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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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96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, England
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+44 1937 546060
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"magna carta"
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"gutenberg bible"
in 135 reviews
"historical documents"
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"treasures room"
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"alice in wonderland"
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"beatles lyrics"
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"jane austen"
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"on display"
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"lindisfarne gospels"
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"book lovers"
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"illuminated manuscripts"
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"love books"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A visit to London should include the British National Library. It is very close to the St Pancreas Tube/Train station, and close to several good local pubs. The library has changing exhibits of the highest quality, and interest. What really stands out are the permanent...More

Thank Frank G
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I visited yesterday. Obtaining a reader s ticket took about half an hour because i did have a passport and ID. Once i had the readers ticket i was sent to humanities. their reception desk was unmanned, so i was sent downstairs. I was told...More

Thank Vincent D
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Original log books, journals, charts of Cook's three explorations along with paintings of animals and flora and indigenous people. Amazing to find out what the people on these voyages saw and experienced.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Be there first thing in the morning, before the lots of crowds destroy you. Follow the yellow marks on the brochure. You can see the best of the museum in one hour.

Thank kolyiken
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went in n we didn't know anything about it. We got tickets for the exhibit on the day and went round, it was great all the inspiration for the books, JK Rowling's Notes and original Jim Kay artwork.

Thank katiemontford97
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is an absolute 'must' for all interested in collections, archives, books and all other associated things. It is a wonderful library housing over 170 million items and it is a legal deposit library thus holding all published works of the United Kingdom and many...More

Thank profjoypc
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The treasures of the British Library room is one of the most fascinating places I’ve ever been to. I’m a huge book nerd so seeing these original old books is a dream come true. We had lunch at the restaurant and the whole place was...More

Thank llamall
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I just visited the new exhibition on Cook's voyages. This is a lazy and unquestioning politically correct show. You end up learning nothing either about this great explorer or about the rich and complex civilisations of the lands he conquered for the crown. The exhibition...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went especially to see the new exhibition on James Cook's voyages, commemorating 250 years of the first sailing. This is a subject we are interested in, and were fascinated and surprised by the depth of material on display, journals, paintings and maps. All is...More

Thank Madalyn H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is one of the biggest libraries in the world and is definitely worth the visit. The free exhibition "treasures of the british library" is full of fascinating relics. The building on itself has a fantastic architecture and the cafe is very cosy.

Thank natesmith2311
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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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