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British Library

KidRated’s British Library Top Tips:

  • Best for kids & teens: Discover the Beatles manuscripts among the vast collection of books
  • Best for parents: Ignite imaginations and bring books to life
  • Top tip: The cafe can get very busy with coffee-loving academics, so plan accordingly

Enter the British Library – where books, history, and a sprinkle of magic converge to create an unforgettable adventure for families! Situated in central London, this literary haven is more than just a library – it’s a vault of knowledge waiting to be discovered.


As you step inside, prepare to be enthralled by towering shelves adorned with millions of books, manuscripts, and artefacts from across the globe. From ancient scrolls to modern marvels, there’s something here to captivate the imagination of every bookworm, big or small.


Additionally, the British Library offers an array of family-friendly activities and exhibitions designed to engage young minds. Dip into the enchanting realm of storytelling with interactive workshops, where kids can unleash their creativity and breathe life into their favourite tales. Or embark on a literary odyssey through themed exhibitions that transport you to distant worlds and epic adventures.


For teens with a penchant for literature, the British Library serves as a source of inspiration and exploration. Delve into the works of renowned authors, participate in thought-provoking discussions, or simply lose yourself in the pages of a captivating novel.


And let’s not forget the charming cafes and cosy reading corners nestled throughout the library – ideal for tranquil respite amidst the hustle and bustle of London.


Whether you’re a book-loving family seeking your next literary escapade or a curious teen eager to unearth hidden treasures, the British Library invites you to embark on a journey of imagination and discovery that will leave you spellbound!

Booking Advice:



96 Euston Road

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7412 7332


How to get there:

Tube: King’s Cross St Pancras

Teen Verdict

Things to do, places to go for kids and teenagers - cool, academic, fun and entertaining in London and beyond with KidRated

Elliot, Age 15

We went to an exhibition about the Magna Carta that was quite interesting. But it’s a library so it’s basically full of books and many of them are locked away and you need to be a member or something to see them.

There’s lots of students and people actually working here so it’s not really a place for kids or teenagers to hang about in. But the courtyard outside is a good place to sit and have a coffee or meet friends.

Parent Point of View

Things to do, places to go for kids and teenagers - cool, academic, fun and entertaining in London and beyond with KidRated

Laura Porter

  • The statue of Isaac Newton in the piazza, by Eduardo Paolizzi, is a ‘talking statue’.
  • Free wifi available (but you need to set up an account).
  • Do note, the courtyard can be very slippery when wet.
  • Paradoxymoron painting on the lower ground floor is a fun trompe l’oeil.
  • In the music section, use the headphones to listen to the Beatles!
  • The free family trail is great so well worth downloading.

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