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
About
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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  • Melissa
    London, United Kingdom87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delicious food and great atmosphere
    We were recommended this place by a restaurant down the road and the atmosphere was really unusual. My Mum had the poached eggs on toast with feta and avocado and she loved it, generous portion and good quality ingredients. I opted for the Irish breakfast and although it was delicious I wouldn’t opt for this again, personal preference but it doesn’t come with beans and I didn’t find it filling, one sausage, egg, etc, however the avo on toast looked amazing so I would choose that next time. I loved the feel of the place and I can see it would be a great place to go with friends or someone special. It did get busy so it might be worth seeing if you can book.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Soonkeum
    Eugene, Oregon219 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional history of Belfast through posters and memorabilia
    We happened to walk by and visited unexpectedly. It was a wonderful surprise. The history of Troubles and particularly the role of women was enlightening and sobering. The poster exhibit on 4 levels of stairs was amazing Upstairs there is a coffee bar in old world antiques and furnishings. In the library we found some details of family history in the note cards going back decades. So happy we found this exceptional museum.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 5, 2023
  • Lee
    Liverpool, United Kingdom695 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely delicious, breakfast in a beautiful and unusual settingAbsolutely delicious, breakfast in a beautiful and unu
    I will tour guide recommended that we eat here for lunch and we were certainly not disappointed. The beautiful tea room was located in the elegant library which had a fascinating poster collection amongst other exhibits. The staff are extremely friendly and the food was delicious. My vegetarian breakfast was one of the best that I have ever had.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 9, 2024
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Jessica R
Dublin, Ireland18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
It's free to go in. We were hoping to go to the cafe but it was closed. I heard good thing about the cafe. The place it just a small library and with posters in the stairwell. It might be a nice place to eat. But it is not worth it just to go for the library part.
Written February 23, 2023
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Soonkeum
Eugene, OR219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We happened to walk by and visited unexpectedly. It was a wonderful surprise. The history of Troubles and particularly the role of women was enlightening and sobering. The poster exhibit on 4 levels of stairs was amazing
Upstairs there is a coffee bar in old world antiques and furnishings.
In the library we found some details of family history in the note cards going back decades.
So happy we found this exceptional museum.
Written October 5, 2023
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Don I
Belfast, UK324 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, DC128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, CA101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, AZ138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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