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Linen Hall Library

17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 1707
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First visit to this old library

Having lived in Belfast for over 60 years I an ashamed to say that I have never visited this old... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2018
jcshivers
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Wonderful place

A great place to visit if you're interested in Irish history. Literature, family history or... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2018
cpc2212
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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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 good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“city hall” (21 reviews)
“book lovers” (7 reviews)
“coffee shop” (11 reviews)
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17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 9032 1707
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Reviewed January 27, 2018

Having lived in Belfast for over 60 years I an ashamed to say that I have never visited this old and unique library. That was rectified yesterday 27 January 2018 when I called in to explore the books, displays, architecture and even had coffee. It...More

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RachBT1, Public Relations Manager at Linen Hall Library, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2018

Thank you for your review. We like to say we're an oasis of calm.

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Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

A great place to visit if you're interested in Irish history. Literature, family history or politics. It looks great, staff are helpful, even the snack bar is ok.

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Reviewed November 20, 2017

This is one of the best libraries in Ireland some of the books are very rare and worth seeing There is also a small coffee shop serving a slection of food .

Thank Willie N
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RachBT1, Public Relations Manager at Linen Hall Library, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2017

Hi, So glad you loved our Library. It really is a special place.

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Reviewed November 12, 2017

Lovely old place, it is like stepping back to your childhood memories of how a library would look, feel and smell ! Lots of nooks and crannies plus they have a coffee shop available if you decide to spend some time

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Reviewed November 6, 2017

I took my guests on a short visit to this lovely old library in Belfast. It is beside the Welcome Centre so they killed two birds with the one stone. The cafe was just the place to sit and have a wee chat about all...More

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Reviewed October 13, 2017

Browse through the books, sit in quiet corners, have a cup of coffee and enjoy one of Belfast Cities little treasures, definately a olace to visit even if not a complusive reader just to take in the ambiance of the old building and step back...More

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Reviewed September 24, 2017

I was glad we had visited the Linen Hall Library, but it can be done in a maximum of half an hour. The ancient books were very interesting to look at and the entrance stairway very imposing.

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Reviewed September 23, 2017

I almost didn't write this as I don't want too many people to know about this oasis of peace in the city centre. Apart from several floors of books to look at, it has a great wee cafe and a small assortment of food and...More

Thank B B
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Reviewed September 20, 2017

I did not go to the Linen library for a tour, but to do some studying. There are a number of desks with outlets for computers. It is very convenient in its location and very quiet though there are tours going on. The atmosphere is...More

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Reviewed September 13, 2017

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

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