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Beautiful buiding and a good collection of books

This is an amzing building inside. The stairs, second floor, lights and everything looks so... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Zara I
A hidden gem of a library

The Lit and Phil is a hidden gem of a library. Its reading room dates from 1824. It is a private... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Haydon Bridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an amzing building inside. The stairs, second floor, lights and everything looks so sofisticated. I went there to take photos and it did not disappoint. It is close to the central station metro line and train which s easy to access.

Thank Zara I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Lit and Phil is a hidden gem of a library. Its reading room dates from 1824. It is a private library where the Good and the Great of Newcastle, particularly during the Victorian age gathered. If you want to see a slice of history,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just call in and gaze upon this historic environment. Up the stairs to the library, the whole place is welcoming and always got something going on.

Thank ChrisBurr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Lit and Phil is a wonderful space for reading, study, relaxation, or a quick visit. This library dates to the late 18th century as a subscription library where gentlemen could meet to read and discuss literature. It's in a lovely old building and is...More

Thank mairekennedybooks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this with my daughter, and she joined! The Society offers a place to read in a quiet room (if you join). For all, it offers old books of all genres, including children's and Newcastle/Northumbria historical books. It has friendly and helpful staff and...More

Thank Helen A
Reviewed 4 June 2018

I went to the tour of the library which is on the first Saturday of each month with my sister. Our guided tour around this hidden gem of a building was with Helen. She was fab, she brought the history of the library to life...More

Thank Catcherintherye2013
Reviewed 7 May 2018

The Building is a very historical building right in the hart of Newcastle City centre. The inside of the building you can go in and study , read and learn about the history of mining community of the area. The staff are friendly in here...More

1  Thank alexadams62
Reviewed 20 April 2018

What a treasure of a place - was passing and noticed a poster for an art lecture that evening. Thoroughly enjoyable. Arrived early and spent the time browsing and sitting in a comfy chair! Much better than the cinema! If I lived any where near...More

Thank Carol D
Reviewed 14 April 2018

The building is perfectly quiet which is great for studying and they have the biggest variety of books that I have ever seen! The staff are very friendly too. The only problem I'd say is that when you go upstairs, it's tilted and it creaks...More

Thank unknowngeordie
Reviewed 13 April 2018

Popped in as tourists to city and felt a warm welcome as non-members. Found the ambience delightful and settled down with some journals for longer than we intended ! We were treated to a wonderful free lunchtime baroque cello performance as well. A rare and...More

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