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Gladstone's Library

  • Visit Wales 4 Star Guest Accommodation

Guest Accommodation with 26 rooms £69-£131 prpnb

Church Lane,



Church Lane,


Situated in the friendly and historic village of Hawarden, Gladstone's Library offers good food and comfortable accommodation at very reasonable prices.

There is nowhere to stay quite like Gladstone's Library. Founded in 1889 by former Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone, this is a Grade I listed building and Britain's finest residential library - we offer bed, board and books.

The 30,000 books with which Gladstone started the Library have now grown into a unique collection of more than 150,000 books, pamphlets and journals covering a wide range of subjects including art, theology, literature and history.

There is no charge for non-residents to study in the Library, although people wishing to access the Reading Rooms must sign up as Readers.

The Library's coffee Shop 'Food for Thought' is open 9am to 7.15pm daily offering a tempting selection of breakfast items, lunches, homemade cakes and tea and coffee. Sunday Lunch is served from 12pm - 2pm.

Bedrooms have recently been refurbished to a high standard. Most rooms have en-suite facilities and all come equipped with a writing desk and tea and coffee making facilities.

Gladstone's Library is a three-star conference venue with facilities which are ideally suited to groups of up to thirty six. We have four meeting rooms which can be set up to meet your individual requirements. We offer highly competitive rates. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

Hawarden is easily accessible from the rail and motorway networks and provides an excellent base for exploring Chester and North Wales.

Whether you come to stay or just pop in for a cup of coffee, you will find a warm welcome at Gladstone's Library.

TelephoneRadioTea/coffee making in bedroomsLicenced (table or bar)Special diets availableLounge for residents' useIroning facilitiesConference facilitiesSnacks/afternoon teaPrivate parkingGardenTotally non-smokingDogs/pets NOT acceptedBuilding of historical interestDisabled facilitiesCentral heatingLaundry facilitiesElectric shaver pointsTelevision availableRestaurant open to non-residentsVisa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedVegetarian diet availableDesignated smoking areaWiFi or internet accessSingle sex groups welcomedEvening mealsHairdryerHigh chairs availableReal log/coal firesStaff fluent in FrenchMobility Accessibility Facilities


Plan route to Gladstone's Library using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

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

The nearest mainline rail station is Chester. A regular bus service runs from Chester station to Hawarden.
Hawarden station is on the Wrexham - Bidston line operated by Arriva Trains Wales.
From A55 - take Broughton exit. At roundabout follow signs to Hawarden, then 90 degree right immediately after lights.


  • TelephoneTelephone
  • RadioRadio
  • Tea/coffee making in bedroomsTea/coffee making in bedrooms
  • Licenced (table or bar)Licenced (table or bar)
  • Special diets availableSpecial diets available
  • Lounge for residents' useLounge for residents' use
  • Ironing facilitiesIroning facilities
  • Conference facilitiesConference facilities
  • Snacks/afternoon teaSnacks/afternoon tea
  • Private parkingPrivate parking
  • GardenGarden
  • Totally non-smokingTotally non-smoking
  • Dogs/pets NOT acceptedDogs/pets NOT accepted
  • Building of historical interestBuilding of historical interest
  • Disabled facilitiesDisabled facilities
  • Central heatingCentral heating
  • Laundry facilitiesLaundry facilities
  • Electric shaver pointsElectric shaver points
  • Television availableTelevision available
  • Restaurant open to non-residentsRestaurant open to non-residents
  • Visa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedVisa/Mastercard/Switch accepted
  • Vegetarian diet availableVegetarian diet available
  • Designated smoking areaDesignated smoking area
  • WiFi or internet accessWiFi or internet access
  • Single sex groups welcomedSingle sex groups welcomed
  • Evening mealsEvening meals
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • High chairs availableHigh chairs available
  • Real log/coal firesReal log/coal fires
  • Staff fluent in FrenchStaff fluent in French
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is
    • YesSolid ie tarmac / concrete etc
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to:
    • YesEntrance to reception
    • YesPublic toilet
    • YesOne or more bedrooms
    • YesLounge
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and wall


  • YesBedroom with non-allergenic bedding available
  • Bathrooms available with:
    • YesSeparate shower unit
    • YesBath
    • YesWet room
  • YesBath with support handrails available
  • YesWCs with handrails available
  • YesBedrooms available with emergency call systems such as vibrating pads (if fire alarm is activated)
  • YesBedrooms available with en suite bathrooms suitable for guests who use a wheelchair
  • YesBedrooms available with separate, private or shared bathrooms suitable for guests who use a wheelchair
  • YesBathrooms available that have been specially adapted for wheelchair users


  • YesEntrance well lit
  • YesBell at main entrance


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Meals for guests with special dietary requirements can be provided:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliac)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan


  • YesEmergency evacuation procedures for guests with disabilities