Chetham's Library
Chetham's Library
4.5
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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
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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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Ritasaurus
Greensborough, Australia265 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
We turned up thinking we could just have a walk through the library, but at the entrance we were told that it was only open for guided tours.

Then as my cousin was holding his phone up, the staff at the gate walked out and told us that we were not allowed to take photographs. Although we didn’t take a photo at the actual gate, the staff member made us open up the photos on our phone and we had taken one earlier from further away out on the street and he made us delete it and then also go into the recently deleted folder and delete it from there as well. This was due to students being onsite, which we understood, but there were no signs on the outside of the building stating no photographs were allowed.
Written March 12, 2022
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Healthtouch - Deirdre Carolina
London, UK297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Wow what a gem. Incredible place. I booked a tour for Chetham's Library on a recent visit to Manchester. In April 2022 it was a 2pm tour and you
meet at the gates of the Music school.

Finding the place is a little tricky. This was very helpful - "The location of Chetham’s, which is located opposite the National Football Museum. Entry to the Library is through the main gate on Long Millgate, M3 1SB, just off Cathedral Gardens."

Sian Louise was our guide, she was an incredibly good speaker, funny, full of stories and history........... clearly loves the place and works incredibly hard. The tour takes 75 - 90 mins

A real gem if you are looking for something different.
Written April 23, 2022
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Heather R
Blackrod, UK72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Had a wonderful tour led by John, who told the history of how Chetham’s Library came to be. What a fascinating story! John is very knowledgable about the Library and was very happy to answer questions asked by the group. It is a very atmospheric place, with the dark oak panelling and the smell of the old books all adding to the experience. A real treat to visit.
Written May 31, 2023
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Bernadette N
Oldham, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Had an amazing tour of the Library today and just wanted to say thanks to the tour guide who made the experience so memorable. She was so informative and made the whole tour a delight. It was like going back in time and we were made to feel part of the place. I cannot recommend this tour enough, so if you haven’t been then put it on your list.
Written May 6, 2022
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JRMADA
United States3,394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
What a great way to spend 90 minutes of our time! We felt like we were in the set of Harry Potter somewhere in Hogwarts. This place is fascinating and the tour guides are the best. The history here is palpable, and one of the most memorable experiences we’ve had so far. This is the place where the “birth” of the Communist Manifesto took place. Marx and Engle did research here. Well worth the price of admission. Go see it.
Written September 7, 2022
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mirelew
Manchester, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Couldn't recommend this place enough: we won an auction of a private guided tour with Fran. My history obsessed daughters loved it. The smell of old wood, creaking, the lovely baronial hall and of course the lovely library. Not to be missed. Thanks again!
Written February 23, 2023
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MagWIan
London, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK23,078 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Chetham’s Library and School of Music are a central feature of the life of the City. A calm oasis surrounded by the Cathedral, Victoria Railway Station and even the National Football Museum, some of the buildings within the complex date back to the beginning of the 15th century. There are many treasures to discover and enjoy starting, of course, with the architecture, but also a “chained” library and connections to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Visiting is by by guided tour and whilst out of the main tourism season it may be possible to book on the day, it is better to plan ahead using the website for a timed slot, meeting in advance at the main gate. Our guide was excellent with great knowledge and humour and gave us and the others in the group a memorable tour which was one of the highlights of our stay in the City.
Written August 18, 2019
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Maire S
Cannock, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
Attended with a friend and was given a free tour with about 10 others that was both informative and interesting. It made the library come alive in its various incarnations. Had my picture taken where Karl Marx and Engels met and did their research. Best spot in the library, it was a wise choice on their part.
Tour lasts about 40-45 mins and runs hourly on the hour. See their website for exact times. As the library is part of the Chethams Music school, visitors need to be respectful and aware of child protection issues and conform to rules.
Written September 18, 2018
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BRIAN R
Holywell, UK246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
It is like going back into the 19th Century, a HARRY POTTER location-don't miss it, the wood panelling is a delight
Written January 28, 2015
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