Glimpses & Tours

A short 'Glimpse' of Gladstone's Library is available at 12noon, 2pm and 4pm seven days a week and lasts around 15 minutes. Although Glimpses are free, we suggest a donation of £1. Simply join us at the doors of the Reading Rooms to take part.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate groups of more than 15 people on a Glimpse. If your group is larger than 15, this must be agreed in advance by the Warden of Gladstone's Library. Please contact Peter Francis in advance by emailing

Please note there is no entry to the Reading Rooms for the visiting general public at any other time.

As the library itself is a silent study space, Glimpses begin outside the Library doors. A member of the Library team will give you an insight into William Gladstone, his time in Hawarden and the history of the Library itself. This will last approximately five to ten minutes. You will then be escorted through the Reading Rooms where you will have a chance to view our impressive collection. Due to the health and safety of our visitors and our precious volumes, we regret that you will not be permitted to go upstairs or use the collection on the Glimpses. 

Why not make a day of it? Book lunch or Afternoon Tea at our bistro, Food for Thought.

If you would like to book a tour of St Deiniol's Church, please contact the Parish Office (01244 534912).


Food for Thought

Food for thought

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