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Linen Hall Library

17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 1707
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Well done

This is an important stop to learn more about the importance Linen played in Belfast and Ireland... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2017
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A key part of Belfast history

Wonderfully informative and engaging tour by Gerry today on the history of the Linen Hall Library... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2017
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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.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 1707
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Reviewed 17 May 2017

This is an important stop to learn more about the importance Linen played in Belfast and Ireland. Very interesting and informative.

Thank catknitty
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Wonderfully informative and engaging tour by Gerry today on the history of the Linen Hall Library and its role in the social and political life of Belfast and its amazingly interesting and extensive collections. Definitely made me want to revisit and spend more time there.

1  Thank GlendaDublin
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I went on a university tour to the Linen Hall Library and It was just amazing. Seeing how the library started as safe place for the freedom of ideas and knowledge warmed my heart. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the library...More

1  Thank Lydia M
Reviewed 26 March 2017

A great place to learn about Northern Irish history and politics. It even has a gift shop and cafe close to the entrance!

Thank Syd98
Reviewed 23 March 2017

We had a great guided tour which ended much better than it began. The start was hard to hear as our group was in a corridor set up next to the cafe. When we moved to the upstairs and sat around the table, getting to...More

1  Thank Catherine C
Reviewed 23 March 2017

I visited with a group of students touring Northern Ireland. Gerry Devaney provided us with great insight into the history of the library - the only subscription library remaining in the UK. We loved learning about its roots in radicalism and its goals of promoting...More

Thank susandasc
Reviewed 15 March 2017

The Linen Hall Library is a gem and a revealing window into the history of Belfast and Northern Ireland. Their long, nonpartisan history of collecting "knowledge" and making it accessible sets a standard for all countries.The old world library ambiance is refreshing. Our group of...More

Thank Christine071
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Old fashioned library perfectly positioned in city centre. This place attracts tourists, especially American families, on the second floor looking up Irish ancestry records. Staff are super friendly and management always has special events lined up for different age groups. One thing I would suggest...More

1  Thank Spence R
Reviewed 27 February 2017

An excellent place to pop in for a read even if you are not a member. Exhibitions and events also take place there but the real star is the building itself.

Thank Renaat V
Reviewed 6 November 2016

An old-world library...thank God for that where everything has to be "modernised" these days. It's a subscription library dating back to 1788, but they welcome visitors and browsers. It's got a very calm, quiet feel to it and is very well-stocked. Apparently there are tours,...More

Thank Toro24
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