Retreat and enjoy

Quiet spaces, warm welcome

Gladstone's Library is the UK's only residential library with a collection of over 150,000 items to explore. A place for serious study or a relaxing retreat for booklovers, the longer you stay, the more you will enjoy Gladstone’s Library. 

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We are extremely proud to have won TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row (2013 - 2019).

The achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on the world's largest travel site - TripAdvisor.

We are among an elite group of winners including accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity of recent reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period.

To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

"This is the fourth year in a row we have won this award," said Peter Francis, Warden at Gladstone's Library.

"I am very proud of all the staff and would like to thank all those visitors who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor."

Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at TripAdvisor added: "With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers.

"Recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service."

But, don’t take our word for it...

"Its books and sense of history were a blissful, secular balm...this place is truly special."


"An exceptional institution where seriousness and laughter, and camaraderie and solitude, have a vital place"

Times Higher Education

"It's not just a B&B, it’s a peaceful, restorative retreat...It will feel like a privilege."

The Telegraph

"As a working writer, I’ve gone to many places to work…but I have never found anything as appealing as this strange and beautiful institution in Wales"

Huffington Post

"Great Place to read, write and relax.

An absolutely perfect place for my needs, great library and facilities, comfy bed and room, great food and good conversations with other guests."


"Gladstone’s library is a remarkable place. A haven for reflection, study and quiet..."

Wales Arts Review

"I have visited the Library on several occasions but this last visit has been beyond what I expected. Without exception every member of staff is excellent and this really adds to the feel of the place. "

Ann Niven

"Victorian gem.

I stayed five nights last week with a friend and we were both charmed by it. As a keen Victorian, I was delighted to stay in a John Douglas building brought up to modern standards."

Jane W

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