Location Map & Directions
Gladstone's Library is in the heart of Hawarden village. It is easily accessible by road, just 15 minutes' drive from the M56 and close to the A55, A548 and A494.
Satnavs should be set to travel to CH5 3DF.
Church Lane is easy to miss – it is a small turning opposite the Gallery cafe, directly after (or before, depending on direction of travel) the pelican crossing in the centre of the village.
If you find yourself going downhill, you’ve taken the wrong turning – take the first right, follow the road round, go right again and have another go!
We do have some car parking on site, but if full, there is a good (free) public car park on Tinkersdale (A550), five minutes’ walk away. Free parking is also available at the public library on Rectory Lane.
Travelling by train?
Unless it is more convenient to travel from or via Wrexham, we recommend that you come via Chester (only six miles from Hawarden) and travel onwards by bus or taxi. Chester is only two hours from London, with trains leaving from Euston. It is also 20 minutes' train ride from Crewe.
Hawarden Station can be reached from Wrexham or Liverpool. From Wrexham, take the service to Bidston. From Liverpool, take the Wirral line (green on the map) to Bidston, then change to the Arriva line service to Wrexham.
Do not disembark at Hawarden Bridge – it is an unstaffed station with almost no mobile phone signal.
When you disembark at Hawarden Station, walk out of the station, turn right, and follow the road until you see the Library (a few minutes' walk).
Travelling from Chester train station?
Buses to Hawarden are the 4 and the 44. They depart from the bus stop opposite Chester train station, to the side of the Town Crier pub. Before 7pm departures are roughly every 30 minutes, after 7pm there is roughly one an hour until 11pm.
Black cabs are available from outside the station. The fare is roughly £20 (less by pre-booked mini cab).
Travelling from Chester city centre?
The number 11 bus departs from the bus station every 30 minutes until 7.25pm.
The taxi firm KingKabs has an office in the city centre (on Bridge Street). The fare is approximately £12-15.
Travelling from Liverpool Airport?
You have three options:
Bus from airport to Liverpool South Parkway > Merseyrail to Lime Street Station > Mersey Rail to Chester > Bus or taxi to Hawarden
Bus from airport to Lime Street > Merseyrail to Chester > Bus to Hawarden
Bus from airport to Lime Street > Merseyrail to Bidston > Arriva Trains to Hawarden
Travelling from Manchester airport?
Trains depart regularly from Manchester Airport to Chester. Once there, follow the options given for Chester train station.
Travelling by private jet?
Keep your fingers crossed for the proposed private airfield at Hawarden!
Please visit Arriva Trains Wales for details of train services from Liverpool/Bidston and Wrexham calling at Hawarden.
Please visit National Rail Enquiries for details of all UK train services.