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National Library of Wales

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Address: Aberystwyth, Wales
Phone Number: 01970-632-800
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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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If you just a visitor you are not allowed in the stacks, but the library has several worthy exhibits. We saw one on the rise of 19th C coal mining including handwritten letters... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Longmont, Colorado
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Longmont, Colorado
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you just a visitor you are not allowed in the stacks, but the library has several worthy exhibits. We saw one on the rise of 19th C coal mining including handwritten letters from a rising owner. There was an outstanding photo essay by a Welsh photographer (name escapes me) who covered the Vietnam War and the human cost of... More 

Thank BoleynMom
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49 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots to see in this National Library. Really interesting photographic exhibition and other displays.

Thank Teithwyr
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful building with great views over the town. Interesting place to visit with some nice little exhibitions. Staff very friendly and helpful.

Thank annie3London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

This is my second visit to see the work of the renowned photographer. The images on display are incredible in their quality and their content. Not only do they illustrate the wars and conflicts clinically, but from the civilian's viewpoint. Cartier Bresson stated that not since Goya had anyone portayed war like Philip Jones Griffiths. Anyone interested in photography, history... More 

Thank Gerallt L
Monmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

I visited here to see a specific exhibition (Phillip Jones Griffiths - a Welsh photographer famous for his Vietnam war work) and I was extremely impressed by the whole set up. In my ignorance I was expecting a traditional library with a small room off to one side for exhibitions but this is far from the truth. This is a... More 

Thank Iain M
Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Attended this place for a wedding, the location made it that extra bit special and the views from outside are fantastic

Thank Rick326
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

I was always a bit cynical about visiting the Library - sounded boring - so I was really surprised at the variety of exhibitions there. It manages to combine history, art and science. Well worth a visit.

1 Thank Sian J
Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The National Library of Wales is one of the great British libraries. It is a must for anyone with an interest in all things Welsh. Not only does it contain a huge collection of historical documents but there is nearly always an interesting exhibition. There is a first class restaurant with a range of modestly priced dishes. However, to use... More 

1 Thank Paul V
South Wales
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25 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

So the title says it all really. I kind of expected to see books as this is the national library but this is not the case. The building is splendid, as to is the setting, situated, as it is, on the hill overlooking the town, the receptionist was very friendly and helpful, the exhibitions we saw were pretty good actually... More 

Thank Stuart L
Hastings, United Kingdom
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225 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The way the leaflet reads, this appears to be a tourist attraction with access to the things mentioned in the leaflet. However we wandered around the few unengaging exhibitions, then tried to look at the books. We weren't allowed near the stacks, we had to stand at the reading room reception desk as we weren't ticket holders. We gazed round... More 

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