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Linenhall Library


Monday - Friday 10.30am

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Price: £5 per person
Tour size: maximum 15 people
Duration: 45 minutes
Monday to Friday at 10.30am

Group tours available on request – £8.50 per person (includes tea/coffee/scone)

Familiarise yourself with one of the most important and fascinating cultural institutions in Northern Ireland. This tour gives an insight into the history of the Library, taking in the wealth of collections available and the stunning listed Victorian building in which they are housed. Get a sense of the burgeoning city of Belfast and the vital role the Library has played in it since its opening in 1788.

Starting in the main reception at the bottom of the curved Victorian oak staircase, discover the early history of the Linen Hall from its first tentative meetings in a pub, to its current residence in a listed Victorian linen warehouse. Learn about the early members of the Library, the swirling political climate in which it was established and the colourful cast of characters that set it up.

Finally get a glimpse at some of the world famous archives held by the Library including the Irish and Local Studies Collection, Genealogy Collection, Theatre & Performing Arts Archive and the internationally renowned Northern Ireland Political Collection.

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Linenhall Library

The Linen Hall Library is a truly unique institution. Founded in 1788, it is the oldest library in Belfast and the last subscribing library in Ireland.

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