Read, write, relax and become inspired

Gladstone's Library is unique.

It is a residential library and meeting place which is 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 courses and events that keep us connected with a wide range of writers and thinkers - see our Events & Courses page for further information. 

You can find out more about our collections here or read more About Us

Visiting the Library.

Gladstone's Library is open on Bank Holidays!

Please note that due to tree felling this summer we are unable to issue permits for guests to walk the Hawarden Estate. The Estate is still open until the permit point. Alternative walking routes are available from Reception. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Gladstone's Library closes for Christmas on Thursday, 20th December and will be open for check out only on the morning of Friday, 21st December. We re-open at 2pm on Friday, 4th January.

Sleeping with books

Food for Thought

Food for thought

Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarships & Bursaries