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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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Description: 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 'James Joyce: Apocalypse & Exile' which examines what Joyce read here, shedding new and intriguing light on Joyce's attitudes to Irishness, exile and Catholicism.
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Almost no visitors, hidden behind St Patricks Cathedral, is a small relic for those who love books and its history.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Almost no visitors, hidden behind St Patricks Cathedral, is a small relic for those who love books and its history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

In addition to the excellent book collection, there are also traces of the Easter Uprising in the form of several bullet-damaged books.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We found Marsh's Library because it was part of a St. Patrick's Festival treasure hunt that was being put on by the city. We were surprised at the neatness of it all. The old building tucked away, the stacks of huge leather books, and the creaking of the floorboards beneath us. We were only there for 15 minutes, but it... More 

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MarshsLib, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

15 minutes was just not enough time! Come again for a tour and we hope you give us that 5th star!! ;0) Thanks for your review, much appreciated. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

this library is small but extremely stunning. Rows of old oakwood store the biggest and most beautiful books i've ever seen. and the smell of them is amazing aswell. it feels like a trip in the past. i was really excited when one of the voluntary workers told us stories and anecdotes about writers and the library itself. you could... More 

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MarshsLib, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely review of the Library...you can come again! More 

Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

A hidden gem near St. Patrick's cathedral. Several cases of special exhibits highlighting especially fascinating items from the collection. A must-see for bibliophiles and literary types ;-)

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MarshsLib, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review for us...much appreciated. More 

Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Really interesting tour of one of the oldest libraries in Ireland. The guide was excellent, although I did sympathise with the staff, as it is so cold in the building. It is a challenging place to visit for anyone with mobility issues. Lots of steps and stairs. But definitely worth a visit.

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MarshsLib, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! Yes, sorry for those steps...but its well worth it once you get to the top! Consider it a work out! And with this lovely spring weather at the mo, we are throwing out our fleeces...we look so much more welcoming! (I will have jinxed the weather now!) More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is one of Dublin's hidden gems. Now this title is bandied about quite a bit, but it really is the truth. Very few Dubliners even know of this place, in fact it's mostly foreign visitors who knock on their doors, but it's somewhere that should be on everyone's list when they visit Dublin. The galleries of books are beautiful,... More 

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MarshsLib, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your amazing review of Marsh's, much appreciated...but Leo Burdock Fish & Chips might be upset with the being called Beschoffs! (They are found on the other 'side'!). We would like to say that we are totally impartial however, and love chips from both establishments! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We only ended up visiting as we got some free tickets to a talk here but we were very happy to find ourselves there. It's a beautiful collection and one of the overlooked attractions in Dublin. A must-do for any lovers of books.

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MarshsLib, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

Many thanks, Alicia! More 

Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I wasn't expected something like this. Books that are jewels. An ancient place full of wisdom and history. No pictures allowed but you can step the place where James Joyce loved reading...

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MarshsLib, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our Library, glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is well worth a visit. A hidden treasure. We had the library to ourselves other than 3 workers. They were so friendly and welcoming with plenty of knowledge. If you go to Trinity College Library you should certainly visit here as a comparison. A much smaller library but one were you can get much closer to the books and... More 

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Glad you enjoyed your visit with us and thanks for your nice review! More 

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