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Linen Hall Library

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Had a 45 minute tour of the library with Martin. Very interesting history and dipped into some of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Cairns, Australia
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joined this library very recently, what a pleasant surprise. right in heart of city opposite City... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Joseph C
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.
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17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 1707
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had a 45 minute tour of the library with Martin. Very interesting history and dipped into some of the fascinating items stored at the library. Lovely little cafe inside.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DanielleMc29
Reviewed 6 days ago

joined this library very recently, what a pleasant surprise. right in heart of city opposite City Hall. Judith was very helpful at reception and lunch in the little cafe was first class. I shall go back there.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Joseph C
Reviewed 13 December 2018

The history of this unique library speaks volumes for its value and excellence. It is a haven of peace in the midst of the noisy city and staff are always helpful with requests. Long mat it last!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank terencebareham
Reviewed 7 November 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank dominicm517
Reviewed 15 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank JeaneenM5
Reviewed 23 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TheInfinityG
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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank npatrickb
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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

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