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The Morrab Library

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Perfect subscription library

A must see for all bibliophiles. The library is located in the Morrab Gardens and provides the... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2018
Nice old library

It is normally a small fee to use the library, but they allowed us to have a look around for... read more

Reviewed 7 December 2017
Marius P
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11 Sep 2018
“Perfect subscription library”
7 Dec 2017
“Nice old library”
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Morrab House Morrab Gardens, Penzance TR18 4DA, England
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Reviewed 12 September 2018

A must see for all bibliophiles. The library is located in the Morrab Gardens and provides the perfect space for reading, writing, research. It is well stocked with a wide range of subjects (and fiction) and has special collections. Lots of rooms upstairs where it’s...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

It is normally a small fee to use the library, but they allowed us to have a look around for free. A nice of old books and some interesting newer ones.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Marius P
Reviewed 14 July 2017

This place is very interesting, informative, has books and files covering all of Penzance. Particularly the mines, which I'm interested in, being an engineer. You can find anything on the polldark mines, locations, what the mines actually produced and so much history of Cornish way...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Christopher B
Reviewed 14 March 2017

An absolute gem. Private subscription reference and lending library. Very well stocked with modern books/publications as well as magnificent historical collection. Quiet rooms, some with sea view, for study/reading/contemplating. Archive photo collection. See Humphrey Davy's very own chair! Lovely staff. It's like another genteel world....More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank RebekahYork
Reviewed 16 September 2016

An eclectic collection, limited by space, with some wonderful original titles. Poor on science, good on art and literature. A lovely place to write.

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank Stephanie F
Reviewed 14 September 2016

If you love books and remember how libraries used to be, you must visit this place. Amazing feeling of preserving local history too....well done to staff for such enthusiastic maintenance. Ps bought some enormous daff bulbs from here, looking forward to their blooms in the...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank lynaEngland
Reviewed 27 October 2015

this is one of the oldest private subscription libraries in the UK (early 19th century) and is well worth supporting. It is a charming place to work and has collections ranging from manuscripts, archives, journals and photographs to modern fiction and reference works. It is...More

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 14 October 2015

We came across this library by chance when walking around the attractive Morrab Tropical Gardens. It is one of the few private libraries in existence in England, dating back to 1818, housed in a fine Victorian mansion, and containing thousands of books, old and new,...More

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Gail N
Reviewed 27 September 2015

Stumbled upon this place as the main libray in Penzance had suffered storm damage and was closed. In fact I needed a computer to print a letter, what we found here was a splendid building housing a real library in charming surroundings. Unfortunately we couldn't...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Anyportman
Reviewed 5 August 2015

Trip Advisor seems to believe that the library is the only thing here, but there are beautiful, well-maintained public gardens stretching down toward the sea from the library. A peaceful oasis in the city of Penzance. A good place to wander or bring a book...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Nancy D
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