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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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  • Average5%
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 20:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
+44 1937 546060
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Anyone who loves to read, enjoys history, has ever picked up a book to browse through its pages must visit the British Library. The special exhibits change but you will always find a sample of Shakespeare's plays written in his own hand, something from a...More

Thank pumpkinj2017
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My daughter and I had heard that the Treasures Room was very interesting to see so we made time out of our week long visit to London to check it out. Being able to look at these documents and books and hear the music were...More

Thank TravelinDebs
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited as had an hour to spare before train due and glad we did. The treasures of the library (Shakespeare text, Magna Carta, Beatles lyrics plus more) is a unique exhibition and a must see. The building itself is also worth a visit in itself.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I went with my wife and daughter (27) to view an excellent Exhibition on the Russian Revolution. It was very informative and well laid out. Lots of people, but still room to get close to exhibits and read the Notes. Lots of new info even...More

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I never tire of visiting the 'treasures' room - the collection of books and manuscripts on display is amazing. How about this small sample: 1) An illustration and explanation by Durer on the drawing of the human body. 2) A first edition of 'Paradise Lost'...More

Thank NorthEastnostromo
Reviewed 5 days ago

With every visit to London, we stop by the British Library. The treasured documents on display are so compelling -- from an original Magna Carta, to Beatles jotted lyrics, to doodles by daVinci, and letters from Queen Elizabeth I. It's amazing to view these documents...More

Thank Marita H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Okay I don't go to a lot of libraries but this doesn't stop me from saying this is the best library in the world. It should be on everyone's to do list when coming to London. The collection is incredible.

Thank Janisprice
Reviewed 6 days ago

I visited to see the Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty exhibition which is closing on Tuesday 19 September 2017. The exhibition is a summary of highlights of gay male but also lesbian issues since the 1895 trial of Oscar Wilde. Obviously a huge amount...More

Thank Pusia_10
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must visit place, between Euston and St Pancras Station, London. When you enter the premises, you have a huge open lounge, wonderfully designed, with food-stalls and sit-outs. As you enter the library, there is reception area and entry points to various utility...More

Thank Anjoo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even if you only visit the treasures on the ground floor in the Sir John Ritblat Room you can't fail to be impressed - and humbled in my case, to see the manuscripts. The wealth of genius writing on display is stunning, scores written by...More

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Kayla R
11 July 2017|
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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.
11 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.