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Address: 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 9032 1707
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 17:30
Sat 09:30 - 16:00

This library, founded in 1788, is the oldest library in Belfast and...

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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Helpful staff with lots of social history

We visited the Linen hall library during our brief visit to belfast and were impressed by the wide range of interesting social history, including an excellent poster display but... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
Mike M
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

We visited the Linen hall library during our brief visit to belfast and were impressed by the wide range of interesting social history, including an excellent poster display but they also have a special Robbie Burns exhibition at the moment which is well worth seeing and a special collection, by Andrew Gibson, available to see by booking. Well worth a... More 

Thank Mike M
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Impressive beautiful old building. Large selection of books and magazines. Highlight is the huge collection of bound Ulster newspapers dating back to the 17 hundreds.

Thank jop12015
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

Learn the history of Ireland's last subscribing library! Browse the books and displays and have a bite in coffee shop. Take the stairs and see the political posters from 1970.

Thank maggiesgnes
Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Haven't been here in years since my student days. I had forgotten how good it was. So peaceful. So full of character. There is nothing to beat the look, feel and smell of old books. So much history in one place. So much information at your fingertips. So much more enjoyable than surfing the Internet. Long may it prosper.

Thank Joby135
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 580 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

If you visit the Titanic Experience, then the first display you meet on your tour tells of Belfast as the Linen Capital. It was particularly apt for us therefore to visit the Linen Hall Library situated just across from the City Hall. Whilst not the original 1788 building, it is housed in a listed Victorian former Linen Warehouse and is... More 

Thank bsandrs
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 September 2016

The building itself has been thoughtfully up-graded with a modern section bolted on to the original library building. While we were there there were two exhibitions. An exhibition of political posters from the years of the 'Troubles' and astronomical photographs. Both would have been worth a visit in a much larger museum. We really enjoyed our visit. Would definitely recommend... More 

Thank Steve M
Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

This place is one of the most historical places to visit in Belfast, especially if you like history and literature. It's packed with interesting and historical books, and you meet the most interesting characters in the library. Book lovers could easily spend a day in this place.

Thank Carrickwanderer
Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

The Linen Hall Library is legendary in Irish history, and it was a pleasure and privilege to finally visit. It may be a little shabby, but it is wonderful to see it being used by so many. Didn't visit the café, but it looked very nice.

Thank CK_the_translator
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Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Two of had coffee..small bite to eat, food disappointing.. service very shabby. Coffee cold.. inapproachable waitress. Library itself is brilliant as always was. Won't be having coffee or lunch again though !

Thank Suzette A
Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

It was great to visit this establishment as I love linen and I also heard so much about it. so pretty.

Thank Anna N

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