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Portico Library

57 Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3HY, England
+44 161 236 6785
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A nice little library

Although it's free to visit, non-members can only visit the exhibitions they have on, and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RSC
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London
worth the climb for the visit

Over 200 years old, this unique private library is still housed in its original building, now only... read more

Reviewed 7 February 2018
peter29alex
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london
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57 Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3HY, England
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"original building"
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"trip down memory lane"
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"open to the public"
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"literature"
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"gems"
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"housed"
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"newsroom"
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"bibliophile"
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"researchers"
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"volumes"
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"libraries"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although it's free to visit, non-members can only visit the exhibitions they have on, and the collections are cordoned off. They do have a little cafe, but it's best to get there for lunch or brunch as by tea time there isn't much left. Currently...More

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

Over 200 years old, this unique private library is still housed in its original building, now only on the spacious top floor, with entrance on a side street. The collection, with books only available to members, is a reflection of the local culture in Georgian...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

I work near this place yet never knew it existed. What a lovely place, trip down memory lane for many. We ate and had a lovely homemade soup and sandwich on dainty little China plates. It's kept its original style and structure and is a...More

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Many years ago I used to go to Egyptology meetings at the library and didn't know it was now open to the public till Monday. The library is very beautiful and a glass dome ceiling and walls filled with books. The staff were very welcoming...More

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Reviewed 8 September 2017

The library is now housed above a pub - originally the library filled the building with a gallery on the upper floor. Now that gallery - with a new floor - is all that is left but it is enough to give a fine sense...More

Thank David F
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Reviewed 28 July 2017

Fascinating piece of history and architecture all rolled up in this small yet important reading room.

Thank Andrei H
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

The Portico library is the one where William Gaskell, the husband of the famous writer Elizabeth Gaskell, was chairman, and where his wife borrowed the books she read. One can only visit the library as a member, or by taking part in one of the...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

worth having lunch here just to take in this little bit of history. Interesting in a bijou way, atmospheric!

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Reviewed 6 March 2017

never change. lovely little library hidden door. you honestly are a serious hidden gem. i told my friend to go have a look round and she is such a bibliophile.

Thank Tori W
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

Bonkers little private library hidden away above a pub. The building is amazing, and the staff are friendly. There's a decent, if a little expensive coffee shop.

Thank Dan W
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Katie F
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Response from gourmet_ou_gourmand | Reviewed this property |
Wait until you see Chetham's Library ..... but you need to make an appointment.
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