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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 11:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Books! not just to read, but the shop sells them. Visited the Russian Revolution exhibit, very good. Bought one of the Russia related books (by Bulgakov) and then wandered into the Treasure room- found an original Magna Carta! Great place.

Thank Anise2014
Reviewed 2 days ago

I had read about their treasure rooms and couldn't visit London without taking a look. Saw an original copy of the Magna Carta which was 800 years old. All items beautifully displayed. I enjoyed a tasty, affordable lunch in the rooftop restaurant. Highly recommend.

Thank Dianne R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Completely amazing place, my favourite was the room with the 150 treasures. Seeing Mozarts musical diary, Henry VIII proclamation on the birth of his son, letters by Michelangelo, Shelly etc. Really special place, well worth the visit.

Thank Gary M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Totally unexpected find. The manuscript room sounds like a total bore but untrue. On display are original documents by Mozart, Shakespeare, Da Vinci and more. And it's free!

Thank Clint B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Free and open to the public, therefore busy most time of the time. The library has an expansive space for study and gathering, but the library's biggest draw is the historical treasures collection. Well-preserved documents from most cultures fill the "Treasures" room. Interesting place for...More

Thank Gara Lacy
Reviewed 4 days ago

although sometimes hard to get a table, it has a nice atmosphere and a good place to read and revise.

Thank Phobr
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

So the treasures are amazing. Magna carts, etc. In the different zones: the shop, business reading and in passing the staff weren't friendly in the slightest.

Thank 5_Star_City_Breaker
Reviewed 5 days ago

This library had so much more than we expected. Really wish we had more time to see all the historical treasures that are kept here. Definitely check this out!

Thank TANHWN
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you have not been you really must visit this iconic building near Kings Cross. It has a wonderful free collection of ancient documents to view and a superb paying exhibition on the Revolution in Russia 100 years on. Places to eat and sit both...More

Thank Johntherunner
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you have any interest in world history then this is well worth the visit. Artifacts and video tell a brutal story of the October 17 revolution.

Thank travellingscouse
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janieszka
Is it good for children's books and activities? Thank you
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.
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NoBob2
Hi Harry, How much time would you say is needed to look around the library's punk exhibition? Thanks.
12 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.
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Charles H
We are visiting for a few hours today. Do you have a top 10 or 20 "must see" exhibits list?
6 April 2016|
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Response from Clodagh P | Reviewed this property |
I can't really help as I am priviledged to have a reader pass, so used the library more as a place to work. I suggest going on line or if that's not possible asking at the information desk for a guide to what's on and choose... More
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