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The Literary & Philosophical Society

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Newcastle’s treasure trove

Great library, just the way I dreamt of. Hidden corners to work, children’s section, magazine... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
An ancient and iconic library

Well worth a visit for lots of reasons but notably because this library, one of the first in the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great library, just the way I dreamt of. Hidden corners to work, children’s section, magazine, discussion groups, lectures. What’s not to like?

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank misog062
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit for lots of reasons but notably because this library, one of the first in the country, is so interesting. There is the advantage of being able to stay for hours (its a library) or have a quick look around, e.g. the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank robsonmccabe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is nowhere like it in the UK. If you visit Newcastle and can read, (or even if you can't), do go there. Unforgettable.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ThoseHelicopters
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place full of history and who would think of such a building in the middle of a busy modern city. A must for any sight seer or history lover and it is still a working library. Wonderful place

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RobScott1970
Reviewed 4 November 2018

I'd heard about the Lit & Phil from friends, but didn't really know what it was. I visited their website and instantly wanted to visit. Not only did I visit, I joined. There was a special offer on, and I paid about £100 for one...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 123Tammy9
Reviewed 27 October 2018

If you like books or maps this is the place to visit. Really enjoyed browsing books from everywhere, especially the old maps of Northumberland. very interesting library and well worth the visit. Delightfully quiet.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank keith j
Reviewed 26 October 2018

We found this place by accident online while searching for things to do in Newcastle. We were intrigued by the fascinating history this establishment has and decided to visit. We were not disappointed. What a beautiful place and if,like myself, you live for books and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Mop55
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

A truly magical place which transports you back to your childhood: when the library was a place full of authors you had yet to meet who would introduce you to strangers who would become life-long friends. The items on display just add to the delight.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Janice C
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

I love books and when I saw this place in TripAdvisor I knew that I needed to see this place. The oldest book was from the 16th century and the history this place contains is amazing.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank 649briank
Reviewed 19 September 2018

I didn't stay long as the place was too hot for me but it is a fascinating place full of old books (and old people reading them). I would love to go back if it was a bit cooler.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank john R
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