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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.
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  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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"historical documents"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"
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"love books"
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"da vinci"
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"treasures gallery"
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"handel's messiah"
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"harry potter exhibition"
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We went for the Harry Potter Exhibition. There were too many people so there was basically one queue that snaked through several rooms. We were there early so we jumped ahead to some of the later rooms and came back for the early rooms. The...More

Thank scott
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My fiancé and I visited the British Library for the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition on a Friday afternoon. We had an allotted arrival time slot of 13:30-14:00 and check in was easy. The exhibition itself was brilliant, divided up into several rooms...More

Thank Gemma C
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you’re a HP fan or interested in the history of magic, do not miss this exhibition before it leaves for New York. The artefacts are amazing and includes original J K Rowling manuscripts. We visited on the only evening open. It was really great...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Fantastic exhibitions. Admission is free. Nice place to eat/have a coffee also.The building itself is beautiful.

Thank MCannock
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Went here solely to look at the Beatles memorabilia but ended up spending 4 hours. Free cloakroom, lockers (godsend if you are en route to the station as I was). Food and drink is ridiculously overpriced but it’s a captive audience and it’s London. For...More

Thank Andree C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I went in September. They had an excellently curated exhibit on LGBTQA+ history and literature in Great Britain. The treasures room was astounding, although some of the ones I had hoped to see weren't there—they have their writings in rotation. But I still saw some...More

1  Thank Leah v
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I absolutely love the British Library. The "Treasures" collection is the best single exhibition I have ever been to. There is a fantastic array of manuscripts, notes and books from history e.g. works by the Beatles, 15th century prayer books, and original works by the...More

Thank CJHowell26
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The second largest library in the world, catering for scholars and interested amateur visitors, the permanent exhibition alone presents a wealth of multi-cultural, time-spanning material of breath-taking quality and quantity. well worth a tremulous reverent visit! And no charge for admission.

Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 5 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 5 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

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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
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Response from Claire J | Reviewed this property |
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