The British Library

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The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and is one of the largest libraries in the world. It is estimated to contain between 170 and 200 million items from many countries.

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Check out the library's free exhibition of the world's rarest and oldest books.

Lonely Planet
For visitors, the real highlight is a visit to the Sir John Ritblat Gallery where the most precious manuscripts, spanning almost three millennia, are held. View full review from Lonely Planet
The library's greatest treasures are on view to the general public: the Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible, Jane Austen's writings, and Shakespeare's First Folio. View full review from Fodor's
One of the world's great repositories of books, the British Library receives a copy of every single title published in the U.K., which are stored on 400 miles of shelves. View full review from Frommer's
Address: 96 Euston Rd, London, England NW1 2DB
Phone: +44 330 333 1144
Hours: Closed