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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
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
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
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
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Management response:Responded 27 July 2017
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
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
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