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Linen Hall Library

17 Donegall Sq. N., Belfast BT1 5GD, Northern Ireland
44-28-9032-1707
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Ranked #25 of 156 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
8 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I am a member and study here . It is a resource for the scholar and amateur . Wonderful surroundings. Helpful staff. Great atmosphere. Anyone who does not like it simply doesn't get it.....

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Wanted to visit this place for a while but when my husband and I walked up the stairs yesterday the smell that hit us, something like smelly cheese and cabbage, meant we couldn't entertain staying. Shame!

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rachelj606, Public Relations Manager at Linen Hall Library, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for getting in touch to share the experience of your recent visit to the Linen Hall Library. We greatly value and appreciate all feedback received from our customers, and I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to you for any disappointment caused during your visit. The Library benefits from a Clements café on the 2nd... More

Belfast, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I have to say that I am a member of the Library so might be a bit biased. visited recently for a lunchtime event. 2 actors doing separate pieces from Irish literature really enjoyed it..... Library full of history - all the way back to 1790s

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belfast
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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
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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
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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
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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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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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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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