Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Northern Ireland Sights

Linen Hall Library

  • 17 Donegall Sq. N Map It
  • Central District
  • Library/Archive
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 04/29/2014

Fodor's Review

With its distinctive grayish-yellow brick, this library—the oldest subscription library in Ireland—is a comfortable place to escape the bustle of the city streets. The library has an unparalleled collection of 80,000 documents and books relating to the Troubles, regarded as the definitive archive and attracting scholars from all over the world. One early librarian, Thomas Russell, was hanged in 1803 for supporting an Irish uprising; another early user, Henry Joy McCracken,

a founding member of the United Irishmen, went to the scaffold owing the library £1.30 in subscriptions arrears, a debt that was eventually paid by a descendant in 2001. On the walls are paintings and prints depicting Belfast views and landmarks. Much of this artwork is for sale. Look out for the beautiful stained-glass windows on the first floor featuring portraits of men eminent in literature and science. It's an ideal hideaway for relaxing with a newspaper, enjoying the library's café, and falling into conversation.

Read More

Sight Information

Address:

17 Donegall Sq. N, Belfast, BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland

Map It

Phone:

028-9032–1707

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Weekdays 9:30–5:30, Sat. 9:30–4

Updated 04/29/2014

Advertisement

Map View

Map of



What's Nearby

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Sights

See all sights in Northern Ireland

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement