We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Chetham's Library

Closed: Closed
Open today: Closed
Review Highlights
Historical Atmospheric Gem

Attended with a friend and was given a free tour with about 10 others that was both informative and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Maire S
Cannock, United Kingdom

Wow what a beautiful place this is its a must see in Manchester what a fantastic old building with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Warrington, United Kingdom
Read all 294 reviews
All photos (231)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good23%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“karl marx”(19 reviews)
“reading room”(16 reviews)
Hours Today: Closed
See all hours
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
As featured in 3 Days in Manchester
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB, England
+44 161 834 7961
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Manchester
from US$22,90
More Info
from US$16,10
More Info
from US$16,10
More Info
from US$24,20
More Info
Reviews (294)
Filter reviews
236 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewskarl marxmedieval buildingreading roommusic schoolharry potterbook loversoozes historyduring term timeancient booksopen to the publicfree tourmanchester cathedralinteresting informationvictoria stationguided tourwalk aroundamazing building
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 236 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago

Attended with a friend and was given a free tour with about 10 others that was both informative and interesting. It made the library come alive in its various incarnations. Had my picture taken where Karl Marx and Engels met and did their research. Best...More

1  Thank Maire S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow what a beautiful place this is its a must see in Manchester what a fantastic old building with a beautiful library with very old rare books. The staff out outstanding and very approachable to get any information. They do tours on a Wednesday but...More

Thank lynbaz32
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our 6&7 year old girls to Chetham's library in Manchester for a visit and they loved it. It is the oldest English library in the UK....maybe in the western world....almost 400 years old with approximately 100,000 books.You can almost feel as if you...More

1  Thank Robert8888Lee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful library and reading room maintained to what it was like so many centuries ago. And the tour was just the right amount of time, and free!

Thank Dream563397
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My first library visit in the UK, and I was impressed by both the atmosphere and architecture of the place. They only do guided tours, but the guide gives a general explanation for 10 minutes and then you are free to walk around and take...More

Thank vcab757
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I gave 4 stars because I had been to a better library. I believe that The John Ryland's library was better compared.

Thank Sayed Mahmood Q
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Feels like your in Hogwarts library, it almost doesn't seem real. An amazing experience and a real book lovers dream.

Thank stekeane
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There is little to say about such a library as the appreciation has to be experienced to be believed. Visit and also the Manchester Cathedral next door and whilst in the area see the RomanRuins in the adjacent book store and cafe.

Thank Stephen H
Reviewed 15 August 2018

The reading room is beautiful and a must visit. The history of the library and the work of the Rylands family is interesting too.

Thank Mancunian53
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Then this is for you. The area has been occupied since before the Romans but the buildings of interest now are medieval. Built in 1420 the buildings are absolutely beautiful. The library is awesome. Give it a go - you won’t be disappointed.

Thank WMDHale
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 123 hotels in Manchester
Roomzzz Manchester Corn Exchange
79 reviews
.20 km away
Mitre Hotel
1 077 reviews
.22 km away
Premier Inn Manchester City Centre (Arena/Printworks) Hotel
2 600 reviews
.23 km away
Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel
1 812 reviews
.33 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 2 499 restaurants in Manchester
Alston Bar & Beef
469 reviews
.15 km away
515 reviews
.14 km away
Grindsmith The Pod
36 reviews
.19 km away
Wahaca Manchester
1 175 reviews
.21 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 610 attractions in Manchester
National Football Museum
3 259 reviews
.12 km away
Manchester Cathedral
1 138 reviews
.23 km away
Arndale Centre
863 reviews
.29 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Chetham's Library staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines