Chetham's Library
Chetham's Library
4.5
Monday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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Chetham’s Library has been in continuous use as a public library for over 350 years. It is housed in a beautiful sandstone building dating from 1421 which was built to accommodate the priests of Manchester’s Collegiate Church.
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anna h
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I felt the tour was way too short and not worth the money.
When I booked my ticket online, it clearly gave me an option to email or pick up the ticket from the box office.
I went there about 20 min before and asked at the gate but the gate staff was so rude. He reluctantly explained that there was no box office and simply say my name when the tour guide arrives. Then the phone rang and he even used cuss words.
I really felt uncomfortable. Perhaps he just had a bad day but if you are hosting a paid tour, I expect the staff to be a bit more welcoming.

The tour itself was ok. Slightly short for what I expected. I didn't have enough time to enjoy the ambiance but apparently, everything is online so I will look it up.
I felt like it wasn't a very welcoming place at all.
Written 20 June 2024
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HJasmine
Manchester, UK124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A truly enriching experience! I booked one of the tour slots on a Saturday with my parents. Our tour guide was fantastic, he was enthusiastic throughout and actually revealed he had himself been a frequent visitor of the library for years before becoming a guide.
There’s layers of history to be discovered at Cheetham library - right in the centre of the city of Manchester! From an 15C monastery, 16C grammar school and of course a library.
On the tour, you get the opportunity to sit at the table that Marx and Engles wrote the communist manifesto!
Written 5 June 2024
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andreaz332018
Lake Macquarie, Australia37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
What a fabulous place. The guided tour was fantastic, although I felt sorry for those in our group who weren’t native English speakers: they had trouble understanding our guide’s accent, which thoroughly diminished their experience. In this day and age, audio guides should be an option for those who require it. As per our guide’s suggestion, I read up about the collection on the very thorough website, definitely a journey down the web-version of a rabbit hole, but oh so enjoyable.
Written 9 May 2024
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Jack S
Bolton, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Superb hidden gem in the centre of Manchester. A very unique historical location. Tool the tour with the family and we all enjoyed it and learnt a lot.
Written 21 February 2024
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Nannyannielou
York, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Very interesting place to visit, the guide, Emma, was very passionate about the history and was very informative. Good to go to if you have an interest in old books, architecture and history in general.
Written 18 September 2023
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permia
Ireland62,131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
It was an illuminating visit, seeing venerable tomes and listening to the engaging commentary.

Being in the oldest such library was special and memorable.
Written 8 August 2023
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Heather R
Blackrod, UK74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Had a wonderful tour led by John, who told the history of how Chetham’s Library came to be. What a fascinating story! John is very knowledgable about the Library and was very happy to answer questions asked by the group. It is a very atmospheric place, with the dark oak panelling and the smell of the old books all adding to the experience. A real treat to visit.
Written 31 May 2023
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Penelope
43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Highly recommend taking a guided tour here. Great place for fans of history and architecture. Our tour guides Barbara and Cath were excellent, giving short presentations at various locations throughout the building, for a total tour length of about 45min-1 hour including some free time to look around, take photos, etc. Highlights for me were the medieval cat flaps (super unique!), the devil's hoof prints, the table where communism was born, and seeing all the chained/locked up books (never seen anything like it!). Great experience!
Written 26 March 2023
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mirelew
Manchester, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Couldn't recommend this place enough: we won an auction of a private guided tour with Fran. My history obsessed daughters loved it. The smell of old wood, creaking, the lovely baronial hall and of course the lovely library. Not to be missed. Thanks again!
Written 23 February 2023
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Mark H
Bury, UK127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Booked the guided tour and had an amazing experience learning about the history of the building. Not to be missed for locals and tourists.
Written 29 December 2022
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