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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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The oldest public library of Ireland

Marsh’s Library is a great place and you should definitely visit it! I did an internship there last June and I fell in love with the library. It isn’t a huge place, but the small... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Bonn, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Marsh’s Library is a great place and you should definitely visit it! I did an internship there last June and I fell in love with the library. It isn’t a huge place, but the small entrance fee is worth it. Marsh’s has a lot of interesting exhibitions going on. And the staff is just awesome! They take a lot of... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing bit of history to experience whilst in Dublin. This Library is close to the City Sightseeing bus stop making it easy to visit. A lot of history kept in pristine condition. The staff are very knowledgable. You can even have a go at writing with a Quill and ink! Great souvenir to take home.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my two teenage daughters here, it is such a surprising little gem of a place tucked away at the back of St. Patricks Cathedral, it is as if time has forgotten it. It doesn't take much time to see it and is well worth combining with a visit to the Cathedral.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Book lovers like myself will adore and be fascinated by this library. It holds so many old and fragile books you barely dare to look at them. Also, you can practice your calligraphy skills a little.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Paid a short visit to Marsh's Library today. It's old, early 1700's. Still a public library. Small, very interesting. Added bonus today was a tour of the garden. This is not often available, so thanks again. I liked the cages where students were locked in. (To protect the books, not make people study). It's a charity, maybe leave a donation.

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Crewe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I found this library very interesting. Steeps back in history that you can read about in the glass cabinets as they have papers and books with the history of the library. You can try on hats and write with a quil. Worth seeing if you love books.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Marsh's Library is a great place for a quick visit to a small museum/library. The library is pretty much unchanged since it was opened 300 years ago so its a time capsule into how libraries would have looked in the 18th century. The staff are helpful and happy to answer any questions. If you are in danger of being all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

i personally think that the marsha's library is among the best places I visited so far.it is well preserved and you can see the same table where joyce was used to read and create. the smell of the books is real. it is very tiny but concentrate the beauty of the written paper

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Julie B, Education at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kinds review! Please do visit again for the next exhibition! More 

Mullingar, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

As a native of Dublin I send all visitors to Marsh's - its only a few minutes away from the center of town but most people have never been there or heard of it. Marsh's is the best kept secret in Dublin or Ireland for that matter. Tell everyone and do go visit it is a real treasure.

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

Many thanks for all your work in sending people our way! Much appreciated. More 

Armagh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

A warm welcome was given from the entrance to the Library and all during my visit. here was also a willingness to help answer questions and queries about what was on display, how it was displayed, and what worked well for the Library's visitors.

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Great to hear! Thank you! More 

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