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Library:Gladstone's Library

Library, free entry

Church Lane,
Hawarden,
DEESIDE,
Flintshire,
CH5 3DF

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Gladstone's Library is one of a kind - Britain's finest residential library, and its only Prime Ministerial library. Established as a national memorial to the life and work of the great Victorian statesman, William Ewart Gladstone, the Library is a meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning.

Gladstone's Library has been recognised as the most important research library and collection in Wales after the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. It boasts an outstanding and varied collection of more than 250,000 books, journals and pamphlets, with a special focus on the core subject areas of Theology and Victorian Studies. This unique collection is kept up-to-date with the latest publications, which readers can browse on the open shelves.

The heart of the Library is Gladstone's own collection of over 32,000 items. Many of his books contain his annotations, some of which are extremely detailed. In addition to his books, the Library houses most of Gladstone's non-political correspondence, speeches and papers, which are administered by the Flintshire Record Office, and a number of special collections including the Bishop Moorman Franciscan Library and the Glynne-Gladstone Manuscripts.

The Library's Bistro, 'Food for Thought', is open from 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday (offering Afternoon Tea between 3pm and 4pm) and 10am - 2pm Saturday and Sunday offering a tempting selection of lunches, homemade cakes and Fairtrade tea and coffee. Sunday Lunch is served from 12-2pm (booking advisable).

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

Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

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The Library's Bistro, 'Food for Thought', is open from 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday (offering Afternoon Tea between 3pm and 4pm) and 10am - 2pm Saturday and Sunday offering a tempting selection of lunches, homemade cakes and Fairtrade tea and coffee. Sunday Lunch is served from 12-2pm (booking is advisable).

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Free entry

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Church Lane,
Hawarden,
DEESIDE,
Flintshire,
CH5 3DF

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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

Facilities

  • 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
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed