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The Literary & Philosophical Society

187 Reviews

The Literary & Philosophical Society

187 Reviews
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paulg wrote a review Mar 2020
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We made a flying visit here. It's a private, independent library, but where the public are given free access to browse but only borrow if a paid member. Very interesting collection of old books.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Darren Mc wrote a review Feb 2020
Stanley, United Kingdom458 contributions177 helpful votes
Wonderful building full of books and more. Explore it’s amazing, smells of history. Basic coffee shop available.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Tom Dunn wrote a review Feb 2020
York, United Kingdom5 contributions
Thoroughly enjoyed today’s visit to the Lit and Phil library. It’s a fascinating institution with an interesting history and an exciting vibe. Marion was an excellent, knowledgable guide.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Ellen wrote a review Jan 2020
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The Lit and Phil is amazing. It is absolutely cherished by members and locals. It has a fascinating history which is linked to the history of Newcastle as a centre of ideas, philanthropy, education/learning and industrial and scientific discovery and it is all there to see. It has influenced the development of the great universities, museums and other institutes of learning and collections in the city. The building and atmosphere are wonderful. It is warm and welcoming run by very nice, helpful staff. The main room of the library is quite staggering. It is a place of conversation, discussion, learning, research, pleasure. Lovely just to sit for half and hour and take the atmosphere in. It feels very friendly too. You'll see people aged from 3 to 93 enjoying it. You will be warmly welcomed by a volunteer who can help you find your way around and answer any questions about the place. Librarians always on hand and helpful - they welcome children and encourage them to enjoy the library. The members run a coffee hatch which serves teas, coffees, biscuits and chocolate with a smile and a chat- if you want it. Great collection of books, periodicals and magazines. Fab music library. They have a regular programme of concerts, lectures, book launches, readings, performances, classes. Guided tours of the building are available to book. They even do ghost walks as the building is reputedly very haunted. Whether you are a visitor to lovely Newcastle, a local fancying a look round, a student or a prospective member, call in to The Lit and Phil. You shouldn't miss it, It is wonderful. There is a stair-lift for those that need it and much of the downstairs is accessible but the building is not completely wheelchair accessible so I'd check first if you wished to attend a concert or a tour. Definitely one of my favourite places. I visit regularly and always leave feeling happy.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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psyc222 wrote a review Dec 2019
Shildon, United Kingdom17 contributions1 helpful vote
The Lit and Phil is a must for lectures, concerts, a marvellous collection of historic and modern books, music recordings and sheet music. The architecture is phenomenal.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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