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Marsh's Library

Address: St Patrick's Close, Dublin, Ireland (South City Centre)
Phone Number: +353 1 454 3511
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Ranked #18 of 253 Attractions in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Owner description: One of Dublin's most beautiful tourist attractions. An unspoiled gem right in the heart of the...
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Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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 'Imagining Japan' shows some of the books which may have inspired Jonathan Swift's famous 'Gulliver's Travels'.

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Marsh's Library is like stepping back in time. It is a small library with ladders going up to the higher shelves and books dating back hundreds of years. The staff were fantastic and very friendly, and we liked signing the guestbook with the feather pen - it was harder than it looked!

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Our guide suggested this library. It's not very famous but I'm so happy I went there. You can see very old books of all kinds, You have the impression of being in a movie. And you can write down your name with a feather pen on the guestbook!

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Rosenheim, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The Marsh's Library smells old and you feel like been traveled back in time. For book-lovers and historical interested citywalkers a must see !!

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Jason_McE_Keeper, Educ. Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I visited with a friend while on a weekend in Dublin and upon recommandation of a colleague living in Dublin. It was a very interesting place and the staff was extremely nice and happy to answer our questions! We didn't meet the ghost of the third room unfortunately but we did manage to write a few words on the book... More 

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Jason_McE_Keeper, Manager at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Ok so i went there because i kinda got lost walking around and i think this place doesn't get the publicity it deserves. The staff is really cool and helpful and they love the place. Marsh's library is one of my favorites places in Dublin now, the view and the atmosphere is lovely and at the end of it theres... More 

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

Thanks very much for your kind words, much appreciated! More 

Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

A true hidden gem of Dublin! The staff were incredible polite and chatty, they seemed genuinely interested in the collection and had impressive knowledge to share. The collection is very impressive and you certainly gain a unique feel of a traditional library.

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

Thanks so much for your lovely review of our library, much appreciated! :0) More 

Howey in the Hills, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The staff were very nice and incredibly knowledgable. The library, while small, is architecturally beautiful, and the old books add such a wonderful charm. Respectfully lean in and take time to read a few titles as you walk down the central aisle. Exhibition cases are sprinkled throughout library. In the last section of the library, where the lovely rare book... More 

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

Thanks so much for your lovely review of our library, much appreciated! :0) More 

Breda, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Not knowing it was there, during a trip to Dublin we stumbled upon the library. What we found exceeded the expectations we had when we walked up the stairs. The library is beautiful, the staff is very friendly and all in all it is more than worth the (very small) entrance fee!

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Jason_McE_Keeper, Ed Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

Many thanks for spreading the word Martine! You can come again! ;0) More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here. The old building itself is beautiful and that's before you even see the library. There is a lovely stairs up to the main entrance. The library itself is very impressive and the tour guide really knows their stuff. The whole library is really well preserved. The price is very reasonable and it includes the... More 

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Jason_McE_Keeper, Ed Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit Keenan, your review is much appreciated! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Finally visited Marsh's library the best kept secret in Dublin. Friendly and knowledgable staff with an incredible book collection makes this a must visit. I viewed a book in an exhibit case that Jonathon Swit used as a refernence to write Gullivers Travels, Brams Stoker researched and wrote Dracula here. I sat at the same table that James Joyce sat... More 

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Jason_McE_Keeper, Ed Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

Why thank you, 'Skibb1'. Your comments are very much appreciated and we wholeheartedly agree with you!! ;0) More 

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