Project Description

Nestled in a small village in the North Wales countryside is Britain’s finest residential library, its only Prime Ministerial library, and the national memorial to the great Victorian statesman and four times Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone.

Gladstone’s Library is home to a unique collection of more than 250,000 books and printed items and offers a comfortable, sociable and stimulating environment together with resources for creative study including renowned collections of theological, historical, cultural and political materials.

Open for 50 weeks of the year, it has 26 boutique-style bedrooms, its own café serving delicious homecooked food and drinks, and is home to a variety of events and festivals from weekly language courses to literary extravaganzas to evening literary events. Public access to the historic Reading Rooms is as part of a ‘Glimpse’ only, and these take place seven days a week at 12noon, 2pm and 4pm. A Glimpse offers a potted history of the Library and its founder, as well as a peek inside the beautiful library itself, still a silent working environment.

Located in the chocolate box village of Hawarden, Gladstone’s Library is used by many as a retreat away from daily routine. However with the historic market town of Mold, St Winefride’s Well in Holywell and the coastal towns of Llandudno and Snowdonia all within driving distance, and with good transport links to Chester, Wrexham and Liverpool, your time at Gladstone’s Library is whatever you choose to make it.

To find out more about Gladstone’s Library including accommodation, events and conference facilities, please visit

Telephone: 01244 532350




‘Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness.’ – William Ewart Gladstone.