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“Imagine Harry Potter studying for his exams” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chetham's Library

Chetham's Library
Ranked #14 of 171 things to do in Manchester
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Imagine Harry Potter studying for his exams”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

A visit to Chetham's Library is well worthwhile despite only a small part of it being open to the public. This is how you imagine Hogwart's Library might look if it was re-located to Manchester. Karl Marx used to meet his friend Fredrick Engels here. Magic and revolution!

Visited May 2014
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“A must-see for all book-lovers!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited April 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“hidden gem of manchester”
4 of 5 bubbles 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

Visited April 2014
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Stalybridge,England
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“Incredible!”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited November 2013
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Durham, United Kingdom
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“Medieval Manchester”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2013
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