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You Can Spend The Night Surrounded By Books At This Library

If you’re the kind of person who needs to devour a chapter or two before dozing off at night, we’ve found the perfect stay for you. At the UK’s Gladstone’s Library, you can drift off to sleep surrounded by its 150,000 books.

Located in Flintshire, Wales, the library was founded by Former British Prime Minister William Gladstone in the 1800s. Today, the neo-Gothic building is open to curious, open-minded, scholarly and creative individuals and groups after a space to read, study, write, think, find inspiration and, now, sleep.

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Gladstone’s Library features 26 truly unique boutique bedrooms complete with book-themed wallpaper, free Wi-Fi, a radio, laundry facilities and complimentary breakfasts. There are no TVs, but with 150,000 books at your disposal, who needs one?

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The Victorian space has attracted famous researchers, historians, novelists, playwrights and poets over the years, and it’s not hard to see why. The library features original vaulted ceilings, arched windows and comfy armchairs – the ultimate place to curl up with a good book.

Not sure what to read first? Take your pick from literature, history and politics, or copies of works by Homer, Dante and Lord Tennyson. Then again, if the 19th century isn’t your jam, Gladstone’s Library offers contemporary classics as well.

Rates start at $120 (£66) per night. For more information or to book your stay, visit the website.

How To Get There

  • Fly into Manchester International Airport
  • Take the National Express 381 towards Chester to Chester
  • Walk 500m
  • From Hoole Way (Stop R) take the 4 towards Mold To Kersley Avenue
  • Walk 1.4km
  • Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire

 

(Lead image: Gladstone’s Library)