"Sir Christopher Wren?s Library at Trinity College" Trinity College Tip by vichatherly

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  Sir Christopher Wren Library
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  • Sir Christopher Wren Library - Cambridge
      Sir Christopher Wren Library
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  • Sir Christopher Wren Library - Cambridge
      Sir Christopher Wren Library
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  • Newton's own copy of the first edition of Principi - Cambridge
      Newton's own copy of the first edition of Principi
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This is a fascinating place to visit if you?re into any sort of scientific history. My girlfriend wanted to see this place as it houses some very important artefacts relating to Sir Isaac Newton.

The library was built specifically on the first floor to save it from any possible flooding damage from the nearby river Cam. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in in1676 and completed in 1695. It is credited as being one of the first libraries to be built with large windows to give comfortable light levels to aid readers

There are six exhibition cases in the Wren with a selection from the Library's collections on display. Almost always on view are the oldest book in the Library (the Epistles of St Paul, produced in the 8th century, Trinity MS B.10.5), Newton's own copy of the first edition of Principia containing his annotations for the second edition (NQ.16.200) and A.A. Milne's manuscript of Winnie-the-Pooh (Trinity Add.MS.c.200).

The Wren Library is open to the general public between 12 noon and 2.00pm Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings in Full Term, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. Numbers are restricted to 15 at a time. Photography without the use of a flash is permitted.
We went in November and so there wasn?t any sort of a queue to get in. I?m not so sure that we?d have been so lucky at the height of the summer season.

There is no admission charge for the Wren Library, though there is a charge for entry to the rest of the college.

Address: Trinity Street
Directions: If you wish to visit only the library, you should enter the college from Queens' Road or Garret Hostel Lane. We went in through the Great Gate and asked at the porter's office for directions.
Phone: +44 1223 338400
Website: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 15, 2005
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