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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 yesterday

The hand written manuscript of Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan.” Jane Austin’s precise and readable handwriting. Mozart’s Thematic Catalogue and Beethoven’s “Pastoral Symphony. The manuscript of “Beowulf” and the only surviving copy of “Gawain and the Green Knight.” The Magna Carta, Shakespeare’s First Folio, The Gutenberg Bible...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This is an incredible resource. We were blown away by what is here and how well it is displayed. Examples: Gutenberg Bible, Magna Carta, all of Shakespeare in one volume, one of a kind hand drawn manuscripts, original scores by famous composers, original items from...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The written word is probably Britain’s greatest cultural contribution and treasure. You get an overview of it all here, from the Codex to Monty Python, From the Magna Carta to the Beatles. It is a free 90 minutes well spent.

Thank Wesley H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Yes, only in London can you find the most interesting and academically challenging Museums and Galleries. BUT, the British Library is a combination of them all and must not be missed if you value your past history. The treasures room is all you need to...More

Thank MChristine72
Reviewed 3 days ago

The British Library is an incredible place to visit. It is an outstanding modern building and contains a vast and unique collection of literature. You cannot but be impressed by entering this place. Head for the 'Treasures of the British Library' where there is a...More

Thank DGarethOwen
Reviewed 3 days ago

At first it's overwhelming, but give yourself time to visit the various rooms in this building. Shakespeare's statute is fabulous. The Terrace outside is lovely, even if you don't need anything to eat or drink, just to relax and reflect.

Thank simivalley1699
Reviewed 3 days ago

Had a very good lunch at the Terrace Restaurant, where I haven't eaten in years. The menu choice and quality is much better than I remember. Opted for one of the hot lunches, and couldn't believe how much food was on my plate - all...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I took a friend visiting London to the British Library, and we ate in the Restaurant. We were very pleased to find vegan, veggie and healthy meals in an attractive quiet setting at affordable prices.

Thank Ann-Marie W
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are anywhere near this museum, even if you only have 30 minutes, you NEED to visit this amazing museum. We only had time to check out the Treasures Room and it was absolutely incredible. So much to see in a small space! We...More

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Sue A, Manager at British Library, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your fantastic feedback. We are so pleased to hear of how much you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve been twice before and today I took another hour plus to visit The Treasures Room. The documents on display never disappoint. The highlight of today was that I read the entire Magna Carta. Well worth the effort. There are 4 remaining and 2 are...More

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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 Frank G | Reviewed this property |
Nothing much to add. There was a small fee for the Cook exhibit, but the rest was free.
4 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.