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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 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing journey through history. Worth the fee to read and view historical books, artifacts, letters. The Doomsday Book still in one piece after all these years.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank drake1972
Reviewed 2 days ago

The was my second visit to the British Library (the first was for a Play for Today double bill about 15 years ago). It's situated right next to St Pancras Station so very easy to get to, and such a beautiful, huge building too! I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Georgy R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Another great visit. I never get bored of visiting the permanent exhibitions here and there was a fab. cat exhibition on during my visit. Staff are always very pleasant and it was easy to get a new pass to visit the reading rooms.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank durham05
Reviewed 5 days ago

The library is an incomparable resource for researchers although, since relocating to St Pancras, the threshold for acquiring a reader's ticket has been lowered to the extent that it is now as crowded on the inside as it is on the outside. Visitors, especially readers,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank name_alre4dy_taken
Reviewed 6 days ago

It had been five years since we last visited the British Library and the place was still as amazing as ever. The Cats display was very interesting and the Anglo Saxon exhibition was awesome. The Treasures room still had a wonderful array of manuscripts that...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wasn't sure whether to go because of a few reviews which said it could be crowded and very difficult to see the exhibits. I don't have a printer to print a ticket so I turned up on the last Thursday in November just before...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank stephen170
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Treasures displays are fantastic- Original manuscripts, illustrated Bibles and Korans, Beatles and Monty Python memorabilia the list goes on. And it’s free. You can pay and visit the Anglo Saxon exhibition which has even more goodies.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous collection of beautifully illuminated manuscripts. Was so impressed then joined library as a member so that I could return again and again.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Treasa-from-Thornton
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a quick visit recently - worth popping in if you're in the area. Good outdoor space with interesting statue. Thorough bag check on entrance may cause queue to develop but security is important and acceptable. Some options of exhibits - the ones free to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank hughseyboo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This exhibition was far too crowded for a timed entry event. Faced with a heaving first room we were advised by the staff at the desk that there was no 'right' way round and that we might find it quieter to start from the end....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Newell M
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Response from 666Francis | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry that I can’t answer your questions, I suggest you visit the British Library website. You really will not regret going there, it’s a wonderful library and uplifting venue
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 FRANKG899 | Reviewed this property |
Nothing much to add. There was a small fee for the Cook exhibit, but the rest was free.