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Marsh's Library

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Address: St Patrick's Close, Dublin, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 1 454 3511
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One of Dublin's most beautiful tourist attractions. An unspoiled gem right...

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 'The Unicorn & the Fencing Mouse' showing doodles and marginalia added to the books by centuries of readers.

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Very cool library

As a librarian had to check this place out, especially after seeing Trinity a couple of times. This place was just neat and the staff so friendly! Definitely check out the cages!

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Caitlin K
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Lockport, New York

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Lockport, New York
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

As a librarian had to check this place out, especially after seeing Trinity a couple of times. This place was just neat and the staff so friendly! Definitely check out the cages!

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Thank Caitlin K
Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A little known gem. Not for everyone, Historians will like it though. Not a huge amount to see but masses of history to be embraced by if you allow yourself to become absorbed into the atmosphere. The smell of old wood and centuries old books is awesome. Well worth the small entrance fee.

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Thank Eamon871
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Second oldest public library in Europe. I stumbled upon this building as its hidden away side of st Patrick's Cathedral. You would have to see it to experience the serenity of the place. Have been here twice, I learned something new each time.👍

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Thank Gillian M
Brighton, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is well worth spending a half hour or so here - you won't find it busy - and it is a real glimpse of the past. Charming students give you a short history background, and explain the layout - and you wander at will. Not large, but absolutely lovely, including the cages in which readers of certain books had... More 

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Thank Sussextraveller040
dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small quirky very old library beside St Patricks check for opening times. Amazing ancient books, and has provenience and evidence of involvement in the Easter Rising of 1916.

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Thank mohDublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The library is beautiful and the guide was friendly and enthusiastic. There is an entry fee but it's small and definitely worth it for such a beautiful and significant building. The exhibition on when we visited was about annotations and marginalia - we were able to see notes from Swift, Donne, and John Dee which was really incredible. Would 100%... More 

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Thank Minty S
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Amazing Library! When you go inside you can even smell the old books! They even have some of the books on display so you can see them and actually read some of it!

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Thank Shadow77z
cardiff
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Although you dont need long to see everything in this library, it was a good stop off if you love books. Good information was given by the guide on the history of the place.

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Thank wiccarian
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

This is an exceptional place to visit. If you want to see a real old library that is still open to public with it complete library of old books, all rare and valuable, still on the shelves, then this is the place to visit. It has a huge history surrounding it and its a must see...

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Thornhill, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

This small, antiquated yet inspiring library sits close to St. Patrick's Cathedral and evokes a sense of nostalgia for Dublin's storied and oft-times violent history. A token 3 euros allows you a chance to view this incredible collection of 25,000+ centuries old rare books including Bram Stoker's manuscripts and James Joyce's works. There are many lexicons, religious and medical documents... More 

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