Gladstone's Library

The Perfect Bookish Holiday

If you’re into books, Gladstone’s library could be a dream come true. It’s a residential library founded by former Prime Minister William Gladstone that hosts visitors and students in affordable bed and breakfast accommodation. They strive to keep prices low in order to stick to Gladstone’s desire to make the library accessible to everyone, especially students. The library’s base is Gladstone’s own 32,000 book collection which has grown to more than 250,000 since the library’s founding in the early 20th century. The library’s main focus is Divinity Studies, but it also boasts a number of unique collections including “History of Technology”, “Redefining Liberalism”, and “Contemporary Fiction”.

The Stats

  • Single Standard: £60.00 (dinner, bed, breakfast)
  • Single en-suite: £74.00 (dinner, bed, breakfast)
  • Double/Twin Standard: £89.00 (dinner, bed, breakfast)
  • Double/Twin en-suite: £99.00 (dinner, bed, breakfast)
  • 20% discount for students, clergy, or society of authors
  • Scholarships and bursaries available
  • Cafe: Food for Thought, open daily 10am-4pm
  • 250,000+ books, journals, pamphlets
  • Library hours for residents: 9am-10pm Daily
  • Library hours for non-residents: 9am-5pm Mon-Sat
  • Reading Rooms

Book a retreat at Gladstone’s Library.