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British Library

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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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96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, England
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"magna carta"
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"gutenberg bible"
in 135 reviews
"historical documents"
in 101 reviews
"treasures room"
in 99 reviews
"alice in wonderland"
in 84 reviews
"beatles lyrics"
in 77 reviews
"jane austen"
in 68 reviews
"on display"
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"the sir john ritblat gallery"
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"lindisfarne gospels"
in 45 reviews
"book lovers"
in 43 reviews
"illuminated manuscripts"
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"love books"
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"treasures gallery"
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"harry potter exhibition"
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"handel's messiah"
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Reviewed today

The British Library is the perfect place to soak in creativity with a beutiful glass container of ancient tomes to admire. I have been to many exhibitions over the years some of the highlights including the Alice in wonderland and Harry Potter exhibitions, some are...More

Thank James H
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Reviewed today

I've been to the British Library's Treasure Gallery on two different visits and both times, I leave feeling amazed at this collection. If you are at King's Cross/St Pancras, this place is a must stop. It's literally next door to the station. Where in one...More

Thank Dee K
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Reviewed today

Today I joined the British Library as a 'reader' - there is an expensive book I needed to which I knew from online that he library had. My son cautioned "they don't let you take a pen in, make you put everything in a locker...More

Thank Naomi E
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Magna Carta is on view and the rest of their museum, the treasuries room, is very well worth the trip and time.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was really looking forward to visiting the British Library and checking out the Treasures exhibition. Alas, despite several things I'd seen saying it was open until 8pm, I should have done more research as it turned out that although the library is open until...More

Thank embremner
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We arrived a couple of hours before closing time and could have spent a lot longer looking at the amazing books and writings that have had such a big impact on our world. We particularly liked the Magna Carta exhibit and being able to read...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We would never have thought to visit here had it not been so close to our hotel, we stayed right across the street and could see it from the breakfast room. We went on it's late night opening and it was fairly quiet, easy to...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We spent a few hours at the British Library and had a great time looking at historical documents, books and manuscripts. This was an experience of a lifetime. The only regret is that they do not allow pictures to be taken inside the treasures room,...More

Thank Michel P
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Entering the library is a great picture ... antiquarian books stacked several floors high. Highlight of our stop was the Treasures Collection... manuscripts from favorite authors, a Gutenberg Bible, the Lindisfarne Gospel, items from Newton -- a wide variety of great things to see. Loved...More

Thank RonL40
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Would never have thought to visit here as a tourist until it was recommended by our guide on another tour. The treasures gallery is a great way to spend a few hours (without small children!). We particularly enjoyed seeing the ancient Christian bibles, but there...More

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mele48
3 April 2018|
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Response from Matthias M | Reviewed this property |
This is entirely free and you can just walk in an out at your leisure.
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123luv456
13 January 2018|
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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.
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evelynemarty
6 January 2018|
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Response from maddieschindele | Reviewed this property |
Hi! You can see the library itself without a ticket (yet there is not much to see, for you need to be a registered reader in order to view any books). But you can explore the library (and it's many cafes) regardless. Sadly... More
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