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Address: Thorpe Arch Park, Wetherby LS23 7BQ, England

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Treasures in the British Library are not just for lovers of literature

Reservations for the temporary exhibition were recommended, but unnecessary at 10 a.m. During our visit, "Shakespeare in Ten Acts" told the story of his life, career... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Corona del Mar, California
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Corona del Mar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Reservations for the temporary exhibition were recommended, but unnecessary at 10 a.m. During our visit, "Shakespeare in Ten Acts" told the story of his life, career, collaborations, productions, recent stagings, and even forgeries by others. Based on the excellence of this exhibition I recommend viewing the temporary galleries at the British Library. Afterwards, immerse yourself in the documents that reflect... More 

Thank dandd2016
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This is such a fascinating place to visit! Our guided tour took us to view the automated book retrieval system which is robot driven and continuously on the move then onto digital document scanning. There is a café on site which I did not visit. You will need to book in advance for any tours as security is quite tight.... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

A stunning entry into the key elements of the British concept of justice! The story of a King sowing the seeds of his own destruction, deceit with Pope Innocent III, and the inevitable show down with local nobility, with a further twist. Then all the documents for the eye to see. The original agreement between the King and nobles, two... More 

Thank westcoastfoodee
Tadcaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The restaurant at The British Library caters for both staff and visitors with a range of home made soups and other dishes, prices and portions are reasonable

1 Thank Robin B
Dunwoody, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We had a treat as Americans visiting London this past month. On display at the British Library were 3 of the 4 remaining Magna Cartas AND an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights! SO amazing to see

Thank Stephanie H
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Several reviewers made a mistake but this is not the magnificent one in London, but a smaller one in West Yorkshire. I went to Boston Spa BL to read some books. They have books in "document supply" in BL catalogue, if I remember correctly. The buildings were new, quiet and comfortable. The canteen doesn't look so fabulous but super-cheap. Lunch... More 

Thank ayu_sweetfish
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The reading room is a great place for some quiet study, even if you don't need the book delivery service. I accessed academic papers here which would have cost more via my University library. The restaurant is also extremely well priced for a quick lunch, but it is utility rather than a fancy place.

Thank John P
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

Went with the local Civic society, we were welcomed with open arms. Shown all around this fantastic establishment, warts & all, just fantastic. The system that they operate is "out of this world" - tel call requesting a book, seconds later the item is on it's way. Unbelievable.. Thankyou for a terrific day out.

Thank Mal167
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

Try to find time to see the literary works at this library such as the original Canterbury Tales. Easy walk from the metro station to the library. Also a cute area for a bite to eat, sidewalk cafe's etc.

2 Thank James Z
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

This is a great service, thousands of books, thousands of articles, there is nothing better than this place.

Thank BobHarrington

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