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Linen Hall Library

17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 1707
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This is one of the best libraries in Ireland some of the books are very rare and worth seeing There... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2017
Willie N
Newtownards, United Kingdom
A gem in the middle of the city

Lovely old place, it is like stepping back to your childhood memories of how a library would look... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2017
Enniskillen, 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 good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 1707
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Reviewed 20 November 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
RachBT1, Public Relations Manager at Linen Hall Library, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

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

Reviewed 12 November 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

Thank mcallistern
Reviewed 6 November 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

Thank janeokane
Reviewed 13 October 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 24 September 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.

Thank Jacqueline D
Reviewed 23 September 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
Reviewed 20 September 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

Thank luvrockymts
Reviewed 13 September 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

Thank zcb2016
Reviewed 9 September 2017

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
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