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Linen Hall Library

17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 1707
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Must-See Window Into Belfast's History

The Linen Hall Library is a gem and a revealing window into the history of Belfast and Northern... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2017
Atlanta, Georgia
Quiet Refuge from Belfast city

Old fashioned library perfectly positioned in city centre. This place attracts tourists, especially... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2017
Spence R
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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 15 March 2017

The Linen Hall Library is a gem and a revealing window into the history of Belfast and Northern Ireland. Their long, nonpartisan history of collecting "knowledge" and making it accessible sets a standard for all countries.The old world library ambiance is refreshing. Our group of...More

Thank Christine071
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Old fashioned library perfectly positioned in city centre. This place attracts tourists, especially American families, on the second floor looking up Irish ancestry records. Staff are super friendly and management always has special events lined up for different age groups. One thing I would suggest...More

1  Thank Spence R
Reviewed 26 February 2017

An excellent place to pop in for a read even if you are not a member. Exhibitions and events also take place there but the real star is the building itself.

Thank Renaat V
Reviewed 6 November 2016

An old-world library...thank God for that where everything has to be "modernised" these days. It's a subscription library dating back to 1788, but they welcome visitors and browsers. It's got a very calm, quiet feel to it and is very well-stocked. Apparently there are tours,...More

Thank Toro24
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We visited the Linen hall library during our brief visit to belfast and were impressed by the wide range of interesting social history, including an excellent poster display but they also have a special Robbie Burns exhibition at the moment which is well worth seeing...More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Impressive beautiful old building. Large selection of books and magazines. Highlight is the huge collection of bound Ulster newspapers dating back to the 17 hundreds.

Thank jop12015
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Learn the history of Ireland's last subscribing library! Browse the books and displays and have a bite in coffee shop. Take the stairs and see the political posters from 1970.

Thank maggiesgnes
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Haven't been here in years since my student days. I had forgotten how good it was. So peaceful. So full of character. There is nothing to beat the look, feel and smell of old books. So much history in one place. So much information at...More

Thank Joby135
Reviewed 5 October 2016

If you visit the Titanic Experience, then the first display you meet on your tour tells of Belfast as the Linen Capital. It was particularly apt for us therefore to visit the Linen Hall Library situated just across from the City Hall. Whilst not the...More

Thank bsandrs
Reviewed 30 September 2016

The building itself has been thoughtfully up-graded with a modern section bolted on to the original library building. While we were there there were two exhibitions. An exhibition of political posters from the years of the 'Troubles' and astronomical photographs. Both would have been worth...More

Thank Steve M
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