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The Pepys Library

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A must see for the admirers of Samuel Pepys

This library with the original content as brought together by Samuel Pepys is a must see for all... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2018
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
What a hidden gem!

Brought a group of Year 12 students thinking of applying to Cambridge University to visit Magdalene... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2018
Reigate, United Kingdom
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30 Jun 2018
“A must see for the admirers of Samuel Pepys”
10 Apr 2018
“What a hidden gem!”
Come and see the fascinating library collection of Samuel Pepys at Magdalene College Cambridge. The library is housed in their original bookcases, or ‘book presses’ as Pepys called them, and the collection includes his original diaries. Upon...more
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Magdalene Street | Pepys Building, Magdalene College, Cambridge CB3 0AG, England
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Reviewed 30 June 2018

This library with the original content as brought together by Samuel Pepys is a must see for all those who admire this man. Most famous for his diary that Pepys wrote between 1660-1669 he is also known as the man who reformed the English Navy...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Brought a group of Year 12 students thinking of applying to Cambridge University to visit Magdalene and to see this wonderful library which the college protects and preserves. Some wonderful volumes here such an original Mathematica Principia by Newton and so many other rare books....More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

I love the work of Pepys so this was a must whilst visiting Cambridge. Off the beaten track and the crowds, which was a nice plus. The gardens are very pretty and calming too. The entrance to the college was free and to the libraries...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank 652sharone
Management response:Responded 27 July 2017

Dear Sharon, Many thanks for your positive review. As you mention, there is no disabled access at present as the library is set in a 17th century building, but we are looking at plans to improve this in the near future, related to Magdalene College's...More

Reviewed 16 May 2017

This is quite literally a hidden gem. Numerous adjectives wouldn't begin to describe it. A fantastic piece of History from one of Britain's most prodigious periods. Even if you don't have a particular interest it is well worth the effort to see such a unique...More

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank Charlie L
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

We happened across this when we were visiting Cambridge. It wasn't advertised until we were inside the college. A gem. Beautiful and very interesting

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank zoeice
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Part of Magdalene College, but should be listed in its own right. Perhaps of rather specialist interest, but in a beautiful building with a helpful, friendly librarian available. Wonderfully old-fashioned and refreshingly free of corporate branding etc. Buy the guide before you enter, for £1...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank zchug
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