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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Main attraction until 28 August 2018 is the terrific exhibition 'James Cook - The Voyages'! Lovely big spacious building, with a snack bar on the first floor and great book shop on the ground floor. Lots of seating.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Excellent James Cook Exhibition. Very informative and very well put together with maps, clips, diaries and endless information. Thank you British Library for providing the public with this magnificent piece of History. Well done to all the staff and their research they put into this...More

Thank Elliot S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm an avid reader and I do like history too so I'm not sure why I had never been here before. I found myself in the area over the weekend and thought I'd take a look. There is not much here for tourists and as...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Visiting a library on a vacation may not seem like a high priority unless you are a book fanatic like I am, but the British Library is really a London must do. Original copies of the bible, Shakesphere, Di Vinci, BEATLES handwritten lyrics, and SO...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The facility is impressive. Staff is helpful. Gift shop has many interesting items related to British literature. Well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent a very enjoyable and interesting 3 hours following James Cook round the world. What an amazing man! And to be able to read his own diary and the ship’s log was beyond delight but then I am a bit of a geek when...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in the neighbourhood. Our friend said we had to. Treasures indeed ! Shakespeare, Woolf, Austen, Wilde! The Quran, the Gutenberg Bible, the Magna Carta. That’s enough for basically one large, darkly lit room. No photos. Even a brief visit leaves one in awe.

1  Thank Don B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of our favorites in London. There are exhibits of some of the most famous writings in history, from Shakespeare to Magna Carta, to drafts of The Beatles songs. Over 1,000 years of English literature is available to see!They are beautifully displayed and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Became a member of the British Library and had a tour around the exhibits and reading rooms. Hoping to use the library for research whilst at university.

Thank Steve W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

For over a decade I've been dropping into the British Library to study, see the permanent collection, use the loos, get a drink, see the exhibitions, pass a bit of time. The building is consistently immaculate, well managed, and carefully curated. Every exhibition I've been...More

1  Thank Kathryn S
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portsmouth10
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
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portsmouth10
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.
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mele48
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.
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