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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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So incredible to see The Book of Kells, then to be in The Long Room with over 200,000 old books. Such a great experience for my children.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

So incredible to see The Book of Kells, then to be in The Long Room with over 200,000 old books. Such a great experience for my children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Marshes library is genuinely important and massively so for the bibliophile. It is hard to find tucked away at the back of St Patricks Cathedral but inside its like a journey back in time. Well worth a long poke around

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

part of literary history stacks to do great venue part of the living history of dublin as a literary city religious books abound

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The three features of the library are authentic old environment maintained, clearly exceptional old book collection (contents only of interest to relevant scholars) and attentive and diligent guides. I read on Trip Adviser that it was a must see but it disappointed me as not exceptional and was just an authentic old library that did not surprise - on the... More 

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Ames, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

If you love books you need to stop here. Amazing old books, great stories about the library. It was cozy & intimate and made me feel like I stepped into another time.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review our library, much appreciated. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Even the entryway, through a brick gate and little secret garden, will enchant you as you visit this library. In our world of e-books and glowing screens, this beautiful library is a sign that always, always, the tangible nature of a book will appeal to our senses and preserve our knowledge and our human stories. This library is not as... More 

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

Thank you and thank you again for your very kind words. Much appreciated and you will be welcome to visit us at anytime! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Without doubt this a a gem of a library with an amazing collection of books. It shows how books were stored hundreds of years ago and how education and learning was actually confined to a small percentage of the population unless you were granted access to somebodies library. Books were expensive and precious and it is quite an experience to... More 

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

Well, thank you so much for your review, we are delighted that you had a successful visit with us...of course you are welcome back at anytime! More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Its a gem. You walk through the gate and you leave the world behind. In the summer banksia roses and rosemary flower and you feel as if you are in a private garden. Up a short flight of steps to the front door and then you climb the stairs to the first floor. There is a minimal entrance charge. Many... More 

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

Thanks for your very descriptive review of our library...you are our favourite person! ;0) More 

Heidelberg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I happened upon this little library by accident walking away from Dublin Castle and was delighted to find a library. Though there was a fee to get in and we weren't allowed to take pictures, there were old books to look at (which I love) as well as some information about James Joyce and his connection to the library. You... More 

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

Thank you, Josie! More 

Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Marsh's breathes authenticity, and you can visualize Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, or Dean Swift, stopping in. While it is a serious resource, the staff make visitors very welcome - with special attention for children (it is not really for the very small, however), and entry fees are 2-3 euro (with concessions free). It closes, as I recall, Tuesdays and Sundays, and... More 

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

Thanks for the great review....but with the numerous exhibitions now put on display throughout the year, every Dubliner should be here at least three times per annum!! ;0) More 

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Address: St Patrick's Close, Dublin, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 1 454 3511
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin>  > South City Centre

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