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National Library of Wales

Address: Aberystwyth, Wales
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is a super little museum; three floors of displays, some 'hands on' for children and interesting paintings of the surrounding area. My husband and I spent about 2 hours here and enjoyed every minute. There is definitely something of interest for everyone, and it's free! Although a donation box is available and well used.

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Whitehorse, Canada
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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82 reviews 82 reviews
56 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We visited the NLW to do family history research and were well impressed with their facilities. A credit to Wales. The amazing Dylan Thomas exhibition was an added bonus.

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Blaengwynfi, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

All of it was good. sights constitution hill, pier ,Shops promenade university, people, sea, walks,open air service Chapels.

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Bedford, UK - born in California)
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I used to study in here between 1993 and 1996 and that was brilliant. Went in to visit memory lane. But as a non welsh speaker with English children in tow, it was not as inspiring as the British Library sadly. Still fun though and the Dylan Thomas exhibit was cool.

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Swansea
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25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Used the library to prepare a TMA that was due during the holidays. So quiet, it's a great place to work. Nearly always see someone I know. The coffee areas make for a nice interlude.

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