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Linen Hall Library

17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 1707
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Great place to visit

Went to the Christmas market today then needed to chill out with coffee. This is the place to o it... read more

Reviewed November 19, 2014
Amy M
A vibrant working library

The history of this Belfast institution is fascinating, beginning with its Enlightenment values... read more

Reviewed November 5, 2014
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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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“city hall” (19 reviews)
“book lovers” (4 reviews)
“borrow books” (3 reviews)
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17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 1707
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Reviewed November 19, 2014

Went to the Christmas market today then needed to chill out with coffee. This is the place to o it. Very relaxing atmosphere. Well furnished and good coffee.

1  Thank Amy M
Reviewed November 5, 2014

The history of this Belfast institution is fascinating, beginning with its Enlightenment values founding, through a number of relocations, to the fine establishment it is today. The entrance is ornate, leading to an elaborate staircase. It was quite busy at the time of our visit,...More

1  Thank permia
Reviewed October 3, 2014

Called in the other day just because someone else was "spending a penny". (Amen for accessible toilets anywhere!) While I waited I marveled at the many genuine posters displayed on their stairwell wall - real ones from decades past. Many were political, one sports a...More

1  Thank Steveodo
Reviewed September 19, 2014

Linen Hall Library is an oasis in the centre of Belfast, was once the "city hall" before the present City Hall was built. Visitors welcome, smell the books - touch the books - read the books! Research your ancestors, absorb the history, feel the atmosphere,...More

Thank maggiesgnes
Reviewed September 18, 2014

Possible the only library in the world financed by private subscription. As such, the archive material is second to none. A conducted tour of the library and its archives is on offer (for a mere £3.50). The material covers the history of Northern Ireland from...More

Thank John L
Reviewed September 1, 2014

A wonderful space in which to browse the book collection, read magazines and newspapers, have coffee/snacks and perhaps catch one of the many excellent talks on a variety of historical and literary subjects.

Thank quaestor
Reviewed August 31, 2014

We went to this library in downtown Belfast to see what kind of genealogy collection they had. While it was not extensive it was very interesting, and the library itself was interesting and conducive to spending some time in. There is a good lunch room...More

Thank Peri2114
Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

I am a member and study here . It is a resource for the scholar and amateur . Wonderful surroundings. Helpful staff. Great atmosphere. Anyone who does not like it simply doesn't get it.....

Thank wardenhodges
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Wanted to visit this place for a while but when my husband and I walked up the stairs yesterday the smell that hit us, something like smelly cheese and cabbage, meant we couldn't entertain staying. Shame!More

Thank Annwyn49
rachelj606, Public Relations Manager at Linen Hall Library, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2014

Hello, thank you for getting in touch to share the experience of your recent visit to the Linen Hall Library. We greatly value and appreciate all feedback received from our customers, and I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to you for any...More

Reviewed July 25, 2014

I have to say that I am a member of the Library so might be a bit biased. visited recently for a lunchtime event. 2 actors doing separate pieces from Irish literature really enjoyed it..... Library full of history - all the way back to...More

1  Thank Michael M
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