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Address: Abbey Street, Armagh BT61 7DY, Northern Ireland
Phone Number:
+44 28 3752 3142
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10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
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Founded in 1771 by Archbishop Robinson, this library features the rich...

Founded in 1771 by Archbishop Robinson, this library features the rich collection from Robinson's personal library containing 17th- and 18th-century books on such topics as Theology, Philosophy, voyages and travels, history, medicine and law.

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Second only to Trinity Library in Ireland

Armagh Public Library rivals Trinity College Library if not for size but for the quality of the exhibits. Original Handel's Messiah, Gulliver's Travels & early editions of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Leigh90210
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Armagh Public Library rivals Trinity College Library if not for size but for the quality of the exhibits. Original Handel's Messiah, Gulliver's Travels & early editions of Shakespeare. The curator and staff were approachable and very knowledgable. What was best was that I was able to handle the 'Handel's' Messiah - under supervision & with gloves on. The space is... More 

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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Spent a wonderful hour here on Georgian day. The staff were so informative and the books both in range and age were amazing. Thank you.

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Thank Denise H
Portadown
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I visited the building with my work. I had no idea how interesting it was. The atmosphere in the library was amazing. Excellent facilities .

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Thank Ramoneh
Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Immediately something different. Clever activity sheets for all ages. A smaller version of the Old Library in Trinity College Dublin and just as grand and important. Delightful, friendly and helpful staff.

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Thank Hampman
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We visited here thanks to the European Heritage Day. In fact we had never heard of it. As a book-lover, my jaw dropped when i walked in! I could not believe my eyes. Floor to ceiling with old books. As a bible student, i was over the moon to see a 1611 Breached Bible in the display. The staff were... More 

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Tianjin, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

A small, very plain, classical building situated at the top of the hill, behind the Protestant Cathedral. You have to ring the bell for entry, but don't let this put you off as the librarian was charming and extremely welcoming. The library is upstairs and reminiscent of the great library at Trinity, although on a much smaller scale. Treasures include... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Called in today on a whim while visiting a friend from Armagh and was greeted with the warmest of welcomes. This library is wonderful with so many secrets just waiting to be discovered. I could have spent all day here

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1 Thank Emil7793
Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

The oldest library! So many fantastic books, and the librarian is the most knowledgeable lady ever! I even had the privilege to hold in my hands the actual drawings of the architect who had designed it! Everyone should visit this place!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Visited this library while on a short break in Armagh. Had our 9 year old daughter with us and we were initially a little concerned as we rang the bell that it was not the place to bring her! The lady inside was so welcoming and helpful. There were 2 treasure hunt trails for her to complete while we explored... More 

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Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

Ring the bell at the street door to gain access to this library - stairs will take you up - there is a chair lift attached to the stairs if required - the staff were most helpful in my quest for ancestry information - but there are plenty of very old books to peruse or interesting cabinet displays to browse

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