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Chetham's Library

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Way cool old library building, with some interesting history

If you like the feel of old buildings, this one is worth visiting. The books are so old, some of... read more

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A walk through history

A wonderful building full of atmosphere right in the heart of Manchester. You can learn about... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you like the feel of old buildings, this one is worth visiting. The books are so old, some of them are chained to the desks. Old wood, worn down over centuries. Marks and Spencer would meet there. Cool.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful building full of atmosphere right in the heart of Manchester. You can learn about philanthropy, admire an ancient printing press and walk in the footsteps of Karl Marx.

1  Thank ManchesterItalophile
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The oldest public library in England does not fail to meet anyone's expectations and is definitely worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. The sombre athmosphere, the many old books and publishing-related tools, the quiteness, the antique mansion... it is like stepping back in...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm so glad I visited here with a friend visiting from America. This is an important part of Manchester's history and sets an important context within world history also. Most of us mancunians walk past here say in, day out without a thought to the...More

Thank Hazel K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The library is the oldest public library in UK. It is open only weekdays, you will just need to get there, no tickets etc. They will give you a sticker. At some hours during the day, there will be a guide to take you through...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I didn’t even know that Chetham’s Library was open to the public, never mind that there are daily tours. There is a suggested donation of £3 & what excellent value for money this is. Our guide was knowledgeable & informative & I found out things...More

Thank KEM29_12
Reviewed 12 October 2018

This was an unexpected pleasure in Manchester. Visiting the oldest library in the English-speaking world was a great experience. My personal highlight was sitting at the desk at which Karl Marx had read books.

1  Thank TheNeshMeister
Reviewed 8 October 2018

We visited on one of their Heritage Open days so gained access to much more of the library than normal. It was all self guided but they gave us a good sheet with information. A lovely calm old building with racks and racks of rare...More

1  Thank Foodange
Reviewed 19 September 2018

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...More

3  Thank Maire S
Reviewed 15 September 2018

Wow what a beautiful place this is its a must see in Manchester what a fantastic old building with a beautiful library with very old rare books. The staff out outstanding and very approachable to get any information. They do tours on a Wednesday but...More

1  Thank lynbaz32
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Response from jrp56 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, but you need to check with the library perhaps its website will tell you. We rang the day before and the Lady was most helpful.0161 8347961. Enjoy your visit, it will be worthwhile.