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National Library of Wales

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Address: Aberystwyth, Wales
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 18:00
Sat 09:30 - 17:00

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A high quality and thought-provoking Great War exhibition charting the lives and work of two poets - Edward Thomas and Hedd Wyn. Both were killed in the War itself, and both have... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chichester, United Kingdom
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A high quality and thought-provoking Great War exhibition charting the lives and work of two poets - Edward Thomas and Hedd Wyn. Both were killed in the War itself, and both have achieved posthumous acclaim for their writing. I was not previously aware of the work of Hedd Wyn so I thought the coupling was an imaginative one. This exhibition,... More 

Thank greg743
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Large, quiet reading-rooms in which to research books, maps and manuscripts concerning all aspects of Welsh history and heritage. Helpful and knowledgeable staff; and a good refectory with a wide choice of food and drink. Interesting exhibitions and a nice little shop full of Welsh goodies. Well worth a visit.

Thank greengilbo55
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121 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Standing proudly on a hill atop Aberystwyth this building is as magnificent inside as out. The exhibitions we visited are excellently displayed in sympathetic rooms. There is an excellent shop and cafe too. Thoroughly recommend a visit.

Thank JPCHickey
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having spent many years here studying when I was a research student at Aberystwyth University, I must say that the place still retains its air of calm and quiet, its whiff of polish and the constant surprise of its tardis-like dimensions. Plenty to see and do - and the staff at the caff are pretty good, too. Enjoy!

S of Wales
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43 reviews
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

This is a cultural highlight and should not be missed. I attended an excellent tour of the National Library which was fascinating. The guide was so well informed and engaging. On the tour we were shown areas of the library not normally seen by readers. We were shown the Nanteos Cup (the Welsh Holy Grail); Ancient Maps, Welsh original paintings... More 

Thank StellarSofWales
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

I am a volunteer with the National Library of Wales and I am currently working on the Cynefin project, which is inputting data onto their tithe maps on computer.

Thank keymissamanda
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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Visited on Saturday a bit of culture time. Carparking was free. Plenty of carparking space. The views from outside over Aberystwyth in the sunshine amazing. Inside lovely Welsh feeling. Free to look at Exhibitions. Aberfan was one of the themes in black and white pictures - very descriptive. Interesting item of the "Nanteous Cup". In the Gregynog Gallery. Exhibition on... More 

Thank Angela R
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

attended an excellent talk on the polish/ welsh artist Joseph herman. There was a great presentation ,well researched with one or two examples of his work from the library.Absolutely loved looking round the shop and looking at all the items for sale

Thank ivan c
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

If you want a good lunch for very little money you can't beat the National library of Wales. It obviously caters for the staff but anyone can go there. They serve tea coffee cakes as well

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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 December 2016

Wonderful library. Great food in canteen. Also great staff in all areas of the library. Very emotive exhibition, so well put together covering the Aberfan tragedy. Also an emotive one on Mametz Wood in the first world war. Well worth a visit. Beautiful view over Aberystwyth from the library steps.

Thank 813PatC

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