles, handwritten letters, the exhibit is compact but filled with interesting bits of...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank mjligon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Attended a conference here in the knowledge centre theatre. Networking/exhibition area was too small for the exhibitors and volume of guests. Food at lunch was very good and staff great. Ridiculous queue for ladies toilet due to broken loos however quickly fixed for next coffee...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank CJ0hnst0n
Reviewed 1 week ago

The tourist publications recommend a visit to the British Library to see the Treasures room. This is undoubtedly worth seeing. Many illuminated manuscripts and treasures on display in a dimly lit room. Otherwise there is little else to see, and no-one to give adequate advice....More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank K M
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very modern building alongside Euston Station, there’s a pleasant square out the front that even looks as though it has a bar for the warmer weather. Inside the architecture is quite impressive in a modern sort of way, and the central Kings Library is...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The proximity of the British Library to Kings Cross and Euston should mean it’s perfectly placed for a quick coffee or business meeting. It’s not. You’ll need to queue for at least five minutes to get through security on the main door. The cafes look...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank David M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The British Library's incredibly expansive selection of historic documents is a must see. Can't vouch for the rest of the Library but we were certainly feel we got our money's worth (it's free!)

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The historical items are amazing and are all grouped in one room making a visit easy and fascinating. Don’t miss it.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank PerthLyn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Never have I been to a place where, from the first five minutes and onwards, I’ve been made to feel like a nuisance. From the “helper” that told me to read the sign on the wall when I asked for directions, to the reading room...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Newell M
October 29, 2018|
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Response from bruce620 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is in the Treasures of … section. I would check the web site to make sure of the opening hours. Hope you enjoy it!
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portsmouth10
July 6, 2018|
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Response from whomewhy | Reviewed this property |
Portsmout - I haven't been on one, but looked this up on a search engine, "DuckDuckGo" which came straight up with the website of the British Library and it's tours. They are only done in certain months of the year and... More
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portsmouth10
July 6, 2018|
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Response from FRANKG899 | Reviewed this property |
Nothing much to add. There was a small fee for the Cook exhibit, but the rest was free.
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