Gladstone's Library | the UK's finest residential library

Read, write, relax and become inspired

Gladstone's Library is unique.

Gladstone's Library is temporarily closed due to the situation with COVID-19. Our aim is to re-open in Spring 2021. We look forward to welcoming all our readers and other visitors back next year.  

If you do have already have booking with us we will be in touch in the near future to discuss your options so please do bear with us.   

Gladstone's Library 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.

As a completely independent institution and a registered charity, we receive no external funding. Our regular income is derived entirely from those who use our facilities, so whether staying overnight, enjoying a delicious lunch or attending an event or course, it all helps to pay our ever-increasing bills!

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 offer 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. Our events programme has been put on hold until March 2021 but we are working hard to rearrange event dates where possible. We will be in touch if you have tickets booked for any of our 2020 events. 

If you have any questions about the Library during this period of closure please contact   

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Food for Thought

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