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Marsh's Library

St Patrick's Close, Dublin D08 FK79, Ireland
+353 1 454 3511
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A small and cute place

Good if you're into libraries and small off-the-beaten-path-type places. There's a small fee to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rebecca A
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Ottawa, Canada
A Delight

Went to Marsh's Library at the recommendation of another. What an historic joy! The stories... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JourneyImaged
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San Francisco, California
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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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St Patrick's Close, Dublin D08 FK79, Ireland
South City Centre
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+353 1 454 3511
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Good if you're into libraries and small off-the-beaten-path-type places. There's a small fee to enter (2 euros when we went), but the people are friendly. They had a fun Lego person hunt on when we visited, which made it more interactive and interesting. However, if...More

Thank Rebecca A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to Marsh's Library at the recommendation of another. What an historic joy! The stories about stolen books, with some returned or replaced, is intriguing.

Thank JourneyImaged
Reviewed 1 week ago

Oldest public library in Dublin dating from 17th Century. Includes cages in which readers were locked to prevent theft! Amazing collection of very early books still consulted by scholars. Enthusiastic staff only too delighted to inform visitors. Just around the corner from St Patrick's Cathedral....More

Thank 359frank
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Step back in time with Marsh's Library. This is a must for every visitor to Dublin. It is a magical & atmospheric experience.

Thank frankobserver50
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Marsh's Library during our short stay in Dublin when Bram Stoker Festival took place and were very pleasantly surprised to find such an amazing and well preserved old library. As you enter you really feel that your travelling in time back to the...More

Thank Jurgis K
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited the library today and were totally amazed with it. There are so many old and rare books there. The smell of the old books......I loved it. So much history in that library. It looks like something out of a Harry Potter movie and...More

Thank CathyB1964
Reviewed 11 October 2017

I love libraries and do my best to visit historical libraries around the world. However, Marsh's small and perfectly formed library managed the one thing that others have not - it kept teenagers interested. It's well worth a stop off on any trip to Dublin.

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Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Glad to hear it! Thanks so much!

Reviewed 11 October 2017

Interesting exhibit currently showing about the lost books of the library. Definitely take a stroll all the way to the back of the library to check out the reading cages that were used to keep books from "disappearing". Low admission fees and potentially a good...More

Thank WorldTravel2192
Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review. Much appreciated!

Reviewed 10 October 2017

Small library with St Patricks Cathedral, more interesting than the cathedral itself. Currently have an exhibit on Stolen Books that were recovered over the years. Worth a visit if you like old books.

Thank vmcallister
Reviewed 8 October 2017

The Marsh Library staff really know their stuff. Let them talk. Listen carefully. Ask questions. Listen some more. The displays are informative. The library is superb. The postcards and special Marsh Library books are brilliant.

Thank murmac2017
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