The British Library

Large brick building with courtyard to the fore.
The British Library

Set only five minutes’ walk from King’s Cross station, the British Library is unique in owning some of the most important manuscripts of British literature.In the Treasures Gallery there are many manuscripts including some of Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll and Shakespeare alongside maps, scores and painted books.

For the visitor, the Library offers regular major exhibitions of treasures from its own and other collections, curated by the Library’s specialist experts. These exhibitions change regularly and cover important topics in the long story of the development of England and British politics and culture. Some of the exhibitions are free. The Library boasts a copy of the Magna Carta,  the historic declaration from which we trace the concept of the rule of law.

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