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 Gladstone's Library and Food for Thought close for Christmas at 5pm on Monday, 18th December. This is the final night guests can book to stay. The Library will be open for check-out only (by 10am) on Tuesday, 19th December and there will be no access to the Reading Rooms. The Library, Reading Rooms and Food for Thought open again at 12noon on Wednesday, 3rd January.

Sleeping with books

Food for Thought

Food for thought

Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarships & Bursaries