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British Library

96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, England
+44 1937 546060
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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 11:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, England
+44 1937 546060
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Reviewed yesterday

What an amazing building with the feel of an overgrown campus library, but is so much more. We went on a group tour which is goood value for an hour plus of fascinating background and exploration of the behind the scenes workings. Also worth taking...More

Thank TonyRoJo
Reviewed yesterday

Go. All day. Do every room. Every single thing in this wonderful museum is worth seeing. Do a section, grab a coffee, do some more, have a jam and cream scone, see some more. Don't forget the Japanese stuff on the top floor or the...More

Thank 60Rach87
Reviewed 3 days ago

I don't know about you, but there's something special about seeing, or hearing or viewing in other parts of the library, original documents that have been so significant in the history of our planet. The ongoing exhibit of treasures is free, including a few that...More

Thank Bucky1836
Reviewed 3 days ago

Make a stop here, it is well worth it. The permanent exhibition of Magna Carta and historical documents is very interesting.

Thank Birgitte B
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to the library to see the Harry Potter exhibition. The exhibition was ok but not worth the price if you ask me (16£). If you want to see it you need to book tickets in advance since they get sold out quickly. The...More

Thank Nicholas N
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Brilliant exhibits, fascinating memorabilia and a wonderful set design. This is a must for Harry Potter fans. My only complaint was the shop shut before we were finished and so we were unable to purchase any merchandise

Thank Alyson S
Reviewed 5 days ago

The British Library is an amazing building, a huge engineering project to start with and then the collections are mind-blowing! We visited the exhibition on the first floor which contains a selection of items from different times and countries, all beautifully set out. The Lindisfarne...More

Thank a2lmie
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visited the Harry Potter history of magic exhibition with my family. We are visiting from Australia. First of all the exhibition was great- very interesting collection of things/artefacts. However there were far too many people in the room at once to be able to see...More

2  Thank Lorna W
Reviewed 1 week ago

British Library is supposedly the biggest library in the UK. It contains very many books. It is however situated in an extremly busy and polluted part of Inner City London. If you wish to enter the Reading room for purposes of specialised study you will...More

1  Thank lazenlondonuk
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had some time to kill before my train left Kings Cross (a few minutes walk away) so I visited the part of the British Library that displays ancient manuscripts. It was amazing : original manuscripts by Handel, da Vinci to name but two and...More

1  Thank Ged C
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13 January 2018|
Response from bazonian2015 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is free. i think you have to pay if you wanted to go to the Harry Potter Exhibition.
6 January 2018|
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Response from Davidfirving | Reviewed this property |
The library always has an exhibition on. Ticket entry only. Worth while turning up. You never know.
20 December 2017|
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Response from Methymna | Reviewed this property |
it is unlikely to pose a problem for a minor.