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Address: 17 Donegall Sq. N., Belfast BT1 5GD, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 9032 1707
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 17:30
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This library, founded in 1788, is the oldest library in Belfast and...

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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A little gem in the heart of Belfast.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Toro24
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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, which I'm sure would be worth taking.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 and a special collection, by Andrew Gibson, available to see by booking. Well worth a... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank maggiesgnes
Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 your fingertips. So much more enjoyable than surfing the Internet. Long may it prosper.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 original 1788 building, it is housed in a listed Victorian former Linen Warehouse and is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 a visit in a much larger museum. We really enjoyed our visit. Would definitely recommend... More 

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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This place is one of the most historical places to visit in Belfast, especially if you like history and literature. It's packed with interesting and historical books, and you meet the most interesting characters in the library. Book lovers could easily spend a day in this place.

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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

The Linen Hall Library is legendary in Irish history, and it was a pleasure and privilege to finally visit. It may be a little shabby, but it is wonderful to see it being used by so many. Didn't visit the café, but it looked very nice.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Two of had coffee..small bite to eat, food disappointing.. service very shabby. Coffee cold.. inapproachable waitress. Library itself is brilliant as always was. Won't be having coffee or lunch again though !

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