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British Library

96 Euston Road | St Pancras, 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
+44 1937 546060
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Reviewed yesterday

If you're in London and you're a history fan, you've got to stop in the British Library's manuscripts room to check out one of the Magna Cartas. While in the Library, just marvel at the shear size!

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Reviewed yesterday

Gorgeous interior with now a good cafe. John Ritblats exhibition hall on the ground floor is a marvel. And lots of opportunities for students - a superb addition to Londonl.

Thank 28hannah2017
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Recently went to the British Library on the recommendation of a friend. As an avid reader and a lover of history I was a huge fan of the Treasures Room. Original notebooks from some of the world's most famous composers, an original copy of the...More

Thank gabbinabby
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

First time visit to see the British Library. Very helpful member of staff on main desk told us all about the family friendly exhibitions they had and also gave us a children's trail booklet. Some amazing things to see such as Magna Carta, original Shakespeare...More

Thank SteveM999_12
Reviewed 2 days ago

Fountains of Knowledge just pouring out at you from all directions. Permanent exhibition in Sir John Ritblat Gallery is well laid out with rare manuscripts divided by sections on Classical Music, Famous Authors, Renowned scientists, Explorers, Scriptures and a room dedicated to Magna Carta. Allow...More

Thank Ranu M
Reviewed 2 days ago

I went with the idea of just seeing the da Vinci notes and sketches that I'd heard were in the Treasures gallery, but there's so much else going on! There was a free exhibition on homosexuality and the changes in UK law from the 1890s...More

Thank Lauren G
Reviewed 2 days ago

Go to the website first if you want to make use of the reading rooms, leave yourself a lot of time as you will discover things you never knew you were going to become obsessed with

Thank Zfer
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My wife and I did the tour of the British Library last weekend. It consisted of a brief history of the design and build, including a trip outside to the front Piazza for a view of the architecture, the registration room (where you become a...More

Thank Tony C
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you have an hour to spent look at the special collection of very special historic book and documents....

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have always thought about visiting the British Library when I am in London but have always run out of time before we managed to get there so this time we decided to make the trip on the first day of our holiday. From start...More

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Response from MissTwiggley | Reviewed this property |
The librarians and docents are knowledgeable and very helpful. If you have time, you could make a stop early in your trip to discuss options and while there reserve books for a later visit.
16 October 2016|
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Response from annaha | Reviewed this property |
No, I don't think so. This is a serious research library. I don't know libraries with children's programs.
12 June 2016|
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Response from RevPaul | Reviewed this property |
I would have thought that 30 minutes wouldn't be enough - probably 45 minutes to 1 hour depending how quickly you read and assimilate information.