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Linen Hall Library

17 Donegall Sq. N., Belfast BT1 5GD, Northern Ireland
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Ranked #21 of 154 attractions in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Architectural Buildings
Traveler Description: This library, founded in 1788, is the oldest library in Belfast and contains the largest collection of Irish studies in the world. The Linen Hall... more »
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English first
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I done a tour in the library. It was very interesting, after it I was able to have a coffee and bun sit relax and look around. It was great to sif by the windows cand watch the busy streets of belfast. I highly recommend a vist even if it is just to look around and have a coffe. The... More

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I was able to do some family history research there but would like to have had more time. I did, however, find time for a lovely, quiet cuppa in the cafe while I ovelooked the hustle and bustle of the main city square.

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Woking, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Visited the library to research some family history and what an amazing place this is! The staff (like everyone in Belfast) were so kind and helpful and couldn't have done more for me if they had tried! I came away with all the information I needed and more! Please visit this lovely library - even if you don't have to... More

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edinburgh scotland
13 reviews 13 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Just returned from my fourth visit to Belfast. Although I had visited the library before, this time I was lucky enough to be there on a Tuesday morning when there is a guided tour. The library itself is full of character and our guide was very enthusiastic and informative. Also we were fortunate to be able to enjoy the governor's... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It's easy to walk past this place, but do yourself a favour and go in. This is an independent library that is open to the public. It exudes charm and class...and there's a small cafe if you fancy a cuppa.

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Cape Canaveral, Florida
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131 reviews 131 reviews
114 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

We didn't expect that we would spend over a hour at this place but we did. Just walking up the stairs and viewing all of the political posters took least 15 minutes. Then we spent another 45 minutes reviewing all of the materials in the library. The people behind the desk were very helpful also. Lastly, the bathrooms were clean.

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Béal Feirste, null, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

History, books and a coffee shop what more could anyone ask for in the centre of a City. The Linen Hall Library provides the lot, just across from Belfast City Hall. Its local political collection is unique, its atmosphere reflective of an institution well over a hundred years old. Great nook and crannies to enjoy the wide range of books.... More

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

this institution is 125 years old,it is the hidden gem of belfast,it is situated in belfast city centre almost opposite city hall,it holds the n.i. political collection,a wonderful archive of n.i's turbulent past,i visit as often as 4 times a week,it's that good!!!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
43 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

finally only viisting this. slighly hidden though so very central. full of old and modern books. upstairs across from city hall. lots of book on family names etc. very interesting and relaxed

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
31 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The rotating exhibits are well done and worthwhile. The folks at the linen hall have a keen eye for all manner of things interesting!!

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