Marsh's Library
Marsh's Library
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
One of Dublin's most beautiful tourist attractions. Established in 1707, Marsh's Library is a beautifully preserved library of the early Enlightenment complete with its original oak bookcases. Visitors often comment on the wonderful smell. The library contains over 25,000 rare and interesting books, and our current exhibition brings a selection of these to life for visitors.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: South City Centre
How to get there
  • St. Stephen's Green • 8 min walk
  • Harcourt • 10 min walk
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  • Gabrielle I
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great time in an old library.
    I greatly enjoy libraries, and libraries full of old books are the best! Had a wonderful time just wandering through the halls, walking back and forth just looking at the books. Attempted the Lego scavenger hunt (missed a few!) and am excited to come back and research something!
    Thanks so much for your review, and we will welcome you back when you have your research ideas!
    Written August 22, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 29, 2023
  • E T
    The Hague, The Netherlands229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    Very beautiful library, small but impressive and interesting. Quit, not a lot of tourist, location outside the St. Patrick Cathedral on a corner, hidden in a garden. Staff very helpful and friendly. Good idea for children they have a scavenger hunt for lego figures, which images were the old writers, like Bram Stoker etc. with explanation.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to review us, much appreciated. So glad you enjoyed your visit!
    Written August 22, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Sarah X
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful space with much to explore
    Marsh's Library, on its face, seems like an odd place for a tourist to stop—a rather small historic library, rather niche in its appeal. Yet, this ended up being one of my favorite places in Dublin. Not only is it beautiful, but the curators kindly entertained my many questions about Latinate titles, preservation, and even Esther "Stella" Johnson (a cast of her skull resides in one of the reading rooms.) In the hustle and bustle of the city, it was a welcome view into a corner of its history.
    Wow, what a fantastic review to receive, thank you so much!
    Written April 24, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Susana G
    Portugal11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but not that much
    It's good, however if you're not a geography guy it might not be worth paying for it. It's repetitive, as expected - you'll get plenty of bookshelves. Additionally, you'll find old discovery maps, which are interesting. Don't regret going but would not recommend over other places.
    Maybe future exhibitions might tempt you more, not everyone likes maps! Thank you for reviewing us.
    Written April 24, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Sarada Bonnett
    Covington, Louisiana59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marsh’s Library
    Marsh's Library in Dublin is a literary haven, steeped in history and charm. Established in 1707, it stands as one of Ireland's oldest public libraries. The moment you step through its iconic wooden door, you're transported to a bygone era. The architecture, with its wooden galleries and antique bookcases, creates an atmosphere that whispers tales of centuries past. The collection of rare and ancient books is nothing short of awe-inspiring. From dusty tomes to delicate manuscripts, each piece feels like a portal to a different epoch. The library's commitment to preserving these literary treasures is evident, and the sense of reverence it imparts is truly remarkable. Wandering through the hallowed halls, you can almost feel the intellectual energy that has permeated the space over the centuries. The tranquility is punctuated only by the creaking of the wooden floors and the occasional flutter of a turning page. The staff, passionate about their charge as custodians of this literary trove, are both knowledgeable and welcoming. They add a personal touch, sharing insights into the library's history and the significance of its holdings. Marsh's Library is not just a collection of books; it's a living testament to Ireland's literary heritage. Visiting feels like stepping back in time, providing a rare opportunity to connect with centuries of human thought and creativity. For anyone with a love for literature and history, this library is a must-visit, offering a glimpse into the past that is both enriching and profoundly moving.
    Wow, what an amazing review to get! Thank you so much!
    Written April 24, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 29, 2024
  • Paul B
    Chirnside Park, Australia877 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small cost for great comparison to Trinity Long room
    For a public library this is clearly unique and worth the cost. You may not spend long in here but for lovers of libraries, books and history it is worth doing. Located right next to St Patrick's Cathedral.
    Thank you!
    Written June 7, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2024
  • Kennedy M
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lego Hunt @ Marsh’s Library
    My friend and I went to Dublin for the day and saw Marsh’s Library on the “things to do” page! Great visit with a Lego Hide-and-Seek scavenger hunt which made the exhibit fun and entertaining! Had fun and will definitely recommend to others!
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 12, 2024
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JRMADA
United States3,326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This is a lovely library and the first public library in Ireland (1707). The staff is so kind and helpful, and if you go when it first opens, you’ll have it all to yourself for a few minutes (that’s what we did). Don’t forget to ask about Johnathan Swift’s corner and Bram Stoker’s table. Here you can actually see the books up close, and I was told during my visit that a book by Sir Isaac Newton is part of their collection. However, this one is under locking key and not on display (too valuable). It is a working library, so people do get to check out the books. Non flash photography for personal use is allowed, so go, ask as many questions, and take as many non flash pics as your heart desires. You’ll get a discount on your entry fee if you buy the combo ticket (St Patrick’s cathedral and Marsh’s Library). We highly recommend it!
Written September 2, 2022
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A highly detailed review, we are very impressed and appreciative!
Written April 20, 2023
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Mena
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Marsh’s Library was a great experience for us. Even though it is quite small, there is a lot packed in there. The shelves and shelves of old books and the ladders gave me the feeling of standing in Hogwarts' library. Hidden throughout were Lego figures to find and tick off a sheet as a nice little game (very convenient for my husband to pass the time I took immersing myself into the 18th century feel and chatting with the staff). The staff was very friendly and helpful, answering all our questions and giving bonus information e.g. pointing out bullet holes in some books and book cases from the Easter Rising. Great atmosphere with the original furniture famous authors like Bram Stoker sat in while researching. Quite a few books are displayed in cases with explanations to go along with the beautiful paintings, texts etc. Even the gift shop is cute and holds various little knickknacks that make for more interesting souvenirs than the usual. The staff was helpful here as well, going above and beyond in writing down my email to send me a message when a sold out item I had my eyes on is back in stock for ordering in the online shop.
Written August 25, 2022
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What a fantastic review to receive. So glad you enjoyed your time with us. Much appreciated.
Written August 26, 2022
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Alfie C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
I was originally intending to visit St Patrick's Cathedral but this was right next door, so I thought I'd take a look. The lady at the front desk was lovely and gave an overview of the key facts before I walked through. Full of history and a perfect addition to your sightseeing schedule as it only takes 15 minutes. The €5 donation is worth it, or students go free.
Written August 25, 2020
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Thank you for writing us a review, so glad you enjoyed the library.
Written December 7, 2021
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Paula T
Chelsea, Canada46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Interesting library on the grounds of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, but nothing special after Trinity College Library. Once inside and having seen the first intricately-carved bookshelf the rest become very repetitive. There are few outstanding books, collections, or distinguishing stories. Worth a visit if you want to extend your stay in the area of the cathedral, but boils down to two large rooms full of the same stuff.
Written August 3, 2022
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Thank you for your review, our space it difficult to compare with the size of the long room, perhaps a little more intimate here!
Written August 26, 2022
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Paul B
Chirnside Park, Australia877 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
For a public library this is clearly unique and worth the cost. You may not spend long in here but for lovers of libraries, books and history it is worth doing. Located right next to St Patrick's Cathedral.
Written June 1, 2024
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Thank you!
Written June 7, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sarada Bonnett
Covington, LA59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Marsh's Library in Dublin is a literary haven, steeped in history and charm. Established in 1707, it stands as one of Ireland's oldest public libraries. The moment you step through its iconic wooden door, you're transported to a bygone era. The architecture, with its wooden galleries and antique bookcases, creates an atmosphere that whispers tales of centuries past.

