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Chetham's Library

Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB, England
+44 161 834 7961
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The world's oldest public library? Recommend without reservation

Most of Manchester's history is rooted in the Industrial Revolution and Victorian pomp but this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
John F
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
Amazing guided tour by volunteers

We visited the library with our small toddler and we were worried it wouldn’t be suitable, however... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2018
kalmk
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Manchester, England
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Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most of Manchester's history is rooted in the Industrial Revolution and Victorian pomp but this ancient building goes back much further than that, and the chance to visit what is billed as the oldest public library in the English-speaking world, in continuous use for more...More

4  Thank John F
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Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

We visited the library with our small toddler and we were worried it wouldn’t be suitable, however our most excellent, friendly and knowledgable tour guide Robert made it a lovely hour. We learnt a lot about the history of the building, as well as some...More

2  Thank kalmk
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

A must visit in Manchester. Ancient rooms, old books... like a trip to Hogwarts! Go... be amazed. Also go to Cathedral across the way. very nice

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

This is a pure delight - England's oldest public library, in a glorious school compound. The old bookshelves, the ancient works and the very informative guides who showed us around made this a delight.

Thank Lucie M
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Chetham's library is a places where you can smell the history. Some of the finest, rarest books in this wonderfully medieval building visited by Marx, Panhurst, Gaskell and many other greats who had or have a link to Manchester.

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Reviewed 26 May 2018

A plac e that is very intresting , Relatively small , but worth visiting . Espcially for those who want to see where Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels developed their theory .

Thank dofar
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Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

What an amazing place, the oldest lending library in England. We did a tour with Jonathan Schofield which was full of useful facts and insights which put the history in to context. Well worth a visit

Thank mcfc_fan2013
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Reviewed 19 May 2018

I'm not usually a fan of guided tours, preferring to make my own way round, but there was no other way to see this library. We were met promptly at the entrance, and it was immediately apparent that our guide was very knowledgeable and a...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2018

Amazing building with atmospheric dark and light sections, and incredible ceilings. Plus of course an amazing collection of books too.

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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

One of Manchester's oldest buildings and hold a fine collection of books. Founded in 1653 and is the oldest surviving library in Britain. This historic building also houses archives which help trace family history hense our visit. Fantastic history a must visit for historians and...More

Thank Martin E
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