Gladstone's Library

Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF

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The stunning interior of the library at Gladstone's Library
  • The stunning interior of the library at Gladstone's Library
  • Gladstone's Library a must visit for literature buffs
  • Relax and unwind at Food for Thought at Gladstone's Library
  • Gladstone's Library - exterior

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Gladstone's Library is unique. It is a residential library and meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals and groups who are looking to explore pressing questions and to pursue study and research in an age of distraction and easy solutions.

This institution pays tribute to William Gladstone. It is Britain's finest residential library, and its only Prime Ministerial library. It was founded by the great Victorian statesman himself and, following his death in 1898, became the national memorial to his life and work as well as one of the few Grade I-listed buildings in North Wales.

At Gladstone's Library, we have an evolving programme of events and festivals that keep us connected with a wide range of writers and thinkers. You can visit us on a free Glimpse of the Reading Rooms at 12pm, 2pm or 4pm any day of the week, pop in for a coffee, Sunday Lunch or Afternoon Tea, or you can book to stay with us in one of our 26 comfortable, boutique bedrooms.

Winners of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2013 – present

Named as one of the UK’s top 10 coolest B&Bs by The Telegraph

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Opening Times

2023 (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
Monday - Sunday08:45 - 21:00*

* Food for Thought is open 10am – 5pm daily
The Library building is open 9am – 5pm daily
Access to the Reading Rooms to the public is on a Glimpse only. Reading Rooms are open to Readers 9am – 5pm Monday – Saturday, and to Friends and Residents 9am – 10pm daily.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change



Contact Us

Tel: 01244 532350

Tel: 01244 532350

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