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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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Back in time

Well worth a visit. Check out the caged in area where one was allowed to read under lock and key. This was to ensure nothing was stolen from the library

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Dublin, Ireland
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189 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. Check out the caged in area where one was allowed to read under lock and key. This was to ensure nothing was stolen from the library

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Campbellford, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm a huge book junkie, and I've been wanting to visit this library for ages. Finally made in on my most recent trip to Dublin, and I'm so glad I did. Just gorgeous, if you're a book lover this is like heaven. The only downside is that you can't take any photos inside the library, but they do have a... More 

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

Thanks so much for your lovely review. Much appreciated...you can come again! More 

Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Marsh's library around Halloween on a beautiful autumnal day. From the moment we saw the entrance, we were entranced. It is a beautiful ambient building located beside an eerie graveyard and the impressive St Patrick's Cathedral. On the day we visited, we were greeted by two lovely, friendly young people. The girl gave us a great summary on... More 

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

Thanks so much for your lovely review, much appreciated! More 

Harrisburg, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Marsh's Library during our Halloween vacation in Dublin. What a lovely, magical place! The staff was so welcoming and lovely. The library itself has such a hum to it...it's just bristling with history and good book vibes. <---that's a thing. I only wish we could have taken photos but maybe part of the magic is just BEING there.

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

Thanks so much for your great review. Whole heartedly agree with your last statement too! More 

Chester, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Transporting experience if you have any interest in books or history. Just a magical, evocative place. Older kids (especially if they're Hogwarts buffs) may enjoy it as well and it's a quick trip if they don't.

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

In this library (opened in 1707), you can feel and smell the atmosphere of past centuries. There are books and manuscripts from the 15th to 18th centuries. Books are housed in two galeries joined by a reading room. You can not miss that place.

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Much appreciated, thank you! More 

Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

The experience at the Marsh's Library is much more personal and "hands-on" than at the Trinity Long Room Library...It might be, because the place is not as famous and well known, so you get to enjoy the smell and look of old books in a more quiet environment that is not crammed with tourists. Not to mention the very friendly... More 

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

Thank you so much for this lovely review...how eloquent, you must be a writer! More 

london
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Step back in time ... and get a good insight into Dublin's past. When we visited they had an interesting, and very even handed, view on the Easter Uprising .. explaining why not every Dubliner supported the rising (even after the end of the uprising and executions)

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Kilcock, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

I had liked the library on Facebook as I heard they were trying to finance more preservation for their stock dating from the 17th century. I donated and was given a special deal of being able to call in anytime they're open, with a few extra bits. I called in in January and was gobsmacked, it's a beautiful building, and... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind donation, can we name you our No.1 fan!? More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

The first 'public' library in Dublin, Marsh's still has it's book cages (you were locked in with a book) and almost medieval ambiance. Visit Marsh's for a trip back in time ... you will be more than pleased , Great volounteers who are more than willing to tell you the history behind the place .

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Thanks for your review, much appreciated! More 

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