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Pepys Library Tours

Fri 8 July - Fri 2 September

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. The wearing of face coverings is no longer mandatory but is still recommended within the library as a precaution.

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

11:00am-12:00pm Friday every week from Friday 8 July until Friday 2 September

All times

Fri 8 July 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 15 July 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 22 July 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 29 July 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 5 August 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 12 August 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 19 August 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 26 August 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 2 September 11:00AM - 12:00PM


Address: Magdalene College Cambridge
Pepys Library
Magdalene College