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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 #31 of 603 things to do 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 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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Dublin, Ireland
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179 reviews 179 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Another hidden treasure in Dublin. It never ceases to amaze me just how much incredible history this small city has to offer. I was honoured to be part of a group who had a private tour led by Jason. From the moment the doors to the main room are open, and you hear the tinkle of the bell above the... More 

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

If you're going to St Patrick's Cathedral, don't miss Marsh's Library next door (down the small road on the south side of the cathedral). There are three rooms filled with shelves of old books. It's wonderfully atmospheric. But, photographers, no photos allowed! The staff are really friendly. One asked me if I had any Irish heritage, which set us off... More 

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

Thanks so much for your review and our staff thank you kindly for your kind words! More 

Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

It's a wonderful library. I was completely awestruck by it. However, I strongly recommend that people should not visit in the winter. It was freezing in there. And I'm Canadian...so if I say it's cold, it's really cold. I actually put my hat and mitts on when I came in. The books are incredible. And in the back room, they... More 

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

Thanks for your lovely review of the library.... just try working here in the winter! As long as you have your hat, gloves and coat, you'll be grand! More 

nottingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Atmospheric original building. Would be very interesting for someone fascinated by old books. Guide was very knowledgable

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

Thank you, from a fellow Nottingham bod! More 

Aalborg, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

What a great experience to visit this place. The staff was very devoted and ready to answer any question you might want to ask. Come here to sense the athmosphere and enjoy the fantastic history in the first public library.

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

We thank you for your great review of Marsh's! Tak! More 

Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

You walk in and you instantly feel the history vibrating from the books and bookshelves lining the walls. You cannot help but be amazed at this little gem right next to the cathedral as you breathe in the smell of the books surrounding you. The exhibition was very interesting and the little cages at the end just left me baffled.... More 

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

Hallo Kristin! Thanks so much for your amazing review of our library, much appreciated and we totally agree with you! ;0) More 

Biel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I've always loved two things in life....walking in the steps of the people I admire and meeting people. The Library is beautiful...make sure you phone in advance for permission to photograph (that's always frustrating)....this is where Joyce would come and read.....The lady assistants were so erudite and friendly. I wish My local library was as steeped in history :)))))

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to write this lovely review of our library. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Amazing! Like stepping back in time. If you can avoid the school groups coming through continuously, this place is magical and fascinating.

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

We're glad you enjoyed your visit, thanks for taking the time to write a review...you must have come to us on a busy day, we don't get too many schools groups, honestly - we'd love to have more! More 

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

What a wonderful library, if our taxi driver hadn't mentioned it, we would have not found this place, but I'm so glad we did, I think I enjoyed this more than Trinity's College Library to be honest. It is small and pokey, but smells of the past and the staff have a love for the books, they are filled with... More 

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

...and we thank you for our wonderful review! More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Located beside St Patricks Cathedral in Dublin this library is a must and a visit can so easily be combined with a visit to the nearby cathedral. The library dates from the beginning of the 1700s and a visit there whisks one back in time over the centuries to the time of Jonathan Swift and the luminaries of the 18th... More 

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Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review of our library, much appreciated. More 

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