Event Information:

  • Sat

    Open Doors - Gladstone Library

    12pm, 2pm, & 4pm.Gladstone Library, Hawarden

    Visit us on Saturday, 16th September as we open the doors of the library to everyone as part of Open Doors 2017. Join one of three FREE hour-long, curator-led tours where you’ll learn about our unique and distinctive collections and the man who founded them, W.E. Gladstone.
    You will also go behind the scenes into Closed Access, our secure store - get up close with almost 6,000 items printed before 1800, some dating from the early 16th Century. There will also be a display of beautiful and fascinating items from our diverse collection. 60-minute Curator-led tours of the Library take place at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.
    After your visit, why not stay for tea, coffee and cake in our bistro, Food for Thought (open 10am - 5pm). We serve a full lunch menu between 12pm and 2pm, and light bites between 2pm and 5pm.
    Come along and see the library and its collections as they are rarely seen by the public. We hope to see you there!
    About Open Doors - Cadw’s Open Doors is an annual celebration of the architecture and heritage of Wales. It provides an opportunity for the public to visit places not normally open or to visit for free sites that usually charge. Sites that are normally open and free of charge offer something additional for their visitors. To find out more about Open Doors, visit Visitors are welcome to turn up on the day, but please note that tour groups will be limited to 35. We do advise booking both tour and lunch reservations in advance. To book your tour or make a lunch reservation, please call 01244 532350 or email