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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 #30 of 281 attractions in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries
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... more » 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'. « less
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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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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is a brilliant little devotional away from the busy to Racine in Dublin and it's hidden away at the back of Dublin Castle Top tip Also watch out out for the little silk Road cafe

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

We're glad that you enoyed your visit to this unique survival from the early eighteenth century. Many thanks. 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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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This is an extremely small, extremely old library near St Patrick's Cathedral. Expect a very short little visit for about 3 euros. What is fascinating is that apparently in the old days books were so expensive that they would 'lock' up the students in a cubicle with the books they wished to study so they couldn't walk out with the... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Quick visit here -- maybe a half an hour. It cost 3 euro each to get in, which I thought was fair. The library is two rooms and is full of the smell of old books, which I adore. The exhibit that was on was Imagining Japan, which is about early European accounts of Japan. There were somewhere around 12-13... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

I finally got to visit this marvelous little library on my third attempt (it was closed the first two times because of the Easter holiday) and I was glad I did. It is similar to the Old Library at Trinity College but on a much smaller scale, and has that smell of old books that bibliophiles love so much. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The staff were very approachable and happy (and able!) to answer all my questions. Very interesting indeed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This library was wonderful! The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. It is small so it won't take much time to get through it. They have a book decorating station and a quill pen station that children will enjoy. My only thought was that they should have a book open in a display case for you to see what the... More

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