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Chetham's Library, Manchester

Categories: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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4.8/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
Chetham's Library is located in Manchester. See Chetham's Library and all Manchester has to offer by arranging your trip with our Manchester tourist route planner.
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  • This is an amazing library. The building itself is steeped in history, with an amazing story. The library is full of wonderful old books, and is still being added to. If you get a chance do the guided...  read more »
  • We took a guided tour (the only way to see it) and we were most impressed by our guide and what we saw. It was free and well worth waiting for the tour. The ancient building and the library on the fir...  read more »
  • You can sit in the box window at the very same table where Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels sat overlooking the medieval courtyard There they researched and discussed their "Communist Manifesto" Well wo...  read more »
  • A really beautiful place to visit if you're interested in books or history. You will need to book in advance as the library is visit by appointment only. The volunteer guide will walk round and tell you about the history of the building. The books are locked away, as expected, but it really doesn't detract from how special this place is. There are some display cases featuring books open at various pages, which I imagine will change regularly for conservation purposes. Visit, you won't be disappointed.
  • Beautiful and historical place. Look for Jonathan's guided trip to get an extended access to several nooks and crannies. Founded during Cromwell's Republic, library's buildings survived from 1421.
  • Incredible. One of Manchesters best kept secrets. There is free public access where you step back in time into a magical place. An historical tardis! The free lunch time concerts performed by the brilliant students were a privilege to attend.
  • Historical library. Some scenes of Harry Potter was filmed here.
  • The library is usually not open during the weekends so I was fortunate to be able to visit during the Manchester Histories Festival to enjoy a performance of ballads from their archive. It's a small library with most of the books on the shelf / locked away. Possibly because they're all very old examples of printed books and other valuable manuscripts. Nonetheless, both the interior and exterior are beautiful so worth a visit.
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