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Gladstone's Library

Church Lane, Hawarden CH5 3DF, Wales
+44 1244 532350
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The Building, The Beautiful Library , The Food - Fantastic but don't forget the tour is only a glimpse

Worthy attraction and for those intereted in Gladstones Library 50,000 books in his orginal... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
IanUpton
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Bolton
Library, history, and food.

Very interesting place to visit- the library, Gladstone history , and s really nice cafe with... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
BillB_10
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Mold, United Kingdom
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Gladstone's Library is one of a kind - a residential library and meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good16%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“afternoon tea” (6 reviews)
“hidden gem” (5 reviews)
“sunday lunch” (4 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Church Lane, Hawarden CH5 3DF, Wales
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+44 1244 532350
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"afternoon tea"
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"hidden gem"
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"sunday lunch"
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"lovely lunch"
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"lovely building"
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"portion size"
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"salad"
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"on site"
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"home cooked food"
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"dining room"
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"interesting place"
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"homemade quiche"
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"beautiful surroundings"
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"food for thought"
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"lounge area"
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"free water"
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"gladstone"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Worthy attraction and for those intereted in Gladstones Library 50,000 books in his orginal collection and 150,000 all together. Beautiful building inside and out and a very good cafe. We had lasange and spinach and ricotta cannelloni which was tasty and in pleasant surroundings. The...More

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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Ian, thank you for the review and so glad you enjoyed your time with us. I hope we can look forward to welcoming you again soon. Amy

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very interesting place to visit- the library, Gladstone history , and s really nice cafe with food. Some very interesting courses and events too.

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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your comments and hopefully we can look forward to welcoming you back soon! Amy

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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

I once worked in this beautiful library a long time ago and it was with great pleasure to return and eat in the lovely cafe. We had tea and cakes -all delicious and served by friendly staff. My children were very interested to see where...More

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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Thank you so much for this kind review and so glad you enjoyed your visit and food! The Library has undoubtedly changed very much over the years and is now more open than ever before, but we hope the same ethos and spirit remains! Amy

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

I have attended a few courses here recently. The meeting rooms are well equipped and the refreshments are lovely, especially the home made biscuits. Love the atmosphere and the surroundings. The loos have gorgeous soaps from Myddfai Trading. The whole place just oozes history and...More

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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

Thanks so much for your review, really glad you enjoyed your time with us. Come back soon! Amy

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Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

I have attended many courses at Gladstone Library over the years. It has fantastic facilities including conference rooms, an excellent restaurant with freshly prepared food, accommodation and THE library. It is impossible to describe the library, it is totally incredible. It has an amazing history...More

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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

We struggle to put the Library into words ourselves, so wonderfully put. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we hope to welcome you back soon. Amy

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

We had a lovely lunch in very nice surroundings, there was a wide choice of food all prepared in the kitchens where you can see the prep of your food

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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

Really glad you enjoyed your lunch with us - thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Amy

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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Have wanted to visit this place for a while - but left very disappointed. On arrival, the gent at the front desk was having a heated discussion about guests making a payment and completely ignored us. We inquired about the theology tour and were advised...More

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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you for your feedback and please accept our apologies that you did not enjoy your visit on this occasion. Please be advised that Glimpses do leave at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm promptly so any guests wishing to join should be at Reception for this...More

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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Visited with a friend for a overnight stay. Rooms basic but clean and comfortable. ...the vintage style radio on the bedside table was a bonus... A very pleasurable relaxing stay. .....rediscovered our inner 'ommmm' and spiritual wellbeing Only negative would be a little less noise...More

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Reviewed 1 December 2017

Harry Potter would feel at home in this extraordinary Grade 1 building. Stay for a week if your're an academic (and sponsored..) or have a snack, or a meal, in their cafe "Food for Thought". If you go to the cafe, do take the short...More

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

Booked as part of a work event. What a place!!! The history, the architecture, the location are all amazing, and the library itself is like something out of a JK Rowling book. The conference facilities were exactly what we needed and the food on site...More

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