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Linen Hall Library

17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 1707
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a great place to visit

I was taken there by a friend from Belfast and in seconds I was really absorbed in the library... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Paul P
What a warm welcome ...NOT!

What a warm and wonderful welcome from the Linenhall Library today…NOT! For the last number of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Iloveart6
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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.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good31%
  • 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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"city hall"
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"book lovers"
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"coffee shop"
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"beautiful old building"
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"family history"
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"step back in time"
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"northern ireland"
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"collection"
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"libraries"
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"subscription"
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"genealogy"
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"ancestors"
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"browse"
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"literature"
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"propaganda"
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"exhibition"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I was taken there by a friend from Belfast and in seconds I was really absorbed in the library and the staff from the front door to the library were great and also the restaurant i recommend a visit here

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a warm and wonderful welcome from the Linenhall Library today…NOT! For the last number of years … I have walked onto the 4th floor of Linenhall Library – took a bound newspaper (one is always sitting on a trolley) – and read it in...More

Thank Iloveart6
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's an old-style reading library - nice and quiet in other words. There's exhibition space up the walls of the stairs and a cafe. If I lived in Belfast I'm sure I'd spend most of my days in here!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Linen Hall library is great! Centrally located and the brief guided tour was so interesting. This building in itself has a lot of history and the volumes and levels of the library are neat and well designed. Lots of work here with genealogy and The...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Beautiful building and place. Free to visit but can get very busy, facing city hall so very handy. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

I visit this restaurant regularly and i have never had a bad experience. The staff are virtually run off their feet and yet they very promptly and pleasantly serve and clear the tables in quick turnover times. whether you visit to use the quiet and...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

This is a small but beautiful building redolent of Northern Ireland's industrial past Nostalgic and well worth a visir

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Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

Interesting to have a wonder around especially for book lovers! It was very peaceful and strange how so many people still use it

Thank AmeliaAndAdam
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Reviewed 27 January 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

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

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

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Reviewed 22 January 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.

Thank cpc2212
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