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Chetham's has a long and interesting history, and this is very evident here. The Library is "something else" but remember the prestigious School of Music too. The buildings themselves are historic and impressive, bringing to mind a smaller Oxbridge college.
Have lived in South Manchester locality for 40 years and never been to Chethams before.
Happened to walk past on this warm February day and found out a tour was imminent.
Our guide escorted everyone across the courtyard (school area) to the older buildings where...More
What a fascinating place of immense history. A library like no other and well worth a visit. Be careful of entrance times. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and painted a fascinating history of this very old building in the heart of the city. A visit...More
This library is the oldest public library in the English speaking area.
We just bomped right into the beginning of a tour with the nice Erics, who is soo interesting and smart.
The library was amazing.
Very few people know about it, and they are certainly missing out on this beautiful historic hidden gem!
Close by Victoria Station and opposite the Museum of Football. Check out their website to double check opening times and special tours. This place is beautiful and...More
I visited as part of a walking tour of all the great Manchester libraries and Chethams has left a lasting impression. The parts I saw weren’t very large but were just as impressive as the depths of John Rylands - in particular I found the...More
Tucked away by Victoria Station is this amazing building full of the city's proud literary history and adjoining it is the music school. It's one of the oldest medieval buildings in the city and probably one of the earliest libraries in the country. There was...More
Went on a tour of this wonderful building with Jonathan Schofield which lasted about 80 minutes, He talks about its history and famous people who have used the library with some fascinating anecdotes thrown in. There are some interesting rooms before you even reach the...More
If you like the feel of old buildings, this one is worth visiting. The books are so old, some of them are chained to the desks. Old wood, worn down over centuries. Marks and Spencer would meet there. Cool.