The collection of rare and ancient books is nothing short of awe-inspiring. From dusty tomes to delicate manuscripts, each piece feels like a portal to a different epoch. The library's commitment to preserving these literary treasures is evident, and the sense of reverence it imparts is truly remarkable.

Wandering through the hallowed halls, you can almost feel the intellectual energy that has permeated the space over the centuries. The tranquility is punctuated only by the creaking of the wooden floors and the occasional flutter of a turning page.

The staff, passionate about their charge as custodians of this literary trove, are both knowledgeable and welcoming. They add a personal touch, sharing insights into the library's history and the significance of its holdings.

Marsh's Library is not just a collection of books; it's a living testament to Ireland's literary heritage. Visiting feels like stepping back in time, providing a rare opportunity to connect with centuries of human thought and creativity. For anyone with a love for literature and history, this library is a must-visit, offering a glimpse into the past that is both enriching and profoundly moving.
Written February 29, 2024
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Wow, what an amazing review to get! Thank you so much!
Written April 24, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Justin
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Not on most peoples to do list which means it's not busy and you can actually interact with the librarians. We were the only patrons in the library. If you're interested in a specific book, schedule a showing, as this is still a public library. Make sure to find the books with bullet holes and all the Lego figures.
Written June 19, 2022
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What a lovely title of a review to get. So pleased you enjoyed your visit with us!
Written June 20, 2022
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Lea W.
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
I did a interhip in Marshs Library in summer 22' and it was amazing. The library is really a hidden germ in Dublin. For me, it's a must visit for everyone! And if you book a combi ticket - Marshs Library and St. Patricks Cathedral you get 2 times more experience and fun for a small budget. The internship was one of the best things I did, during my apprentice as a library assistant/technician.
Written March 24, 2023
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Hi Lea! Thank you! We were so glad to have you!
Written April 20, 2023
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Ciyates
129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I am so glad we made the time to find this hidden treasure. It is a self guided tour but they do an amazing job of setting you up for success. It is so much more than an old library it is a piece of history. Can be done in about 45 minutes so worth the time.
Written October 15, 2022
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Thank you so much for your review!
Written April 20, 2023
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Jackie Gould
London, UK76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Very neat library and was definitely a step back in time. The staff was kind and even had a mini game to play while walking through the library. A must visit when in Dublin. Also just an FYI, there is a $5 (euro) charge to enter.
Written March 10, 2022
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Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We're glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written April 3, 2022
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