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Chetham's Library

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This is a fascinating and beautiful Early Modern library right in the heart of one of the most... read more

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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Chetham's has a long and interesting history, and this is very evident here. The Library is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Knutsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a fascinating and beautiful Early Modern library right in the heart of one of the most modern and vibrant cities. Entry is free (donations are suggested), but it is timed and led by a guide because the library is located within a school....More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chetham's has a long and interesting history, and this is very evident here. The Library is "something else" but remember the prestigious School of Music too. The buildings themselves are historic and impressive, bringing to mind a smaller Oxbridge college.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must-do if in Manchester since it is so unusual. The tour guides who are mainly volunteers were great and let you wander and soak up the atmosphere. History in front of you at every turn!

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have lived in South Manchester locality for 40 years and never been to Chethams before. Happened to walk past on this warm February day and found out a tour was imminent. Our guide escorted everyone across the courtyard (school area) to the older buildings where...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Michael N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a fascinating place of immense history. A library like no other and well worth a visit. Be careful of entrance times. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and painted a fascinating history of this very old building in the heart of the city. A visit...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 15 February 2019 via mobile

This library is the oldest public library in the English speaking area. We just bomped right into the beginning of a tour with the nice Erics, who is soo interesting and smart. The library was amazing.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 20 January 2019

Very few people know about it, and they are certainly missing out on this beautiful historic hidden gem! Close by Victoria Station and opposite the Museum of Football. Check out their website to double check opening times and special tours. This place is beautiful and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 13 January 2019

I visited as part of a walking tour of all the great Manchester libraries and Chethams has left a lasting impression. The parts I saw weren’t very large but were just as impressive as the depths of John Rylands - in particular I found the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 4 December 2018

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
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Reviewed 20 November 2018

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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