Linen Hall Library
Linen Hall Library
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Founded in 1788, the Linen Hall Library is the oldest library in Belfast, a cultural centre with world-renowned collections and an accredited museum! It is renowned for its unparalleled Irish and Local Studies Collection, ranging from comprehensive holdings of Early Belfast and Ulster printed books to the 350,000 items in the Northern Ireland Political Collection, the definitive archive of the recent ‘Troubles’. The Library is free to enter and enjoy, and is housed in a stunning Victorian former linen warehouse in the picturesque Donegall Square, across from Belfast City Hall.
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Mathmagic
Glasgow63 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
An interesting and quirky place. Full of propaganda posters from the troubles. With a tall glass staircase, in the middle of a beautiful old building full of character and charm. A decorative and quaint coffee shop on the first floor. Some interesting items there for browsing, and some you are able to purchase.
Written July 26, 2022
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Don I
Belfast, UK349 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
Right in the busy city centre the Linen Hall Library offers escape from the bustle. You can sit amidst books ancient and modern and have a quiet cuppa. The snacks aren't extensive but the opportunity to get far from the (madding?) crowd is well worth the climb up well-worn stone stairs (or take the lift at the side entrance); the relief is palpable!
Written December 3, 2014
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sc0ttishgirlglas0w
carrick1 contribution
I use the Linen Hall Library at least twice a week and find it a friendly place to go for lunch and sometimes meeting's. The coffee is of good standard and food is excellant for a small cafe there is plently of choices. The staff are always helpful and make you feel welcome. I would recommend here for lunch or even just a coffee. The library also has a lot to offer i find their section on Irish history quiet interesting.
Written January 28, 2010
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dpcbeech
Belfast, UK131 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
This is one of my favourite spots in my home city! I have been visiting the Linenhall library since early childhood. I have never tired of the sights and atmosphere of the place. It is the home of some of Ireland’s rarest literary tomes and historically the site of some of our greatest historical events. In fact it probably still is, the place where many deeds are planned and schemes are plotted. It is a fantastic place to lose yourself for a few hours. The staff are extremely helpful and knowledgeable and the on-site coffee shop is top notch! What is even better though are the periodic historical displays. Definitely not however, somewhere to go for raucous banter or loud discussions!
Written February 24, 2019
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GeminiJules1958
London, UK21 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
A must-see for literary buffs. It's a beautiful library, unchanged for decades. Interesting array of books watched over by art works. Look at the list of speakers/lectures coming up. Delicious coffee and cake in a relaxing cafe on the first floor.
Written September 2, 2015
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DanielleK723
Washington DC, DC98 contributions
Aug 2015 • Solo
Go to the back set of stairs (after you walk up into it, walk thru the room and to the back) and there are lots of posters from the "troubles." Worth it just for that.

It's only 3 doors down from the visitor center, and free. Just pop in!
Written August 25, 2015
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pqflyer
San Diego, CA93 contributions
Oct 2019
This was not on our must-do list, but we were very glad we went. The place is small, but it is very well done, and the docents are extremely knowledgeable. The demonstrations were great. All of our questions were answered. There's no admission fee. If you have some free time in Belfast, this is an excellent choice.
Written October 28, 2019
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The1Heath
Scottsdale, AZ139 contributions
Oct 2019
Decided we needed to know a bit more about the linen industry in Ireland. We saw the museum exit as we were driving by and veered off. Glad we did. The history of linen/damask/flax was well laid out and explained. Delightful gift shop area. It’s free and fun.
Written October 17, 2019
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maricha
La Rochelle, France4 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
Such a rich encounter with Jerry who explained me so many parts of Belfast + Linen Hall Library's history. Jerry is passionate about the city and the role of the Library's club back in history, and its role still today. This is a sort of confidential tour and yet essential for understand and learning about Belfast and Northern Ireland.
Thank you so much !
Written April 12, 2019
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Marvilicious
Grass Valley, CA37 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
One of the last reader supported libraries anywhere here, it has a unique collection (the largest) of activists leaflets/propaganda and flyers anywhere. Students come from round the world to study those issues. It’s quaint with a really affordable cafe...they display also amazing prints of mindful impact and activism in the back quarters...it’s a secret place of historic items. It’s right across from the city center LinenHall.com
Written March 26, 2019
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