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Chetham's Library

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wow - what a building and history!

Tucked away by Victoria Station is this amazing building full of the city's proud literary history... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
An absolute gem

Went on a tour of this wonderful building with Jonathan Schofield which lasted about 80 minutes, He... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ian M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tucked away by Victoria Station is this amazing building full of the city's proud literary history and adjoining it is the music school. It's one of the oldest medieval buildings in the city and probably one of the earliest libraries in the country. There was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank hildalg0
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on a tour of this wonderful building with Jonathan Schofield which lasted about 80 minutes, He talks about its history and famous people who have used the library with some fascinating anecdotes thrown in. There are some interesting rooms before you even reach the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like the feel of old buildings, this one is worth visiting. The books are so old, some of them are chained to the desks. Old wood, worn down over centuries. Marks and Spencer would meet there. Cool.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank rycharde_madethis
Reviewed 31 October 2018

A wonderful building full of atmosphere right in the heart of Manchester. You can learn about philanthropy, admire an ancient printing press and walk in the footsteps of Karl Marx.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank ManchesterItalophile
Reviewed 30 October 2018

The oldest public library in England does not fail to meet anyone's expectations and is definitely worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. The sombre athmosphere, the many old books and publishing-related tools, the quiteness, the antique mansion... it is like stepping back in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

I'm so glad I visited here with a friend visiting from America. This is an important part of Manchester's history and sets an important context within world history also. Most of us mancunians walk past here say in, day out without a thought to the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

The library is the oldest public library in UK. It is open only weekdays, you will just need to get there, no tickets etc. They will give you a sticker. At some hours during the day, there will be a guide to take you through...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank vildannbayram
Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile

I didn’t even know that Chetham’s Library was open to the public, never mind that there are daily tours. There is a suggested donation of £3 & what excellent value for money this is. Our guide was knowledgeable & informative & I found out things...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank KEM29_12
Reviewed 12 October 2018

This was an unexpected pleasure in Manchester. Visiting the oldest library in the English-speaking world was a great experience. My personal highlight was sitting at the desk at which Karl Marx had read books.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank TheNeshMeister
Reviewed 8 October 2018

We visited on one of their Heritage Open days so gained access to much more of the library than normal. It was all self guided but they gave us a good sheet with information. A lovely calm old building with racks and racks of rare...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from jrp56 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, but you need to check with the library perhaps its website will tell you. We rang the day before and the Lady was most helpful.0161 8347961. Enjoy your visit, it will be worthwhile.