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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 readers haven

Browse through the books, sit in quiet corners, have a cup of coffee and enjoy one of Belfast... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Magherafelt, United Kingdom
A quick visit

I was glad we had visited the Linen Hall Library, but it can be done in a maximum of half an hour... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jacqueline D
Colchester, 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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17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 1707
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
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 10 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
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