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Pepys Library Tours

Fri 17 May - Fri 23 August

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.

For a more informal look at the Pepys Library without a tour, please consult the college website to check the schedule of 'drop in' visits offered.

Cost: 8.50

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 on Friday 17 May

11:00am-12:00pm on Friday 24 May

11:00am-12:00pm on Friday 31 May

11:00am-12:00pm Friday every week , for 3 sessions starting Friday 12 July

11:00am-12:00pm Friday every week , for 3 sessions starting Friday 9 August

All times

Fri 17 May 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 24 May 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 31 May 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 12 July 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 19 July 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 26 July 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 9 August 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 16 August 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 23 August 11:00AM - 12:00PM


Address: Magdalene College Cambridge
Pepys Library
Magdalene College