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Marsh's Library

St Patrick's Close, Dublin, Ireland (South City Centre)
+353 1 454 3511
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Ranked #25 of 218 Attractions in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Cultural
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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

Udine, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We made a short but very charming tour inside this library. The librarian told us the story of the place and gave us many interesting details. Unfortunately there isnt much to read or to learn inside this place, you will see ancient books lined up in their shelves but not accessible or readable. For those of you who would like... More

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

We're glad that you enjoyed our very friendly staff, sorry you thought €3 (and €2 for concessions with kids free) is too expensive. When you visited we were showing an exhibition of books and very rare maps about Japan that were available to Jonathan Swift as background reading when he was writing his famous novel Gulliver's Travels. We also had... More

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is a magnificently preserved old library, where you are greeted by the smell of antiquity. It is a priceless collection in its original bookcases. The staff are most enthusiastic and obviously enjoy their involvement with the building and its collection. You don't need a lot of time but it's worth a visit.

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

On behalf of the library staff especially, thanks for your lovely review! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Really enjoyed the visit to the library today. Staff were very helpful and took time to explain things. Really awesome being amongst all the old books and also to be where so many famous people visited. Will never forget the experience and would recommend it to anyone. Will be back again telly amazing place.

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

Thanks for your lovely review of our Library, Barry, much appreciated and we would like to thank you for being so inquisitive! When visitors are interested and ask questions, it makes the day so much more satisfying for our staff and volunteers! Do keep posted on up and coming exhibitions and you are welcome to come anytime! More

Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Nothing much to see really, but it is cheap and interesting experience of visiting such an old library. Staff is also very kind.

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

Dear Lacerda8000, We're glad you enjoyed the visit to this inique architectural survival from the early eighteenth century, which has sometimes been compared to an Oxford or Cambridge college library right in the heart of working-class, inner-city Dublin. At the time you visited we had a display of books and maps that were available to Jonathan Swift in writing Gulliver's... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

I wanted to visit this libary due to the amazing reviews and the opportunity to take some amazing photographs. Sadly you are not allowed to take pictures in the library due to security reasons. The libary overall was very pretty and the staff was very helpful and friendly. However comming there to take pictures i must say the experience is... More

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Dear Pierre, We're sorry that the inability to take photographs impacted upon your enjoyment of our Library. For security reasons, we don't allow photography - and we don't know of a similar rare books library anywhere in the world which allows interior photography - but we do try to make this fact clear on all guide books and also on... More

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This library is located beside St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin and I often think that many tourists pass it by without realizing what a gem they are missing. It is a beautiful old building that houses an amazing library that was once frequented by some of Ireland's great writers. If you are visiting Dublin and are looking for something different... More

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

Thanks very much for your kind review. We're glad that you enjoyed this little gem in the heart of inner-city Dublin. More

Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

The library is a little gem especially for book lovers or for those interested in history. With a number of prize books, the library tour starts with a short intro. You are free to browse the library at your own pace after. If you want to spend sn hour in tranquil surroundings, this is definitely worth a visit. Dont touch... More

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