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“quiet piece of Dublin”
Review of Marsh's Library

Marsh's Library
Ranked #36 of 546 things to do in Dublin
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 27 September 2013

Great for a quiet hour in the city. Cheap entry and nice to look around, as well as that the guides were most kindly.

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Reviewed 13 September 2013

If you love books, you will love this little library. You get the feeling that this place hasn't changed in 100 years, but that's part of its charm. I really loved the exhibition that was on display: it featured pages from science books in their collection and they were fascinating.

Thank Rachel S
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

Marsh's Library is often over-looked but it really shouldn't be. It's an absolute treasure, and a must-see for any book lovers. Everything about it is charming, the furnishings, the books, even the smells. It's like taking a step back in time; a real historical gem.

Thank BostonCollegeIreland
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

I just cant believe they call this an attraction i mean seriously. WOW come see our library. i could just walk down the street and visit the library. Two words to describe this place. A Joke. Tata for now. V

3  Thank Veronica m
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Jason_McE_Keeper, Manager at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2013

We are sorry that you didn't enjoy our unique Grade 1 listed building, or marvel at the 30,000 books from the beginning of the invention of print. You are perhaps the only one of our visitors not to have been impressed with our current exhibition of gold-decorated books from the 18th century, or to have been intrigued by the cages into which readers were locked in the olden days.

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Reviewed 5 September 2013

The library was recommended to us by our drive from Paddy Wagon Tours. It was a great place to visit if you love books-only a few steps down from St. Patrick's. The only downside is that you had to climb two sets of stairs. (My elderly mother couldn't do it.)

Thank CathCaseZ
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