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Address: 96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
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+44 1937 546060
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon 09:30 - 18:00
Tue 09:30 - 20:00
Wed - Fri 09:30 - 18:00
Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Open to all visitors seven-days-a-week, this superb building by Sir Colin...

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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An unexpected delight

Having been aware that the British Library used to be part of the British Museum I added it to my list of things to do in London. We did the tour, quite a cost at £10 each... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having been aware that the British Library used to be part of the British Museum I added it to my list of things to do in London. We did the tour, quite a cost at £10 each person for our family, when you consider that the British Museum is free. The tour guide, Dee, was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were walking on the Euston road and were just about to turn into Kings cross when we came across the British Library. We decided to go inside and we were very impressed and amazed by the quality of the displays and the vast amount of information available. So pleased we went in.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We took the £10 walking tour around the library. They take you to see the reading rooms and all the major points of interest. It lasted around 80 minutes. The way they move the books around the library is ingenious. Our tour guide was great. The exhibition on the ground floor with the Magna Carta, Jane Austen diaries etc was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I didn't to many museums in London, but did visit this library for a special exhibit and the whole place was a fantastic discovery. Beautiful library, lots to see and explore. It is right next to Kings Cross and St Pancras, so check it out while you're in that area.

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St Ives, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I like the British Library as a place to have a nice bowl of soup etc at lunch. This time I did the guided tour of the library which was absolutely fascinating! I highly recommend that. Free and always open is a room of their treasures which is well worth a browse plus some free changing exhibtions in the public... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I used the archives in the British Library for my PhD research. They are wonderful! It is also an ideal place for study.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went specifically to see the Map Exhibition as it sounded good and we love how history can be seen in older maps, Felt that the exhibition was poorly curated and displayed, it lacked a consistent format. For example it could have been organised chronologically, or by data type (demographics), or use (military} and so on. The collection felt disorganised and... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Treasures of the British Library exhibition is just an incredible experience, which should not be missed! There are so many beautiful, rare and historically significant artifacts to see: original writings and notebooks of greats such as Elizabeth I, Charles Stuart, Da Vinci; and the illuminated drawings from Lindisfame Gospels - just to mention a few of the 200 items... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I love looking out over the British library from the hotel next door. On a sunny day it's great to people watch. You can sit outside in the square too. Inside they run exhibitions on certain books or things - when I went there was one about maps. They apparently have every book ever published - my bookshelf is too... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are a lot of places I went in London. This barely made my list, but it was my favorite! What a privilege to see the Magna Carta, Gutenberg Bible, Michelangelo's notes...and SO much more.

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