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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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“gutenberg bible” (127 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 20:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Popped in here in the afternoon after a visit to a nearby museum. Fabulous building outside and in. Viewed some of the "treasures" - a must for anyone visiting. Stunning books/documents etc. on display. Had a drink and cake in café before leaving - very...More

Thank graham a
Reviewed 4 days ago

The library is a testament to the maticulous work that goes into preserving the greatest books and documents that have survived all these centuries. When you see the Magna Carta and the rule of law that is initiated by its writing.... it is humbling. The...More

Thank roberta L
Reviewed 4 days ago

Literally treasures from around the world, and, The Beatles, Magna Carta, poets and playwrights - wonderful. Stunning building.

Thank peekayjay2016
Reviewed 5 days ago

The chance to see the Magna Carta was why we came, but once we started exploring we found other fascinating documents. A copy of the early gospel dating back almost 2000 years, bits of writing thought to be done by St John. Just Fantastic

Thank jjo96
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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
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Kayla R
12 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.
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janieszka
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
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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