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The Pepys Library

Magdalene Street | Pepys Building, Magdalene College, Cambridge CB3 0AG, England
+44 1223 332100
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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
Matthew C
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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Off the beaten track...but free...!

I love the work of Pepys so this was a must whilst visiting Cambridge. Off the beaten track and the... read more

Reviewed 25 July 2017
Sharon E
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North Wales, United Kingdom
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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 entering the library, we will ask you to keep your bags in the library office. This is to ensure the safety and security of the bookcases. Please note that there are seasonal closures of the library. For more details please see our website. Groups of over 10 people must book a group tour in advance, outside of the public opening hours. For further details please see our website. We regret that, due to the historic nature of the building, that there is no lift access to the library and that children under 6 years old cannot be admitted. We hope to improve our access and provision for children in the future as part of the College's 'Future Foundations' fundraising campaign.
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10 Apr 2018
“What a hidden gem!”
25 Jul 2017
“Off the beaten track...but free...!”
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Magdalene Street | Pepys Building, Magdalene College, Cambridge CB3 0AG, England
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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

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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

Thank Sharon E
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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

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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

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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

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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

Thank zchug
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