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“Great place to unwind in central Belfast” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Linen Hall Library

Linen Hall Library
17 Donegall Sq. N., Belfast BT1 5GD, Northern Ireland
44-28-9032-1707
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Ranked #21 of 154 attractions in Belfast
Type: Libraries, Architectural Buildings
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Owner description: This library, founded in 1788, is the oldest library in Belfast and contains the largest collection of material on Irish studies in Northern Ireland.
Belfast, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great place to unwind in central Belfast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

A somewhat hidden gem in the heart of Belfast. Relax and unwind with a book whilst enjoying a tea/coffee in the very heart of Belfast. Explore the history of our wonderful city.

Visited December 2012
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English first
Belfast, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great Lunch Venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

A little eighteenth century oasis of enlightenment in the very centre of Belfast, and they serve food too! Fresh soups and sandwiches and other snacks. I liked the vegetable broth served with crusty wheaten bread. There is usually room to meet and chat (quietly it is a library after all). The library also produces limited edition prints of local subjects which can be great gifts.

Visited November 2012
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“A little gem hidden away on Donegal Square”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

I was searching for a museum in Central Belfast (there isn't one, you need to go south towards Queens University to find it) and found this place after asking at the Tourist Information Centre. It is a pleasant surprise. Not only is it a libary but it's also an exhibition space, and a mine of information about Ireland in general and Belfast in particular.

Good cafe and clean toilets too. :-)

Visited December 2012
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“My local!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

This is a wonderful calm haven in the centre of Belfast. The Cafe is always peaceful, the food excellent and the staff are really pleasant and helpful.

Visited November 2012
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“books and coffee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Coffee aside, this little gem, right in the middle of Belfast, is a civilised haven of books (and not just Irish ones) and everyone who works there seems to have time for your inane questions

Visited November 2012
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