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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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Great things cn come in small packages!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Geel, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Great to hear! Thank you! More 

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

At 3 euro for admission, this tiny library soon gives way to a much larger library. Photos are forbidden for all but one corner of the library where you can dress up in funny hats and deal with quill pens for writing. The reading cages though show how prized literature really was. People could not be trusted to read books... More 

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

Many thanks for your review! More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is no where like this Library. Rich in history and culture. A real privilege to look back into the past.

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

Much appreciated! More 

Paris
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For enthusiasts of hsitoire books and their architecture, this place is absolutely magical. Smaller than the famous library from the Trinity College, but also more humane and peaceful .The library for over 300 years and everything is vintage .The staff are extremely helpful

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

I will make sure all the staff in the library hear about your comments, thank you! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After touring some beautiful cathedrals, stepping into this quiet and beautifully preserved library was a joy. The staff were knowledgable and friendly. Definitely recommend.

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Jason M, Ed Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this review

Thank you!! More 

Valencia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A couple of minutes from the cathedral. Low entrance fee €3, Helful ticket seller gives you a brief overview. No photography. Ireland's oldest library. High shelves in alcoves (yes you could say a miniature version of the Old Library in Trinity). Nice history, links with famous authors, the bullets from both sides in the 1916 Rising, the problems it had... More 

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Nacogdoches, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Marsh's Library this summer in part because we had contributed some money for the restoration of a book there. This was supposed to generate a free tour of the space. It didn't, so even the €3 fee was annoying (and frankly a little expensive by Dublin standards for such a small space). Most of the staff was... More 

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

Dear friends, Sorry you didn't enjoy your visit. We hadn't received the message that you were going to arrive as it went to the old email for the 2015 fundraising campaign, and not any of the Library email accounts. If you had announced your presence at the entrance when you arrived we would have made a great fuss of you,... More 

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