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Linen Hall Library

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Amazing Space!

I went to the Linen Hall Library as I'd heard so much about it. I was suitably impressed. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dublin, Ireland
If you love Libraries or Genealogical Research - This is the place for you!!

We found Linen Hall Library to be a great stop! We were looking to conduct a bit of family research... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kathy G
Auburn, New York
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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.
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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

I went to the Linen Hall Library as I'd heard so much about it. I was suitably impressed. The librarians were very helpful and assisted me in my research into early Irish history. When I was finished I had lunch in the library cafe. Wonderful...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found Linen Hall Library to be a great stop! We were looking to conduct a bit of family research and were assisted by Mary, a lovely woman who was so helpful and kind. The library is easy to navigate and there is so much...More

Thank Kathy G
Reviewed 27 September 2018

Beautiful building and moving exhibit of original posters from The Troubles and a well thought out story line to follow through exhibit. Free!

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Reviewed 23 September 2018

Café good for toasties. A better bet than nearby chains or the City Hall. Library is a time capsule.

Thank Inspire315363
Reviewed 17 September 2018

If you love old libraries, you'll love this one. It's like walking into history. You'll find students doing research, locals reading history books and newspapers and others just passing time. The staff are extraordinarily helpful. Admission is free. If libraries are your thing, then go...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

A lovely old building ideally placed for coffee or lunch. Friendly staff, nice small gift shop, great views of City Hall.

Thank Niall B
Reviewed 8 September 2018

Lovely place to eat near city hall ,good value for money and just a little different,however you would need to be fit as there are steep stairs leading to the dining room that said most of us in the dining area were well over 60...More

Thank margaret h
RachBT1, Public Relations Manager at Linen Hall Library, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Hi, Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoy your visits to the Library. There is a lift to all floors in the Linen Hall. It is accessible through our Fountain Street entrance, just around the corner from the Donegall Square entrance. Thanks

Reviewed 6 September 2018

Right in the city centre but tucked away upstairs this was a tremendous find for delicious coffee and cakes at nearly half the price of the Cafe Nero we were in later on. Seek it out!

Thank MFWilson59
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Stumbled across the entrance of this intriguing private library by chance as it's not widely publicised. The staff were very welcoming and gave us a rundown it's interesting history. The interior is quite beautiful with a lovely staircase. There is also a very cosy café...More

1  Thank Brian S
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Yesterday I went to the Linen Hall Library to see an art exhibit with my wife, and as it was lunch time we decided to have a bite to eat in the library cafe. She had a delicious tuna and cheese melt on a bagel,...More

Thank William L
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