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Guided Tour, Sat 16 Sep 2017, free entry

Guided Tour

Guided Tour


Visit us on Saturday, 16th September as we open the doors of the library to everyone as part of Open Doors 2017.

Join one of three FREE hour-long, curator-led tours where you’ll learn about our unique and distinctive collections and the man who founded them, W.E. Gladstone. You will also go behind the scenes into Closed Access, our secure store - get up close with almost 6,000 items printed before 1800, some dating from the early 16th Century. There will also be a display of beautiful and fascinating items from our diverse collection.

60-minute Curator-led tours of the Library take place at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.

After your visit, why not stay for tea, coffee and cake in our bistro, Food for Thought (open 10am - 5pm). We serve a full lunch menu between 12pm and 2pm, and light bites between 2pm and 5pm.

Come along and see the library and its collections as they are rarely seen by the public. We hope to see you there!

To book your tour or make a lunch reservation, please call 01244 532350 or email

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 16 Sep 2017 10:00 to 17:00
Tours take place at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm, lasting an hour.


Free entry

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Sat 2 - Sun 3 Sep Gladfest 2017
Mon 4 - Fri 8 Sep Latin Second Steps
Sat 16 Sep Open Doors
Thu 21 - Sat 23 Sep Putting the End of the World in Perspective


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Map reference: SJ 314659  Lat: 53.18576 Long: -3.02804

Gladstone's Library is easily accessible by road and rail, just fifteen minutes drive from the M56 and six miles from Chester where there are regular train connections to London and other UK cities. Both Liverpool and Manchester airports are within easy reach.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Chester station


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality