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Marsh's Library

St Patrick's Close, Dublin D08 FK79, Ireland
+353 1 454 3511
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A must for book-lovers

Though we'd read about it, we came upon the library on our first jet-lagged afternoon in Dublin... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Graces
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A REAL GEM!

If you are a library lover, you can't miss this little and unique one! It counts with ancient... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Monica C
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One of Dublin's most beautiful tourist attractions. An unspoiled gem right in the heart of the city. Established in 1707, Marsh's Library is a wonderfully preserved library of the early Enlightenment complete with its original oak bookcases. Visitors often comment on the wonderful smell of the old bookcases and books.The library contains over 25,000 rare and interesting books relating to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, covering medicine, law, science, travel, navigation, mathematics, music, and classical literature. There is also some material of a very scurrilous nature. Every year an exhibition of rare and curious items is presented from the holdings of the Library. The current exhibition is titled: 'Hunting Stolen Books', an exhibition of books that went missing from the collection but were luckily found, returned or replaced.
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St Patrick's Close, Dublin D08 FK79, Ireland
South City Centre
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Though we'd read about it, we came upon the library on our first jet-lagged afternoon in Dublin. The collection is from 1707 - the reading room hosted Bram Stoker and James Joyce when they were writing. The original bookshelves, the Georgian windows, the excellent commentary...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you are a library lover, you can't miss this little and unique one! It counts with ancient books, carefully preserved throughout centuries. Visitors are not allowed to touch books but it is worth a visit!

Thank Monica C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This has been on my list of things to do in my city..and finally got around to it on Saturday. Hidden down the lane from St Patricks Cathedral you enter into a space and corridors that Bram Stoker and Joyce have walked. Its small but...More

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Julie B, Education & Outreach Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks so much for your great review, much appreciated by us all.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating visit to a tiny library near St Patrick's Cathedral. Well worth a visit. No pictures allowed, but that lets you stay in the moment! Fascinating stories shared by members of staff.

Thank Smarty S
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Julie B, Education & Outreach Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

'Stay in the moment' is a great term and we concur! Thanks for taking the time to review us!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very, very interesting. Small entrance fee, with student and senior discounts. Only downside, no pictures are allowed. The Rare Book exhibition was amazing. Don’t miss.

Thank Kate G
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Julie B, Education & Outreach Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks so much!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While the Library at Trinity College gets all the attention, here's a lovely and cost-effective alternative that is equally impressive. The staff offered to explain the library to us - so nice! One really gets an appreciation for history and the significance of being able...More

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Julie B, Education & Outreach Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your kind review. Much appreciated!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited this place with my girlfriend while we were following the book "111 places in Dublin that you shouldn't miss". The place has one of the oldest and rarest books and it also keeps some signs of a violent history The personnel took so...More

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Julie B, Education & Outreach Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us, we are glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Marsh's Library with my wife and four children (Ages 11, 9, 6 and 3) - and we all loved it. The children took part in the library's Lego minifigure search - which they loved. While they were doing that, my wife and I were...More

Thank Tim C
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Julie B, Education & Outreach Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are delighted that you were free to explore the exhibition without any interruptions! Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to review us.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very impressive old books library. When we visited they had at least 40 single-copy (no other copy around the world) books opened on very interesting pages, many in French which I enjoyed and thankfully not only on Irish independence (after 4 days in Dublin...More

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Julie B, Education & Outreach Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Well, politics aside, we're glad you enjoyed our library and exhibition! ;0)

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It houses some very rare and old books of Ireland.Altho small its very interesting. The building is next door to St Patrick's cathedral

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Julie B, Education & Outreach Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you!

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