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Address: Aberystwyth, Wales
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Wonderful place to spend time

The library is just wonderful. Spent hours wondering around the exhibits. Personnel are extremely friendly and helpful. The art is amazing. The view from the building is amazing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Roseland, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The library is just wonderful. Spent hours wondering around the exhibits. Personnel are extremely friendly and helpful. The art is amazing. The view from the building is amazing. Definitely worth the walk up the hill.

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Aliso Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The NLW is an excellent place for research. I was greeted with a friendly face upon my first entry. The woman at the front counter who registered my reader's ticket was very kind to me my entire visit. In the reading rooms, the staff are exemplary. The security guards are pleasant (though I felt bad because I can't speak Welsh--this... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The building itself is imposing from the outside but walk through the doors and you will not fail to be impressed. All the staff we encountered went out of their way to be helpful/informative and the gift shop sold some unusual things, including Welsh greeting cards and locally produced gifts.

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Warner, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Pretty amazing place.....not enough hours in the day to spend and explore.Beautiful building.The walk up the hill was worth the experience!

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Hamilton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This, the national library of Wales, is a true treasure. The special displays rotate, and the most valued holding are often out for the public to see (for example, the Black Book of Carmarthen, during our recent visit). While the library reading rooms are limited to card-holders, the galleries are open during regular library hours. For the serious researcher, this... More 

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Whitehorse, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I am a family history researcher looking at Wills back to the 16th century. The Library of Wales is a majestic building, full of history and wonderful books (of course) with excellent research staff who are willing to explain alsorts of things to the ignorants such as myself. Lovely views and a great Cafe.

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South Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Yes this is an accademic institution but it has some excellent exhibitions that are open for all. It is however, not always clearly advertised as an tourist attraction or even a place that someone might drop in to look at what's on. Unless you know where you are going within the building the large exhibition hall on the top floor... More 

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Lydbrook, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I was a student in Aberystwyth in the 70s, but never visited the National Library. On a nostalgic trip back to my old stamping ground I saw a sign up for a Dylan Thomas exhibition, so squeezed it in on my last morning. The exhibition was excellent, and very enjoyable, but the real joy was visiting this beautiful old building... More 

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Howell, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Nice free tour. Small, but lovely gift shop. The library is beautiful - lovely collection of vintage and antique books. This is the place if you are wanting to research your Welsh family genealogy.

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Telford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

It is worth visiting for the building alone, as it is a wonderful, unspoilt, 1930's building. It has excellent resources for family history research, research into Welsh culture and interesting exhibitions - the Dylan Thomas one was very good.

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