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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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amazing library

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

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

Thank you so much for your brilliant review. Much appreciated! Our Keeper, Jason, certainly does provide an unbeatable tour, full of interesting facts and stories! More 

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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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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 

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