Chetham's Library

Chetham's Library, Manchester: Hours, Address, Chetham's Library Reviews: 4.5/5

Chetham's Library
4.5
Monday
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
About
Chetham’s Library has been in continuous use as a public library for over 350 years. It is housed in a beautiful sandstone building dating from 1421 which was built to accommodate the priests of Manchester’s Collegiate Church.
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shamsor
33 contributions
Interesting historical place
Sep 2020
This is a must whilst in Manchester. Tours or appointments required. We did the tour and it was well worth the £6. This is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world. Built in 1451. Many cool things like the printing press where the saying " mind your P's & Q's" entered our lingo because they were easily reversed. The typeset characters were stored in a case with capital letters in the "upper case" and small letters in the "lower case.". How cool is that? See the table where Marx and Engels wrote the Communist Manifesto and Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language (1st edition). See the photos for all of this and more. Did not get bombed during the war so you are in original structure. BTW, the door with a small at the bottom is a 15th century cat door so the cats could guard against vermin. So much more here. Check it out!
Written December 21, 2020
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Barbara P
Manchester, UK221 contributions
Fabulous
Mar 2020 • Friends
Excellent hour spent on a guided tour of this amazing library. Well worth £5. Book on line for your tour
Written March 11, 2020
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MagWIan
London, UK8 contributions
Little Hidden gem
Aug 2019 • Friends
Having walked past the entrance for a decade I discovered the library after visiting the fabulous Turton Tower. The library has a wonderfully historic feeling and though escorted as a group you can enjoy the space quietly. For those who commute to and work in Manchester it’s really worth visiting this- the oldest public library in Britain
Written March 6, 2020
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Luke
Southport, UK32 contributions
Delightful And Interesting
Mar 2020
I have always had a soft spot for library's, and we enjoyed walking through. If i had time i would sit and read all day
Written March 6, 2020
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sst
Oslo, Norway99 contributions
Fascinating...
Feb 2020 • Solo
Fantastic! Must see!!! The opening hours are quite limited (only weekdays), check out and sign in for a guided tour before you arrive. Excellent guide! Really fascinating to see the 400 years old books..
Written March 1, 2020
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nicola
Bologna, Italy21 contributions
Awesome atmosphere.
Jul 2019
Lovely guided tour with really thorough, simple and enjoyable tour. Amazing feel throughout the whole place. Gardens kept beautifully.
Written February 12, 2020
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CdnTravelFan
Ottawa, Canada150 contributions
Quick tour but interesting
Dec 2019
This isn't very big but nice to visit. It's a short walk from the main shopping area and also free to visit.
Written December 19, 2019
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VanessaRoad
North Wales, UK4,908 contributions
So intetesting
Nov 2019 • Couples
We missed the tour last year as we hadn’t booked £5.50 pp for over 65’s. So we made sure we booked. We picked our tickets up at the Stoller Hall reception. We had a lovely tour guide who obviously loved the building and was full of interesting facts. Well worth visiting to sit where Engels and Marx studied. See the chained books. Read the first edition of Dr Johnson’s dictionary. By the printing press were the Capital letters in the uppercase and the initial letters in the lowercase!! Reminded me of where the phrase came from. DEFINATELY worth a visit
Written November 18, 2019
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candam
Chorley, UK167 contributions
A hidden gem
Jul 2019
A wonderful old library, steeped in history in the heart of Manchester. Intriguing and interesting. Well worth arranging a guided tour.
Written November 15, 2019
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unbelievable
7 contributions
Hogwarts style Library
Sep 2019
We went there on English Heritage Day, and I think that's why we didn't need to register beforehand. The library astonished me with its medival structure and old books. A must go for all visitors visiting Manchester!
Written October 26, 2019
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