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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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Very interesting, beautiful and unexpected. I bumped into it by chance when I took a friend to St. Patrick's Church and found it amazing. The explanations are funny and packing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Very interesting, beautiful and unexpected. I bumped into it by chance when I took a friend to St. Patrick's Church and found it amazing. The explanations are funny and packing and the exhibition about the books connected to Joyce's works was very interesting. The only downside was that people were talking a bit too loud for a library, but all... More 

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MarshsLib, Public Relations Manager at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

We always love it when people find us by chance – it's a lovely surprise for us, too! We're especially glad that you enjoyed our exhibitions, and the Joyce displays in particular. Thanks for dropping by! More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Brilliant library, over 300 years old, and still functioning as a public library. Tour guides very knowledgeable and friendly and very inexpensive to visit.

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MarshsLib, Public Relations Manager at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Marsh's! We'll pass on your lovely comments to our tour guides, who will be delighted. Thank you! More 

Lowell, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Really cool history and beautiful library! Would love to have a chance to read some of the books, but it was a very cool experience to visit such an important place in Irish literary history.

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MarshsLib, Public Relations Manager at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

We were delighted to have you visit, Ashley. Thanks for your kind words! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

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

We suspect you may have confused us with the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin, but we'll certainly pass on your compliments when next we see them. If you're ever in Dublin again, do drop by – we'd be delighted to see you! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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MarshsLib, Public Relations Manager at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

We're always delighted to meet a fellow bibliophile! Thanks for your lovely review. Do come again soon! More 

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

We're very pleased that you found stacks to do among our stacks of books! Thanks for visiting, Gavin, and we hope to see you again soon. More 

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

Thanks for your kind words about our book collection and guides. We're sorry the Library didn't 'do it for you', but we find that the vast majority of people who come are amazed by the survival of the building entirely intact from the time of Jonathan Swift. Visitors currently seem very excited by the exhibition of books James Joyce read... More 

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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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 

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