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Central Library

Door open days


Central Library is a beautiful Victorian building, designed by the 19th century Scottish architect, George Washington Browne, in French Renaissance style. Funded by Andrew Carnegie and opened in 1890 it was built on the site of the mansion of Sir Thomas Hope, King’s Advocate to Charles I, and incorporates features from the 17th century building.There will be guided tours every 30mins lasting 1hour from 10am, last one 3.30pm.


Key Information

Architect: George Washington Brown

Building Date: 1890

Guided tours, information leaflets/notes, behind the scenes access, childrens’ activities, visual displays, video/ audio presentations, musical recitals.

Where to find us

  • 7-9 George IV Bridge
  • EH1 1EG