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British Library
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US$123.07*
and up
Private Custom Tour: London in a Day
Ranked #47 of 1,726 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 1 August 2014

This is IT. This is the global collection that only the Brits could assemble over hundreds of years. The Collection is the Best of Everything, and not limited to English.

They have kindly arranged the key holdings in one large room. It starts with the famous Beowulf document from nearly 1,000 years ago. Move slowly around the cases, and you shall see Chaucer, Shakespeare, music by Handel, Bach, Beethoven, and the Beatles. Sound recordings from early times, and of key events. TV video from old times and key events..... you get the idea. It is a very large collection, and they tried to pack the top elements into one exhibit. You can easily spend the entire day in the room.

Even wandering the hallways can be fun -- they have the world's more incredible Stamp collection from distant places and times to view.

Caution - do not eat there. The café is less than you expect from British museums. Just go locally to one of many places. Admission to the Museum is FREE, so you can return easily.

Also note -- the large gift shop is dangerous! Too many things to buy and cram onto the plane home!!

Thank PhilViking
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Went again with a European visitor. She didn't have a lot of time but would have liked to see at least one exhibition and browse the shop.
Of necessity she had her cabin luggage size case, we were stopped anyway by Iron Maiden with attitude. On enquiry she said lockers were downstairs. We're elderly, we groaned. Well, there is a lift she said. By then we didn't care. We took turns to sit outside while the other looked at the foyer and shop.
As I exited I was struck by the hostile demeanour of the security(?) men on the door. Oh dear! Welcome to Britain for Eurostar voyagers? Why doesn't the Museum open a Portakabin facility for baggage and make money from the charges? It could be in the courtyard as they already allow a "snack shack" and tables.

Thank nodrog137
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

This is where you want to go to see many of the famous documents in British history. They have the Magna Carta, handwritten Beatles lyrics, and everything in between. It's a real working library but also has a museum aspect to it. I would also suggest checking out the stamps that they have, it's a magnificent collection of the British Isles and colonies.

Thank mja1982
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

I went recently with my sister to see the Comics Unmasked exhibition. We only intended to kill an hour or so before dinner, but got so into it that we spent 3 hours there, only leaving because the building was shutting! Interesting not only for comic book fans, but anyone with an appreciation of art and the different ways people can express themselves.

Thank Emma882014
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Long story short, we didn't make it as far as the library itself, but instead spent 15 minutes in the gift shop. I thought it was wonderful: well stocked with lots of interesting books, cards and whatnot, plus massive lollies for the kids. Very friendly staff, too.

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