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11 December 2012

Rather Welsh - Stay at Gladstone's Library

Your author has left England to travel three miles into the Welsh county of Flintshire for a stay at Gladstone's Library, Britain's only residential library, and also our only Prime Ministerial Library, established in the 19th-century in the village of Hawarden by William Ewart Gladstone, who is said to have transferred some 32,000 books half a mile down the road from his home at Hawarden Castle by wheelbarrow when already in his 80s.

As well as a fine collection of 250,000 books, journals and pamphlets on history, theology and a wide range of other subjects, the Library also has twenty-six well-furnished study bedrooms where visitors can stay for a period of time to study, think or rest, a relaxing lounge providing for enlightening conversation by a roaring fire and a fine restaurant providing decent meals daily.

For more, see http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/

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  1. This is an interesting concept. Is it expensive? Are you going by yourself - I took a look at the website and it caters for groups big and small as well as individuals. Seems like a sociable thing or a retreat style venue. It's very intriguing, do let us know how your experience is! Have a good relaxing time :)

  2. Hiya, it's about the price of a cheap B&B but you do get dinner and use of the library. Prices are here: http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/accommodation/