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“A must-see for all book-lovers!”
Review of Chetham's Library

Chetham's Library
Ranked #7 of 193 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 6 May 2014

This library dates back to medieval times. It hasn't changed much since its origins. As a visitor without an appointment you are not allowed to actually read (or touch) the books, but you can still watch the shelves filled with ancient literature, and visit the magnificent reading room.

Thank Krstin
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

it is like a step back on time, even the smell in the library is medieval. historical too as i have seen the alcove where Marx & Engels conceived communism. forget the urbis, the printworks this is a hidden gem inside manchester city center

1  Thank fridjtoid
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

Chetham's is a big surprise when you consider it's location next to Manchester Victoria Station and the city centre. It really is a step back in time. We had a personal guide who showed us around she was both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the building. The library is amazing and best of all it is FREE. Just go to the security and they will arrange your visit. They also do free lunchtime concerts.

Thank bobbyclog
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

Visiting Manchester for a short break, my husband assumed as most people do that Manchester buildings apart from the Cathedral would date from the Victorian era so was surprised when I took him here to find a chunk of medieval England! Well signposted and near the Cathedral, don't be put off by the gated entrance. Just ask the security guard and he gives you a sticker to gain free entry and a map to find your way past the magnificent medieval buildings which initially housed the clergy of the Collegiate Church which eventually became the Cathedral. Arrive and ring the bell for admission then enter and enjoy seeing the treasures including chained books and the alcove where Marx and Engels sat while producing their theories on Communism. There is a tiny cloister with other rooms off which you can visit, all for free! Another of Manchester's gifts from a benefactor.

5  Thank caroleburrows9
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Unfortunately most of the site is out of bounds due to the fact that it is still a functioning school for extremely talented musicians, however you can get a sense of the atmosphere of the place as you make your way to the library.
The library itself is stunning and just reeks of history and it is hard to believe you are literally yards away from Victoria station. When you leave the library make sure you turn left to go towards the exit as you get to see more of the building and I even saw a small group of students being taught the piano in a beautiful hall / classroom. This place needs more reviews to ensure that it ranks towards the top 5 of things to do in Manchester. If you do go make sure you add a review for it.

2  Thank William B
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