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Linen Hall Library

17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 1707
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A little oasis....

Found this library on a side door near the information centre. It has a wonderful display of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marie M
extensive collection

Lots of interesting books and information for anyone interested in the history of Belfast or... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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This library, founded in 1788, is the oldest library in Belfast and contains the largest collection of material on Irish studies in Northern Ireland.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 1707
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this library on a side door near the information centre. It has a wonderful display of photographs (vertical gallery) depicting the more recent history of Belfast. Did not actually go into the library sections.

Thank Marie M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of interesting books and information for anyone interested in the history of Belfast or researching a family tree involving ancestors from N Ireland.

Thank bethnalbabe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love books and I am always happy to go to libraries. When I read in my turist guide (I got in the turist office in Belfast) about the Linen Hall Library I went there. Once inside I kept wondering why was it in the...More

Thank Jenika I
LinenHallAdmin, Public Relations Manager at Linen Hall Library, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, I'm sorry that your visit to the Linen Hall Library did not meet your expectations, but were heartened to hear that you would recommend the Library as a normal library. As well as operating as a fully-functioning library, the Linen Hall has a number...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This historic working library can be visited without charge but help to maintain it by booking onto the £5 tour to learn more about it past and about its unique collections. Finish off by taking refreshment in the Library tearoom

1  Thank Ibis_user
Reviewed May 16, 2017

This is an important stop to learn more about the importance Linen played in Belfast and Ireland. Very interesting and informative.

Thank catknitty
Reviewed April 28, 2017

Wonderfully informative and engaging tour by Gerry today on the history of the Linen Hall Library and its role in the social and political life of Belfast and its amazingly interesting and extensive collections. Definitely made me want to revisit and spend more time there.

1  Thank GlendaDublin
Reviewed April 1, 2017

I went on a university tour to the Linen Hall Library and It was just amazing. Seeing how the library started as safe place for the freedom of ideas and knowledge warmed my heart. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the library...More

1  Thank Lydia M
Reviewed March 25, 2017

A great place to learn about Northern Irish history and politics. It even has a gift shop and cafe close to the entrance!

Thank Syd98
Reviewed March 23, 2017

We had a great guided tour which ended much better than it began. The start was hard to hear as our group was in a corridor set up next to the cafe. When we moved to the upstairs and sat around the table, getting to...More

1  Thank Catherine C
Reviewed March 22, 2017

I visited with a group of students touring Northern Ireland. Gerry Devaney provided us with great insight into the history of the library - the only subscription library remaining in the UK. We loved learning about its roots in radicalism and its goals of promoting...More

Thank susandasc
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