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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
+44 1937 546060
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Reviewed today via mobile

Disappointing unless it’s quiet and you have time to read all the explanations and text. Stunning treasures , poorly curated exhibtion.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jan t
Reviewed today

Does anywhere else have signs on the gentle stairs at the entrance reading "STEPS"? Does the British Library really have visitors can both read and understand the word but not recognise the changes in level? After that it is plain sailing. This is a national...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Traditionaldiner
Reviewed today

Be sure to visit the gallery exhibitions...just check with the information desk, or look at the posters, to see what's showing. The second floor gallery space, is a hub of busy-ness, not just the industrious academics, who fill every corner of desk space....but, there is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed today via mobile

This stop was on our list of alternate options while in London. Other plans fell through and we ended up here. Holy. Cow. Don’t make my mistake. PUT THIS AT THE TOP OF YOUR LIST! Their “collection of treasures” is spectacular. It left me with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Free entrance. You see a lot of people studying and there are a lot of exhibitions. Nice place to visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank EriBrunette
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The British Library had been on my to-visit list for a while so when the opportunity arose I took it. The staff are very helpful - I informed the front desk staff that I was just visiting and they provided me with a map and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited the Anglo Saxon exhibition recently which was well curated and extensive, putting together a number of artefacts in an interesting chronological order which may never have been seen together before. The exhibition was busy and overall there were probably too many admitted for...More

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

Thr current Anglo-Saxon exhibition is a fanastic display explaining so much about these early times in the history of England.

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

A wonderful collection of artefacts that were well explained and presented in a logical order - if only you had sharp enough elbows to dig people out of the way so you could see them. Going on a term time week day with a timed...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TW1144
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Anglo-Saxon Exhibition should have been absolutely fabulous. The number , range and quality of the manuscripts was outstanding, well displayed in understandably low lighting. The problem, however, was the sheer number of people admitted. We had bought tickets for a Wednesday morning, thinking that...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Newell M
29 October 2018|
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Response from 666Francis | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry that I can’t answer your questions, I suggest you visit the British Library website. You really will not regret going there, it’s a wonderful library and uplifting venue
6 July 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
6 July 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.