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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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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 '1916: Tales from the Other Side', exploring minority experiences of 1916 and the years that followed.

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A hidden gem…

A little hidden from a main road you find Ireland’s first public library. It’s not as big as the Long Roam but it is none the less equally impressive. It sure deserves more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A little hidden from a main road you find Ireland’s first public library. It’s not as big as the Long Roam but it is none the less equally impressive. It sure deserves more visitors! The staff is friendly and interesting to talk to. If you are into books or history… go there!

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Thank Ole S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

its a beautiful place,, starting with the steps to front door,, gorgeous,, the inside feel so old,, and so many books,,, photos can be taken in hall and stairs but not in liberary,, well worth a visit.

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

Thank you! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can practice calligraphy!! Lovedddd it! And try out hats from previous eras it is a very nice place make sure to visit it and it is right next to Saint Patrick Cathedral Some of the oldest books in Ireland are there so its worth a visit

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

Thank you for your review, we're delighted you enjoyed your visit! More 

Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must stop for all lovers of old books. They have plenty of shelves you can look at but if you would like to see something specific up close, call ahead and book a tour !

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

Thank you for your review. Just to add a note that more specialised tours where you are shown books from the collection can be arranged, but this does normally come with an added charge. More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Attraction is not free to see but it's worth to spend the money. (however I believe they could do it for 5 euro not 8-9...). Master collection of books that will take you back in time! Also you will see famous books of Kells and you will feel ancient scent of books that for book lovers will give unforgettable life... More 

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

Thanks for that review, however I think you are confusing us with our good friends in the Long Room (Trinity College)! More 

Durham, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was underwhelmed by the library and not impressed with the entrance fee. Dublin has lots to offer but this was not too impressive.

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

Sorry you didn't enjoy our Library. It just wasn't your bag! What's not to love though? Readers have included Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker and James Joyce. Books in same place on ancient oak shelves for 300 hundreds. The unique smell of old leather and books. We currently have a great exhibition on '1916' with books ripped apart by bullets, and... More 

Port Townsend
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoy the smell of old books as you visit this small library. Bullets penetrated some books during the 1916 Rebellion. I enjoyed taking a selfie of myself in provided Irish cap and spectacles--Facebook friends were surprised.

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

Glad you enjoyed the Library. Thanks for visiting, and helping to preserve this ancient institution! More 

Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We were fortunate to hear about this library from a tour guide and it is very interesting. 2016 is the 110 year anniversary of the Easter rising and there was a lot of information and objects such as books with bullets embedded from a century agol.

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

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

We discovered this wonderful library following our visit to St. Patrick's Cathedral. It houses some wonderful books dating from the fifteenth to eighteenth century. The interior remains just as it appeared 300 years ago and is definitely worth visiting. We were very moved by an additional display of old books damaged in the 1916 rising by bullets when the library... More 

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

Thanks for your review of our library, we are glad you discovered us! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

When you enter Marsh's Library, you are immediately greeted by a friendly face and given a brief introduction to the collection and it's highlights. It is a small library so you can definitely pop in for just an hour or so and get a good sense of the place. You can see "bullet books," the table both Bram Stoker and... More 

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

Many thanks a million for your lovely review of our library and staff, much appreciated! More 

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