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Linen Hall Library

17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 1707
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Linen Hall Library

We went in having been advised by our tour guide Arthur Magee that it was one of many good places... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
A real find for History and book lovers

This library founded in 1788 is the oldest library in Belfast. It is a private library although... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
William M
Chicago, Illinois
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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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“book lovers” (4 reviews)
“borrow books” (3 reviews)
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17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 1707
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went in having been advised by our tour guide Arthur Magee that it was one of many good places to get a light lunch. It had a nice atmosphere inside, the snack and drinks were good and it was interesting to look around after...More

Thank zcb2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

This library founded in 1788 is the oldest library in Belfast. It is a private library although voting is no longer required for you to join. Irish genealogy and local studies collection. The largest Robert Burns collection outside of Scotland. Over 300,000 items, artifacts, posters...More

Thank William M
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Excellent archive of books This is not a borrowing facility.Excellent fo research and browsing.Lovely peaceful place.Lift and toilet facilities

Thank bmclmar46
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Visiting the Linen Hall Library really complements a visit to Belfast City Hall (across the street). It is foremost a working library, so definitely time your visit to take the once daily tour (see website) - otherwise, you can still wander and look at the...More

Thank C_Robert_E
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We chanced on this walking around town and found the current exhibition 'Divided Society' to be excellent. A vertical wall display over 5 floors explaining the history of 'the troubles', the posters, the propaganda and the personal stories. Really well done and worth a visit....More

Thank Jennifer F
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Found this library on a side door near the information centre. It has a wonderful display of photographs (vertical gallery) depicting the more recent history of Belfast. Did not actually go into the library sections.

Thank Marie M
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Lots of interesting books and information for anyone interested in the history of Belfast or researching a family tree involving ancestors from N Ireland.

Thank bethnalbabe
Reviewed 6 July 2017

I love books and I am always happy to go to libraries. When I read in my turist guide (I got in the turist office in Belfast) about the Linen Hall Library I went there. Once inside I kept wondering why was it in the...More

Thank Jenika I
LinenHallAdmin, Public Relations Manager at Linen Hall Library, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2017

Hi, I'm sorry that your visit to the Linen Hall Library did not meet your expectations, but were heartened to hear that you would recommend the Library as a normal library. As well as operating as a fully-functioning library, the Linen Hall has a number...More

Reviewed 28 June 2017

This historic working library can be visited without charge but help to maintain it by booking onto the £5 tour to learn more about it past and about its unique collections. Finish off by taking refreshment in the Library tearoom

1  Thank Ibis_user
Reviewed 16 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
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