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

At Gladstone’s Library, the fires are lit, the veggies are roasting and it’s all very cosy inside.

Our Food for Thought staff are prepared to serve up a festive feast, and our rooms are ready for guests looking for a seasonal break.

We will deliver a warm winter welcome to both residents and day guests looking to dine with us.


Please click here to find out more about our winter weekend accommodation packages, which include a Festive dinner on the Friday night.


If you just want to drop in for a winter warmer, our Christmas Dining menu should suit, with options including lightly spiced soup, nutmeg mash, traditional roasts and delicious desserts (including, of course, a hearty Christmas pudding).


Christmas lunches are served from Wednesday to Sunday from December 1st. You can also join us for an evening Christmas dinner on select dates. More information on that here. Booking is essential, so just give us a call on 01244 532 350!


If you are looking for literature and learning, we have several winter events in the Gladstone’s Library calendar.

The last event of the year is Sad Little Men, a discussion between acclaimed author Richard Beard and Peter Francis, director of Gladstone’s Library, which looks back at how the private schooling system has shaped the leaders of today – and not always for the better.

This revealing in-person talk takes place on Friday December 10th at 7pm. You can book tickets by clicking here.


Finally, do remember that the Library shuts down for a short period over Christmas. Last check-outs are on Monday December 20th, and we reopen at 2pm on Monday January 3rd.


We look forward to greeting new and returning Readers and guests in the New Year.

Sleeping with books

Sleeping with books

Food for Thought

Food for thought