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Gladstone's Library

Church Lane, Hawarden CH5 3DF, Wales
+44 1244 532350
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Beautiful library and delicious food

I once worked in this beautiful library a long time ago and it was with great pleasure to return... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gillybeanstravels
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Beautiful venue for meetings

I have attended a few courses here recently. The meeting rooms are well equipped and the... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2018
Strathpeffer123
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Inverness
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Gladstone's Library is one of a kind - a residential library and meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good15%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“afternoon tea” (6 reviews)
“hidden gem” (5 reviews)
“sunday lunch” (4 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Church Lane, Hawarden CH5 3DF, Wales
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+44 1244 532350
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"afternoon tea"
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"hidden gem"
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"excellent food"
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"homemade quiche"
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"lovely lunch"
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"lovely building"
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"salad"
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"on site"
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"portion size"
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"home cooked food"
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"dining room"
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"interesting place"
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"beautiful surroundings"
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"food for thought"
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"lounge area"
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"free water"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I once worked in this beautiful library a long time ago and it was with great pleasure to return and eat in the lovely cafe. We had tea and cakes -all delicious and served by friendly staff. My children were very interested to see where...More

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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this kind review and so glad you enjoyed your visit and food! The Library has undoubtedly changed very much over the years and is now more open than ever before, but we hope the same ethos and spirit remains! Amy

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

I have attended a few courses here recently. The meeting rooms are well equipped and the refreshments are lovely, especially the home made biscuits. Love the atmosphere and the surroundings. The loos have gorgeous soaps from Myddfai Trading. The whole place just oozes history and...More

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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your review, really glad you enjoyed your time with us. Come back soon! Amy

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Reviewed 1 February 2018 via mobile

I have attended many courses at Gladstone Library over the years. It has fantastic facilities including conference rooms, an excellent restaurant with freshly prepared food, accommodation and THE library. It is impossible to describe the library, it is totally incredible. It has an amazing history...More

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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We struggle to put the Library into words ourselves, so wonderfully put. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we hope to welcome you back soon. Amy

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Reviewed 27 January 2018

We had a lovely lunch in very nice surroundings, there was a wide choice of food all prepared in the kitchens where you can see the prep of your food

Thank Cynthia G
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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Really glad you enjoyed your lunch with us - thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Amy

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

Have wanted to visit this place for a while - but left very disappointed. On arrival, the gent at the front desk was having a heated discussion about guests making a payment and completely ignored us. We inquired about the theology tour and were advised...More

Thank ThirtyishDeb
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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you for your feedback and please accept our apologies that you did not enjoy your visit on this occasion. Please be advised that Glimpses do leave at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm promptly so any guests wishing to join should be at Reception for this...More

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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Visited with a friend for a overnight stay. Rooms basic but clean and comfortable. ...the vintage style radio on the bedside table was a bonus... A very pleasurable relaxing stay. .....rediscovered our inner 'ommmm' and spiritual wellbeing Only negative would be a little less noise...More

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Reviewed 30 November 2017

Harry Potter would feel at home in this extraordinary Grade 1 building. Stay for a week if your're an academic (and sponsored..) or have a snack, or a meal, in their cafe "Food for Thought". If you go to the cafe, do take the short...More

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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Booked as part of a work event. What a place!!! The history, the architecture, the location are all amazing, and the library itself is like something out of a JK Rowling book. The conference facilities were exactly what we needed and the food on site...More

Thank Nic C
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

I first visited here 50years ago as a student. Now I returned with friends to find an excellent cafe located there. Not much had changed in the library, but we went on a “glimpse tour” where you are shown the historic collection of Gladstone’s books....More

Thank Andrew S
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

I went for five days to study a 19th Century Anglican theological controversy, so am hardly typical in a way. The library is extremely conducive to study and, in my case, I could read Gladstone's own annotated copies of certain volumes: the librarian was very...More

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