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Linen Hall Library

Closed Now: 09:30 - 17:30
Open today: 09:30 - 17:30
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Café good for toasties. A better bet than nearby chains or the City Hall. Library is a time capsule.

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If you love old libraries, you'll love this one. It's like walking into history. You'll find... read more

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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 yesterday

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

Thank Inspire315363
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank The Infinity G
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

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RachBT1, Public Relations Manager at Linen Hall Library, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Beautiful building worth a wander around. They also have exhibitions and interesting local history books.

Thank Yvonne C
Reviewed 13 July 2018

Living in Belfast had always passed the Library on the bus but had never ventured in. Although anyone can have a look around the general library you can book a tour, 5GBP a person, which lasts approx 45mins - 1 hour. The history of the...More

Thank sarahmE2017QQ
Reviewed 11 May 2018

Some interesting historical artifacts and some small rotating displays. Very attentive staff. Good rainy day pop in.

Thank dfeew99
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