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Chetham's Library, Manchester

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  • what an amazing building & architecture with great displays well worth a few hours - make a great film location or wedding photos  more »
  • This library is free and it comes with a guide! Ask ahead of time for your times and you wait at the gate with the security guard. When it's time, the guard will let you in through the carousel and th...  more »
  • Read about this library where Marx and Engles met and wrote about social reform - historic building, atmospheric, ancient books - straight out of Harry Potter! Friendly informative staff. We did not p...  more »
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  • What a secret treasure. The oldest 'public' library in the UK. Well worth a visit. Make sure you find out when the tours are. You cannot enter the property without a guide since it is also a functioning music school. The building and small grounds are picturesque. Interior takes you back in time to the middle ages. Well restored.
  • Amazing little secret jewel that I would advise anyone who's interested in books to go to!! The tour leader was a lovely lady who explains all the history of this place, you wouldn't believe it's free either
  • The library is lovely, picturesque and free (although surprisingly small) but the experience isn't ideal. Firstly make sure to plan your trip because entrance is only at specific times of day and you have to go with a tour. Our guide was confusing and rambling, making the tour far longer than it had to be when people were clearly impatient to move on.
  • 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.

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