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Marsh's Library

St Patrick's Close, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 454 3511
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A Real Pearl

Old books leather bound a place of inspiration very friendly people small but worth the stairs to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Hidden Treasure

If you love books or literature, this is a great place to explore. I fell upon it by accident, but... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Montreal, Canada
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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 titled: 'Hunting Stolen Books', an exhibition of books that went missing from the collection but were luckily found, returned or replaced.
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  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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St Patrick's Close, Dublin, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 454 3511
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Old books leather bound a place of inspiration very friendly people small but worth the stairs to climb. Bram Stoker was in this place go and hear who else frequented this enchanted old library 📚. Love it love books Highly recommended

Thank catc0x
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you love books or literature, this is a great place to explore. I fell upon it by accident, but I was very happy to do so. The entry fee is very small (2 pounds for students and 3 pounds for adults) and it was...More

Thank F390ATgiulial
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

As a bibliophile I was so pleased to visit the Marsh library. It's beautiful bookcases and exhibits create a magical atmosphere. The war poetry exhibit was powerful and moving. The Lego trail is perfect for little ones and those young at heart. A must see...More

Thank ew349
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tucked next to St. Patrick's Marsh's Library is a bibliophiles dream. It was the first public library in Ireland and most of the volumes date from the mid 1700s. Joyce and Brendan Behan did research there, but -- partly because the irreplaceable volumes are objects...More

Thank Alice P
Reviewed 1 week ago

You may have visited the Book of Kells and the Long Room at Trinity, but this library located near St Patrick's Cathedral is a must for book lovers. Dean Marsh had an extensive collection that was utilized by Bram Stoker and others (you can visit...More

1  Thank 822amyn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another place I have passed many times and never bothered with. I went on a tour of it this week with my sister who played in its gardens as a child. What a gem steeped in history. As I wandered through it I wished the...More

Thank IRL48
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a must. The collection is impressive and was the first public library in Ireland. People like Bram Stoker and James Joyce visited the place to research or writing here.

Thank Salva G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The library even if it's in the city centre is place in a quite peaceful area of Dublin. The books showed are amazing, photos are not permitted though. Writing with a quill pen is an unique experience. Good place for old people, couples and also...More

Thank Simone B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like libraries and you are near St. Patricks Cathedral it's worth finding this interesting but small library. I thought it would be more interesting, and I was told it was free but was accosted on entry to pay a few pounds. It is...More

Thank spiesner
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I definitely preferred this library to the old library of UCD, less crowded and lovely atmosphere! The staff is also incredibly nice and helpful.

Thank Amy L
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