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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, England
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"magna carta"
in 741 reviews
"gutenberg bible"
in 134 reviews
"historical documents"
in 99 reviews
"treasures room"
in 97 reviews
"alice in wonderland"
in 84 reviews
"beatles lyrics"
in 77 reviews
"jane austen"
in 65 reviews
"on display"
in 198 reviews
"the sir john ritblat gallery"
in 59 reviews
"lindisfarne gospels"
in 45 reviews
"illuminated manuscripts"
in 42 reviews
"book lovers"
in 42 reviews
"love books"
in 41 reviews
"da vinci"
in 89 reviews
"treasures gallery"
in 35 reviews
"handel's messiah"
in 33 reviews
"harry potter exhibition"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I’m not sure what I expected but I was still disappointed. Loud. Noisy. I couldn’t wait to leave. I thought I would love it.

Thank Lynn M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I found myself with a spare hour or so on Friday afternoon, as I waited for my train, and so I went to visit the Beatle manuscripts in the British Library. What a thrill to see the handwriting of three of the Fab Four, Julian’s...More

Thank CremeTangerine1
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited here as a family for the first time solely to see the History of Magic exhibition. Agree it is a shame that the exhibit cannot be permanent somewhere. Such a fascinating collection and a wonderful opportunity to see some amazing items. As HP...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

With 3 friends. Good value. Very well thought out very well researched. Interesting. A bit disappointed with the shop not much to buy and expensive Could have done with a few more seating areas as after hour and a half my shoulders and back was...More

Thank DawnDancer
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We’d prebooked tickets for the Harry Potter exhibition months ago and it did not disappoint. It was fascinating and magical. There was even a family trail to get young ones engaged with it while the more avid fans could browse the eclectic collection of magical...More

Thank sja150290
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited here for the history of magic exhibition which is a must see for all Harry Potter fans. You get the real depth & brilliance of JK Rowling. It was a real treat to see. Was exceptionally well done & set out. My kids absolutely...More

Thank Agathaisthebest
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The British Library stands quietly in the busy Euston Road and once you are through the gates into the courtyard, the sound of the traffic seems to recede. The courtyard itself is very nice with areas of seating and a pleasant little cafe which offers...More

Thank CalBristol
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Took the kids (9 and 10) to the British Library today, as an alternative to a repeat visit to one of the museums and were pleasantly surprised. Right on top of Kings cross station, so a nice easy journey. We picked up one of the...More

Thank Kspeller
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We popped in and out with our luggage coming to and fro from kings cross. The availability to use the lockers free of charge is fantastic. The lockers fit in hand held luggage, so we packed in lots of smaller bags. The building it's self...More

Thank Chelsea N
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I took my niece to the British Library to try to get tickets for the Harry Potter exhibit a History of Magic. Unfortunately all the tickets for the same day were sold out. They also told me the exhibit was fully sold out for other...More

Thank DionneFi
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123luv456
13 January 2018|
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Response from bazonian2015 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is free. i think you have to pay if you wanted to go to the Harry Potter Exhibition.
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evelynemarty
6 January 2018|
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Response from maddieschindele | Reviewed this property |
Hi! You can see the library itself without a ticket (yet there is not much to see, for you need to be a registered reader in order to view any books). But you can explore the library (and it's many cafes) regardless. Sadly... More
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rm232017
20 December 2017|
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Response from Claire J | Reviewed this property |
I didn’t show ID.
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