National Library of Wales
National Library of Wales
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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H4772NMrogerh
Aberaeron, UK186 contributions
We are so lucky to have this facility. I have been visiting for years tracing my family history. The staff are always as helpful as they can be. Incidentally there is also a nice little cafe, useful when you spend the day at the library
Written September 15, 2022
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DarrisWill
Cedar Hills, UT20 contributions
I planned for five days and had great success in finding more about my family history. Their website makes pre visit planning very easy and the staff are very helpful. I was surprised by the many resources available in the reading room.
Written May 12, 2022
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Ducatibabe
Cheltenham, UK846 contributions
Visited an exhibition of older age photographs - excellent.
It's a stunning building with fab views & parking is free.
we had a lovely wander around for a couple of hours - the staff were lovely too.
Written October 30, 2021
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Cycad
Criccieth, UK45 contributions
Couples
We were down in Aberystwyth for a two day break and being Welsh thought we’d pay a visit to our National Library for the first time. Website said there were renovations in progress but that the Cover to Cover exhibition and Discover the Heart of Wales exhibition were still running and we could see the famous Nanteos Cup. Sounds good so off we go!
We were very disappointed indeed to learn on arrival that all these exhibitions were closed after all - due to renovations! As a national treasure surely it’s not beyond the wit of man for the NLW to tell people the actual situation on their website? Sal iawn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru!
Written January 20, 2020
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Thomisa
London, UK184 contributions
Popped in for half an hour last week. Saw some interesting collections and exhibitions, but I was hoping to see huge displays of books! It’s possible we missed them, as we were a bit rushed for time.

Helpful and friendly staff. Nice building.
Written August 21, 2022
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GriffNottingham
Nottingham28 contributions
We went to the National Library in 2006 to research my family who come from the area around Aberystwyth, although the library holds records for the whole of Wales.
First - it's on a steep hill!. There are buses up the hill, but it's a 400m walk from the main road. If you have walking difficulties you will need to take a car, taxi or bike. We cycled up from our self-catering accommodation just below. Car parking is available next to the library. Lifts are available in the building.
On first entry you need to obtain a pass, which you will need to show every time you enter the family history area. Check out the website [--]llgc.org.uk for details. There is a dedicated section in the library for family history. Staff are helpful, especially translating from welsh to english, but are not necessarily knowledgeable about family history. Before starting, check out the small library of transcriptions etc at the far left of the room, it may save you time. Photocopies of tithe maps and apportionments are available in this area, without request.
There is no separate area for eating your own food, but the restaurant was good.
Aberystwyth itself is well worth a visit. Take the cliff railway for a splendid view and see the castle.
Written October 2, 2007
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tourer123
Birmingham, UK54 contributions
Couples
The building itself is imposing from the outside but walk through the doors and you will not fail to be impressed.

All the staff we encountered went out of their way to be helpful/informative and the gift shop sold some unusual things, including Welsh greeting cards and locally produced gifts.
Written March 21, 2015
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FrancesEdith
Whitehorse, Canada48 contributions
Friends
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.
Written December 18, 2014
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RhianPrice-Jones
Caerphilly, UK19 contributions
I visited the Welsh national library with my daughters ages 5 & 7 who both love reading and libraries but they were disappointed as they wanted to see books and read stories and it was quite a disappointment to them that it was more of a museum. We also didnt know where we were going or allowed to go when there and on many occasions felt we were intruding. Our trip was only made successful by the lunch stop. The cafe was lovely.
Written March 2, 2014
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Robbie1591
Albury, Australia17 contributions
Couples
Great tour and a good way to spend a wet morning. Cyril was an expert guide and the exhibitions on at the Library were excellent
Written August 17, 2012
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