Gladstone's Library

Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF, Wales

Welsh Tourist Board

Situated in the friendly and historic village of Hawarden, Gladstone's Library offers good food and comfortable accommodation at very reasonable prices.

Bedrooms have recently been refurbished to a high standard. Most rooms have en-suite facilities.

Hawarden is easily accessible from the rail and motorway networks and provides an excellent base for exploring Chester and North Wales.

Founded in 1889 by former Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone, Gladstone's Library is a Grade I listed building and Britain's only residential library - we offer bed, board and books.

The 30,000 books with which Gladstone started the Library have now grown into a unique collection of more than 250,000 books, pamphlets and journals covering a wide range of subjects including art, theology, literature and history.

There is no charge for non-residents to study
in the Library although there is an option to become a Friend of the Library.

The Library's Coffee Shop 'Food for Thought' is open from 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 2pm Saturday and Sunday offering a tempting selection of lunches, homemade cakes and Fairtrade tea and coffee. Sunday Lunch is served from 12-2pm.

Gladstone's Library is a three-star conference venue with facilities which are ideally suited to groups up to thirty six. We have four meeting rooms which can be set up to meet your individual requirements. We offer highly competitive rates . Free wi-fi is available throughout the building.

Whether you come to stay or just pop in for a cup of coffee, you will find a warm welcome at Gladstone's Library.


Please confirm your exact requirements prior to booking

  • Business facilities
  • Special provision for disabled visitors


Please contact the owner/operator for up to date availability.