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Pepys Library Tours

Fri 19 November - Fri 10 December

Magdalene College Cambridge

Come and see the fascinating library of Samuel Pepys at Magdalene College Cambridge. The library is housed in their original bookcases, or ‘book presses’ as Pepys called them, and the collection includes his original diaries. The Pepys Library is a rare survival of a complete private library from the 17th century.

The tour will consist of accompanying guests through Magdalene College into the Pepys Library, where there will be a 45 minute talk about Samuel Pepys and his books, and a further 15 minutes for guests to look at the exhibits on display.

This tour is suitable for adults and children aged 12 and above. You are requested to wear a face covering unless medically exempt.

The library has a small entrance area and therefore we ask that guests arrive without a bag if at all possible. We will ask for any bags to be left in the entrance area prior to entering the library, to protect the historic furniture.

Please note that the Pepys Library is located on the first floor of an historic listed building and, most unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access. We are looking at plans to remedy this, as part of Magdalene College's 'Future Foundations' fundraising campaign.

If in the event of any change in the local or national picture regarding COVID-19, the Pepys Library may have to cancel tours at short notice.

Cost: 8.00

Enquiries and booking

Please note that booking is required for this event.

Bookings are taken via the 'Eventbrite' Website:




In person

All times

Fri 19 November 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 26 November 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 3 December 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 10 December 11:00AM - 12:00PM


Address: Magdalene College Cambridge
Pepys Library
Magdalene College